Transformative Learning and Global Citizenship Education Initiatives in Indonesia

Prof. Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A., Vice Rector for Education and Student Affairs at the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, was one of the speakers at The 8th International Conference on Global Citizenships Education (GCED) in Seoul, South Korea, organized by the Asia Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU) under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

During this international conference, Prof. Dr. Didi Sukyadi, M.A. discussed transformative learning, which is closely related to Global Citizenships Education (GCED). According to him, the implementation of Global Citizenships Education (GCED) in Indonesia is developed in the form of self-directed learning policies and General Education Courses (MKU) in Civics Education (PKn), which are closely related to global issues.

Furthermore, he revealed that the embodiment of transformative learning is integrated into academic activities through projects in General Education Courses (MKU) that contain materials on global issues. Additionally, UPI has recently adopted an innovative approach in its curriculum by involving early-semester students in exploring global issues through project-based learning.

The course projects in Pancasila Education and Civics Education address global issues presented at the international conference on Global Citizenships Education by APCEIU UNESCO. These issues include fighting human trafficking, climate change, gender equality, social and economic inequality, refugee and migration crises, cybersecurity and digital technology, food security and hunger, global health, education and access to information, conservation and biodiversity, as well as human rights issues (UPI Public Relations/Yana Setiawan).

Through the implementation of transformative learning in these course projects, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia hopes to shape its students as responsible citizens in Indonesia and as global citizens or members of the global community (UPI Public Relations/Yana Setiawan).