Bringing Global Citizenship Education to the Middle East

(Jan.30, 2016) – Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Global Forum shares his view on Global Citizenship Education which he believes would become one of important element to build sustainable peace and security in the Middle East.


Dr. Carlos Alberto Torress, Chair of UNESCO-UCLA chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education (GCE) discussed with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister  Vu Duc Dam about promoting the GCE in Vietnam. 

Read Mr. Nguyen’ statement below.

The Boston Global Forum is gratified that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon supports the BGF’s Global Citizenship Education program.

In 2006, when I was  Chief Executive officer and Editor-in-chief of VietNamNet, I developed the idea of encouraging Vietnamese citizens to become global citizens. I believed that such a project would help Vietnam become a developed country. So I conducted a series of articles on global citizenship for VietNamNet.

I have since come to believe that Global Citizenship Education could become one of the most important ways to build sustainable peace and security in the Middle East.

How can we make it happen? The program would

  • Arrange for leaders of different religions – including Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus — to meet, talk and learn from each other as they discuss how to improve their fellow citizens’ lives, especially through education. The leaders should be encouraged to frequently resume their dialogues in order to continue to strengthen their mutual understanding over months and years. 
  • Make full use of technology, including the Internet and mobile phones, to organize the social networks that would provide a platform for Global Citizenship Education in the Mideast.
  • Make Global Citizenship Education content very flexible and accessible. For instance, this might include developing learning games to introduce people to the program’s principle.
  • Identify and nurture idealistic, highly intelligent and competent young adults to become leaders of the program’s educational campaign for peace and security. These young people would include volunteer leaders from G7 countries and the Middle East. They would help people in the region learn about the universal values of human rights as endorsed by the United Nations as well as the practical emotional, organizational and technological tools for applying these values in private life, business, government, schools and elsewhere to promote peace and strengthen a sense of shared community among people of different backgrounds in the Middle East
  • Persuade the G7 nations to support Global Citizenship Education financially and otherwise  to help develop peaceful, tolerant and prosperous civil societies, both for their intrinsic value for individual nations and to promote international peace and security.


Nguyen Anh Tuan is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Boston Global Forum ( and Chair of International Advisory Committee of UNESCO-UCLA Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education.