What is DEAR?

Also called “Global Citizenship Education”, Development Education and Awareness-Raising (DEAR) enables people of all ages to reflect critically and assume active roles, both locally and globally.

"It empowers people to understand, imagine, hope, and act to bring about a world of social and climate justice, peace, solidarity, equity and equality, planetary sustainability, and international understanding".

DEAR and Global Citizenship Education encompass formal, nonformal and informal education.

The EU DEAR Programme in numbers

35 000


trained in global development issuet

14 million

european citizens

engaged in campaigning, advocacy and education actions



implemented changes in their education practices

Building a more inclusive society where people feel co-responsible for global inequalities and the ecological crises.