Vision and mission

A sustainable, inclusive and just world where people live peacefully with each other and their environment. Regardless of where they live and regardless of differences in nationality, culture, religion or gender. That is the ambition of Kruit together with its many partners.

Kruit is committed to anchoring and strengthening global citizenship education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Dutch-speaking Belgium. Because we believe in the power of young people. Because we find it important that young people think about and shape a better global society and future.

Kruit is a knowledge centre for and by the sector. Kruit brings together organisations from the worlds of practice, policy and research, encourages them to exchange knowledge and expertise and, together with them, rolls out in-depth partnership projects.

Context

Kruit is a programme financed by the Belgian Minister of Development Cooperation. The programme was founded in 1997 by former State Secretary Reginald Moreels under the name Kleur Bekennen / Annoncer la Couleur and has been part of the Belgian Development Agency Enabel since 1999.

On 1 September 2019 Kleur Bekennen became Kruit, the knowledge centre for global citizenship education in Dutch-speaking Belgium. Whereas Kleur Bekennen previously mainly focused on educational offerings and services to schools, Kruit is positioning itself as a supporting expertise centre for the sector.

Within Enabel, Kruit works closely with its counterpart Annoncer la Couleur, which aims to promote global education in French-speaking Belgium. The Kruit / Annoncer la Couleur programme is made possible with the financial support of the Belgian Development Cooperation.

What is global citizenship education?

For Kruit, global citizenship comprises two equally important pillars: global awareness and critical citizenship. Global awareness refers to the consciousness that people are interconnected worldwide, both socially, economically and ecologically. Moreover, we are all part of humanity and working together is necessary to respond to the many global challenges.

In addition, critical citizenship is crucial: the ability and courage to question existing rules and power relations, to recognise and respect different convictions and perspectives, and to engage in informed discussion. Global citizenship education works on these two pillars. It aims to provide pupils with competencies that enable them to actively participate in society, both locally and globally.

In this vision text  developed together with Annoncer la Couleur, we frame global citizenship education and our position as a knowledge centre within Enabel.

Sustainable Development Goals

Kruit is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030. These 17 goals aim to end poverty, inequality and hunger worldwide by 2030 and to enable a sustainable and peaceful society on earth.

Global citizenship education was given a key position in the Agenda 2030. Development Goal 4.7 aims to ensure that all pupils acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including through education about global citizenship.

Global citizenship education contributes to the worldwide spread of a culture of sustainable and peaceful coexistence, reduces (gender) inequality and ensures more global justice. For this reason, investing in global citizenship education is not only a finality in itself, but is also an essential condition for realising the other sustainable development objectives.

Publications

As a knowledge centre within Enabel, Kruit and Annoncer La Couleur have the ambition to build a bridge between theory and practice in the field of global citizenship education. Therefore, we jointly publish online quarterly issue papers with a relevant, stimulating focus. In addition, we publish an annual printed magazine in which experts from the sector have their say.