On 23 April 2018, the sixth edition of the Global Classroom entitled “The Influence of Diaspora on Democracy-Building Processes: Behavioural Diversity” started at the Academic Council hall of the Yerevan State University. The aim of the Global Classroom is to gather students and experts from seven regional master’s programmes in Human Rights and Democratisation to create a unique international forum of discussion on human rights and democracy issues through key note speeches, presentations, practical seminars and debates.
The event revealed stories and examples of the role of diaspora communities across different regions. Diasporas have become important and visible players both on the global stage and for their homeland countries. The influence of Diasporas includes a wide range of global and national issues such as conflict and peace building, advocacy, economic development, policymaking, democratic governance etc.
As part of the events featured in the Global Classroom week (23-27 April) and of the GC MOOC on Memory Sites and Human Rights, a visit to the Tsitsternakaberd Memorial was organised.
The Global Classroom 2018 was jointly organized by the Yerevan State University and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights within the framework of the Global Campus of Human Rights, a network of seven regional master’s programmes in Human Rights based in Africa (Pretoria), Arab World (Beirut), Asia Pacific (Bangkok), Caucasus (Yerevan), Europe (Venice), South East Europe (Bologna/Sarajevo) and Latin America (Buenos Aires).
State representatives, international and non-governmental organisations, think tanks, diplomatic corps, the EU Delegation, Ministries of Diaspora and various diaspora organisations were also present at the event.