A practical introduction to Global Citizenship Education

Global citizenship is living in a way that recognises our world is increasingly interconnected, and that our choices and actions affect other people and communities locally and all around the world.

According to Oxfam, a global citizen is someone who:

  • is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen;
  • respects and values diversity;
  • has an understanding of how the world works;
  • is outraged by social injustice;
  • participates in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global;
  • is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place; and
  • takes responsibility for their actions.

Find out more: http://www.ideas-forum.org.uk/about-us/global-citizenship

What if I want to access training and CLPL?

Your local Development Education Centre is there to help - find out where your nearest centre is and get in touch to find out about opportunities. Each DEC also has their own website that you can keep an eye on for upcoming events and training.

The Global Learning Programme Scotland (GLP-S) offers practical, fully funded support to clusters, schools and teachers to develop global citizenship across the curriculum and through whole school activities. Primaries, secondaries and additional supports needs schools can all take part.

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Meanwhile IDEAS acts as a central hub for DECs and organisations involved in global citizenship education, publishing events taking place generally as well as events that are part of the GLP-S programme 

Where can I find teaching resources?

Signposts is a helpful site that lists resources across difference topics and themes and for different age groups. Find it here: www.signpostsglobalcitizenship.org

You can also follow Stride, the online magazine for global citizenship, which offers resources as well as ideas, and inspiring examples of global citizenship education in action.

Is this going to add to my workload?

Teachers are undoubtedly under pressure with workloads. We are here to support you to develop global citizenship education, to show how global citizenship can fit into cross-curricular work, and most importantly, to help you explore the spark that this work can kindle in many learners, helping to spark curiousity about and engagement with the wider world. It's a profoundly rewarding area of work.