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.

For all global citizenship development

  • Educational Innovations - Bridge 47 Subgranting - Call for Applications

    Are you working in the area of Global Citizenship Education or educational innovations? Do you think that education can change the world around you for the better? If your answer is yes, Bridge 47 welcomes you to participate in a call for innovative educational projects.

  • Our LfS event at Scottish Parliament

    On Thursday October 4th 2018, IDEAS' members gathered together for an event at Scottish Parliament sponsored by Ross Greer MSP, titled 'Equity and Excellence through LfS'. With guest speakers including pupils from St. John's Academy and Carnoustie High, our focus was on the vital role of Learning for Sustainability in closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

Global Learning Programme training in your area here

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  • Global Learning Programme Scotland Global Learning Programme Scotland

    Global Learning Programme Scotland offers practical fully- funded support to clusters, schools and teachers to develop global citizenship across the curriculum and through whole school activities. The Programme is aimed at all sectors - primary, secondary (including transition) and additional support needs.

  • Learning for a better future: a Global Citizenship approach Learning for a better future: a Global Citizenship approach

    Looking for something new and inspiring for the new school year? Passionate about building a fairer, more sustainable future through education? This FREE year-long GTCS accredited course in Learning for Sustainability (Global Citizenship) is suitable for practitioners working in the Primary, Secondary or ASN sector who have completed two years with full registration.