September is Global Citizenship Month in Scotland

September is now officially Scotland's Global Citizenship Month, with events and challenges taking place across the country encouraging citizens to engage thoughtfully but critically with the world around them. 

This year, some highlights include:

  • Young Citizen Advocates events, where young people can engage with topics that thousands of them have voted for as priorities for next year's Year of Young People 2018 - equality, health & wellbeing and participation. We'll be hosting modern studies and science & technology events to explore these themes, as well as a major residential conference in early October.
  • An online #Books4aBetterWorld campaign, launched by Highland One World, which will encourage people to share the books that they think can create the most positive change in the world
  • The 'Safe Places Challenge' from Christian Aid, a practical event to explore with young people the challenges of having to flee your home.

After the success of last year's month, which featured a cross-Scotland roadshow and a central stand at the Scottish Learning Festival with footballers and a multicultural choir, global citizenship education network IDEAS decided to make the event a regular feature.

There are many kinds of events and ways to get involved, whether you are a teacher or a technologist, a pupil or a parent, see below:

Calendar of events

2 September Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms - Glasgow. Book tickets

5 September Introduction to Global Citizenship twilight session, Perth, run by One World Centre

9 September Highland Council Learning for Sustainability Festival: Scotland’s history, heritage and culture, Millburn Academy, Inverness 

10 September Safe Places Challenge for young people Find out more

12 September, and weekly until the end of the month Our Forests, our Future twilight session, hosted by One World Centre

15 September International Day of Democracy

15-17 September Global Goals Jam, Edinburgh Find out more

17 and 20 September How to Have Difficult Conversations about Migration More information

18-22 September Climate Week Find out more

20 September A Global Citizenship Approach to Literacy twilight session, Perth, run by One World Centre

21 September Young Citizen Advocates STEM event to be held at Ellon Academy by Montgomery Development Education Centre

21 September International Day of Peace

22-24 September Together We Speak global civil society event Find out more

25 September We the People - Take Action for the Sustainable Development Goals Find out more here and register here

27 September Young Citizen Advocates Modern Studies event to be held at Airdrie Town Hall, organised by Conforti Institute

27 September Fair Trade for primary & secondary schools twilight session, Perth, run by One World Centre

30 September Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms - Aberdeen. Book tickets

9-11 October Young Citizen Advocates residential conference to be held by Conforti Institute for young people to develop ideas on themes for Year of Young People

Throughout the month

As part of Global Citizenship Month Highland One World is holding a 30 day Books For A Better World challenge. People will share books that inspire action, develop empathy, help make connections, and make us think. Please join in using the hashtag #books4abetterworld and suggest your favourite books for changing the world!


Fair Enough? Talking About Aid and Development

80:20 Development In An Unequal World

Active Global Citizens: A Peer Education Resource

Miniature Earth Learning Project

World's Largest Lesson

You can also explore further resources at the Signposts site and of course browse excellent online global citizenship education magazine Stride.