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IDEAS coordinator Dr Tanya Wisely last week attended the Global Education Network Europe conference in Florence, Italy, on behalf of DfID and the Global Learning Programme.

IDEAS' Global Citizenship Month, which took place throughout September and included a roadshow, a Parliamentary event and a stint at the Scottish Learning Festival, has proved a big success and we hope to keep the positive momentum going, with more events planned later this year and in early 2017 - watch this space.

Learning for Sustainability Scotland is working with members to develop a new task group focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Scotland's Minister for International Development and Europe Dr Alasdair Allan MSP has announced that Scotland is going to build upon international development partnerships with four countries from 2017.

A new online learning course that will allow teachers to explore how to incorporate global citizenship into their schools and lessons without having to attend physical courses will be launched by the end of 2016, IDEAS is announcing today (29 September).

The new State of Civil Society report has been released for 2016, and looks at rising threats to civil society, the demonisation of activists and the exclusion of many from participating.

Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney has launched a new education plan for Scotland, aimed at closing the attainment gap.

International development network CONCORD Europe today hosted an online discussion entitled Consequences of Brexit: What does it mean? How should we react?

YouthLink Scotland, working with a range of partners, has convened a steering group to explore the potential for commissioning research to demonstrate the impact of youth work.

The MSPs who will make up the Education and European & External Affairs Committees at the Scottish Parliament for the next session have been announced.

An action plan has been published from the recent meeting of the UN DPI/NGO conference,  looking at education for global citizenship and how it forms part of the 2030 Global Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published its global competency report, laying out knowledge, skills and values needed for an 'inclusive world'.

A major report has been launched setting out the implementation of Learning for Sustainability recommendations and the long-term vision up until 2030.

An awards ceremony will take place next week in Aberdeen to recognise pioneering work done by six schools in the city as part of the innovative Miniature Earth Learning Project.

This September will see an exciting celebration of global citizenship across Scotland, including a roadshow, a conference for education policy makers and local workshops.

The Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network (TEESNet) has announced details of its 2016 conference, entitled Measuring What’s Valuable or Valuing What’s Measurable? Monitoring and Evaluation in Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has just launched its new Strategic Plan, outlining its work priorities until 2020.

Learning for Sustainability, including global citizenship education, is an absolutely fundamental way of making education relevant to young people's lives, says IDEAS network director and Global Learning Programme Scotland director Dr Tanya Wisely.

Participants in the Teach Global Ambassadors programme talk about how major world issues can be successfully incorporated into everyday lessons, in a new video.

Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) is next week starting a road trip around Scotland, aimed at engaging with members but with a chance too for schools to find out more about Malawi.

The important issue of children's rights is on the agenda this year in Scotland, with a major event taking place next month and a number of new resources.

The Global Educator of the Year Award, launched in 2015 to recognise and celebrate the contribution of UK educators helping young people to become good global citizens of the future, is taking place again this year.

People are invited to host an event during 2016's Global Day of Citizen Action, on 14 May. The Global Day of Citizen Action is part of a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of 'civic space' - the freedom to speak out, organise and take action.

IDEAS welcomes wholeheartedly the Scottish Government’s announcement of the continuation of funding to Scotland’s six Development Education Centres (DECs).

The Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS), Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP), Scottish Fair Trade Forum and Christian Aid Scotland are holding a hustings event for members next week.

This September will see the annual conference of the Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network, which will focus on opportunities and challenges in the monitoring and evaluation of sustainabile development and global citizenship education.

The Scottish Government last week launched a major consultation on its international development policy, stating that its current budget is “spread too thinly”.

Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan has urged schools to take part in a conversation about what Learning for Sustainability means across Scotland.

The Development Education Research Centre has recently launched two important research reports, both written as part of the Global Learning Programme in England, looking at the adoption of global learning in English schools, and pupils' understandings of poverty.

Oxfam Scotland this week launched its public Even It Up campaign, to increase awareness of global inequality and to let people know what they should ask politicians in Scotland to do to challenge it.

MDEC is delighted to welcome Hannes Sundkvist as our new Fair Trade Co-ordinator. Hannes knocked on our door and said ‘I have a passion for fair trade and want to work with you!’ Of course we said yes…

Together Scotland is an organisation that IDEAS members may be interested in. It is an alliance of charities focused on increasing awareness of children’s rights.

IDEAS members may already be aware of two recent publications that will be key influences on Scottish education over the coming period and are likely to be the focus of much political debate. 

Global Citizenship Matters is taking place later this month as part of the Global Learning Programme Scotland series of conferences.

To celebrate the launch of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, Aberdeen for a Fairer World and the Montgomery Development Education Centre have launched a visual design challenge.

The current refugee crisis, caused by war, conflict and repression forcing people to flee their homes and everything they know, has recently taken centre stage in the public consciousness. More than half of refugees in the world are under 18.

Tomorrow sees the Teach Global Ambassadors conference taking place - celebrating the culmination of a two and half year IDEAS project in partnership with JKC in Lithuania.

IDEAS and its members are preparing to engage with the Scottish Government’s new Fairer Scotland initiative, designed to look at the many ways in which Scotland could be made a fairer place by 2030.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed this July that Scotland would be one of the first countries to sign up to the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which outline a number of high-level objectives for countries, including ending poverty, ensuring access to education, achieving gender equality and promoting sustainable development.

A successful reception to highlight inequality and sustainability around the world was held at Westminster in July, with a high turnout of 42 MPs. Hosted by the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS) and BOND, the work of IDEAS and Scotland’s development education centres was represented by Susan McIntosh from SCOTDEC.

A series of workshops to be held in Scotland this September is designed to help youth workers increase their understanding of global issues, supporting them to broaden and deepen the social and political participation of young people.

Teachers in Scottish secondary schools who would like to build Global Citizenship and Learning for Sustainability into the curriculum should not be short of ideas and advice, because there are plenty of recent initiatives and publications that can help them.

Two exciting global citizenship events will take place next Monday in Inverness as part of a new Kenyan Connections project.

A new report from UNESCO highlights the role of education as a common good, and is expected to stimulate debate amongst stakeholders about the future of education to benefit all.

Global Citizenship, Learning for Sustainability and Rights - over sixty teachers from around the West of Scotland showed their commitment to these key agendas when they attended Wosdec’s recent conference, entitled ‘Global Citizenship Matters’.

A new book has been published in Scotland that is designed to inform young people about global issues that affect humankind and how they can be tackled positively.

A group of intrepid staff from five of the six development education centres across Scotland set off to the Trialog Partnership Fair in Vienna earlier this month. The aim of the trip was to find out about development education in other parts of Europe, learn about EU funding streams, and hopefully meet potential project partners.

Dundee’s One World Centre has organised a series of events to bring teachers together for the final part of the Global Learning Programme, with an emphasis on reflection and sharing of experiences.

Are you tired of wading through long lists of resources? Looking for inspiration? Need to know which resources will really work in your classroom and fit with the Scottish curriculum?

Teachers attending a May event in Aberdeen can find out how other schools are embedding global citizenship, a key strand of Learning for Sustainability, across the curriculum.

A pair of major global citizenship education conferences for primary classroom, deputy and head teachers will take place in Edinburgh and Glasgow next month, offering participants the chance to really engage with how to teach global issues and supported by Global Learning Programme Scotland.

Teachers and other professionals working with young people across Scotland can take part in an exciting two-day workshop bringing together participants from Ghana, Malawi and Kenya as well as Scotland itself.

Highland One World Centre is looking for a new Global Learning Officer, to work with its Global Learning Coordinator on influencing policy and practice to embed global learning within schools in the north of Scotland.

A major two-day event Character, Culture and Values, focussing on pupils’ characters and on values-based education, will be held in Glasgow on 15-16 June.

An extensive new curriculum area has just been launched on the website for the Teach Global Ambassadors programme.

The West of Scotland Development Education Centre (WoSDEC), which works at local level in the West of Scotland with teachers and local authority education staff to support and promote global citizenship education, is looking for a full-time global education advisor.

An extensive new library of global citizenship books, reports and other resources has just gone online on the DEEEP website, offering in-depth information on a range of topics, as well as inspiration for the more casual browser.

The huge issue of global inequality is one that can and should be addressed in schools, explains Oxfam’s curriculum adviser Anne Kane in the latest update of global citizenship education magazine Stride.

A major new report on monitoring Education for Global Citizenship has been launched by the Development Awareness Raising and Education Forum (DARE Forum) of CONCORD at the UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education in Paris – with a view to making sure that the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals include a focus on the quality of education for global change.

Over one thousand organisations from the fields of development and philanthropy around the world have joined forces to launch the post Millennium Development Goals Action 2015 campaign, figureheaded by 15-year-olds, whose lives will be impacted positively or negatively depending on upcoming decisions to be made by world leaders.

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