There is a global dimension to every impact of our lives. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the products we buy and what we watch on television, all link us to people, environments and communities both locally and globally.
Global Citizenship gives pupils the opportunity to learn about issues such as Fairtrade, diversity and human rights. It provides them with an understanding of how the world works economically, politically, socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally and encourages them to take responsibility for their actions.
We have suggested some simple steps to help pupils, parents, teachers and staff work together to become good citizens and raise awareness of important local and global issues.
Global Citizenship Projects
Fairtrade Schools Scheme:
A Fairtrade School is a school that is committed to Fairtrade, sells and uses Fairtrade products where possible and raises awareness of Fairtrade in the school and local community. This means it helps young people understand about how Fairtrade works and how to make global trade fairer.
The Fairtrade Schools Scheme is open to all UK primary and secondary schools. There are three stages to the award, FairAware, FairActive and FairAchiever (which is equivalent to the old Fairtrade School Award).
Department for International Development (DFID) - Global Schools Partnership:
The Department for International Development (DFID) Global School Partnerships programme offers a range of advice and guidance, professional development opportunities and grants to schools that are using their partnerships to embed a global dimension in the curriculum.
The programme aims to raise young people's awareness of development issues and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to become active global citizens.
For more information visit https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/funding/global-school-partnerships to register online and receive a welcome pack full of resources and ideas to help develop your partnership.
British Council - International School Award:
The International School Award is an accreditation scheme for curriculum based international work in schools.
The scheme provides recognition for teachers and their schools working to instill a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.
The International School Award supports schools to develop the following:
- An International ethos embedded throughout the school
- A majority of pupils within the school impacted by and involved in international work
- Collaborative curriculum based work with a number of partner schools
- Curriculum based work across a range of subjects
- Year round international activity
- Involvement of partner schools and the wider community in the UK
The international school Award is administered by the British Council and consists of a three tier system. You can apply for the foundation tier, intermediate tier or the full award depending on how much international work you have done so far.
For more information about the International School Award visit https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/accreditation-and-awards/International-School-Award
Oxfam - Building Successful School Partnerships:
Oxfam have created a comprehensive guide to help schools create an effective partnership.
Visit www.oxfam.org.uk/education/teachersupport/cpd/partnerships for more information and to access the Building Successful School Partnerships guide.
UNICEF UK Rights Respecting Schools Award:
The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school's planning, policies, practice and ethos. A rights respecting school not only teaches about the children's rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers/adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.
The RRSA has been successfully implemented across the UK and contributes to ESDGC, Community Cohesion and SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning).
To take part in the RRSA a school must register online. There are three steps to work through once registered, Recognition of commitment, level 1 and level 2 For more information on the Rights Respecting Schools Award visit http://www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa or email email@example.com
Christian Aid Educational Resources:
Introduce the global dimension to your school day! Download or order easy-to-use assemblies, classroom activites and games to help students engage with world issues and reflect on their own role as global citizens. Visit www.learn.christianaid.org.uk for more information.
Fairdo's is proud to be involved with the work of educating young fair traders in local schools. We are passionate about the message of Fairtrade reaching the younger generations and offer several services to teachers and pupils in order for this to happen. Visit the Fairdo's website to see what is offered to primary and secondary schools.
Some of the ways we can help schools include:
Sale or return service, for your school tuck shop, fairs or other events
Small groups of pupils and a teacher can come to the shop for a visit with activities and a chance to ask questions
Resource packs available for schools to borrow and things like posters that schools can keep
Supply catering packs of tea, coffee and sugar etc for staff rooms
New for Fairtrade Fortnight 2015, an online game about some of the varied products we sell, visit http://www.fairdos.com/fair-dos-on-line-game/ to play the game.
Fair Do's CIC
10 Llandaf Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 9NJ
Tel: 02920 222066
The shop is in Cardiff, but we welcome schools from across SE Wales
Global Citizenship Support & Advice
For support and advice on global citizenship in the Caerphilly county borough, please contact:
Tel: 02920 844646, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 02920 668999, www.cyfanfyd.org.uk
The British Council (Global Schools Partnership)
Tel: 02920 397347, www.britishcouncil.org/globalschools
Martha Musonza Holman, Fairtrade Schools Officer
Tel: 07879 400897, Email: Martha@lovezimbabwe.co.uk
Top Tips to become Good Global Citizens
Work to beome a Fairtrade school
Make the most of your school community, encourage people to come and share their knowledge and lifestyles with the pupils
Use games from other countries in the playground or during rainy playtimes
Set up a Fairtrade tuck shop or hold a Fairtrade coffee morning
Calculate the food miles of a typical school meal or breakfast
Hold a multicultural day
Develop an international link with another school to share information
Incorporate global citizenship into a variety of curriculum subjects
Raise money for a particular charity
Investigate art and music from different countries