Let's Talk More About Global Learning
What is global learning?
Global Learning is an Education for Global Citizenship process aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. Through experiential and active learning, students are encouraged to engage critically with global justice issues, while developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to participate actively in their own development and in the development of local and global communities.
Global Learning is premised on a world based on solidarity, equality, and sustainability. It inspires students to strive for this world, through a process of thinking critically and active citizenship.
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How does global learning support the NI curriculum?
Global Learning is not an add-on to the curriculum, but rather provides an important lens through which to explore and enhance the existing curriculum strands, topics and skills. Global learning can be incorporated into any subject/topic taught within the classroom. For example, in maths lessons pupils can examine statistics on global inequality, while in music they can explore songs about injustice from around the world.
Global Learning helps schools meet existing curriculum requirements, promotes connected learning, and strengthens the quality of teaching within areas such as Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PDMU), The World Around Us, Local and Global Citizenship, and the Key Elements. Additionally, it compliments other initiatives and award schemes, such as Eco-Schools, Fairtrade Schools, International Schools and Rights Respecting Schools.
Ultimately, the aim of global learning is to ensure pupils leave school ready to contribute to developing a fair and sustainable world.