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ActionAid has been providing free resources for schools in the UK for over 30 years covering a variety of subjects across the curriculum. Alongside material to support school workshops on a range of topics, these free resources include: country factsheets, presentations, activities, and even 360 degree photos. ActionAid is a leading international charity working in over 45 countries. We work with the poorest women and children in the world, changing their lives for good.

Amnesty International UK

Amnesty encourages children at all levels of education to learn about human rights and why they are important. We offer support to students wishing to learn about human rights and also teachers who want to teach their students about them. We encourage all students to get involved with Amnesty by hosting human rights related events or coming along to ones organised by Amnesty, and by setting up an Amnesty youth group in their school. We also run training for teachers who have a passion for human rights, equality and justice. Resources are available online on a wide range of human rights topics.

Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin develops and delivers diversity & global education projects through world music, arts, dance and new media using a diverse creative team of professional artists, facilitators, global educators and multimedia specialists who are passionate about utilising their gifts for the greater good. Beyond Skin is also the local delivery partner for the world’s most prestigious international arts and education company, WOMAD. In partnership with the WOMAD Foundation, we have developed and deliver an accreditated course in understanding diversity through music, arts and dance, covering themes such as global citizenship, identity, equality, and human rights. We are also currently leading the #Youth4peace campaign in Northern Ireland. Our passion is to empower people to reach their full potential as global citizens is infectious. Building confidence and aspiration and addressing stereotypes and fears, our team and projects provide access through inclusive and enjoyable experiences, as well as opportunities for people to explore the wider world.

British Council Northern Ireland

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities which aims to foster knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries, creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. The British Council facilitates international partnerships between schools and offers an International School Award to aid schools in embedding international work. The organisation also provides many free online resources for pupils of all ages. The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning Programme (2018-21) supports schools internationally to learn about and collaborate on the big issues that shape our world. It helps teachers enhance lessons with global learning themes and offers students the opportunity to interact and learn with peers from other countries. Connecting Classrooms strengthens the knowledge, skills and attitudes young people need for life and work in today’s world, while encouraging them to make a positive contribution now and in the future.

British Red Cross

British Red Cross Youth Education aims to build humane and resilient communities by enabling young people to understand, cope with and respond to crisis. Our focus is on the crises caused by the harmful effects of emergencies, stigmatising behaviour and conflict. We explore the following topics: disasters, emergencies, first aid, refugees, migration, conflict and consequences, and humanitarianism. We have a variety of innovative and interactive resources available online to educators who interact with young people aged 6-19 years old. We also work directly with young people in Northern Ireland, focusing on areas where they are most at risk of identified crises or the harmful effects of crisis in relation to stigma, conflict and emergencies. Our education programmes are delivered throughout Belfast and Derry/Londonderry in a range of youth settings and schools.

Centre for Global Education

The Centre for Global Education manages the Global Learning Programme in Northern Ireland and is the project hub.  The Centre’s resource base carries the most complete collection of global learning resources in Northern Ireland. Our resource base has a range of teaching resources designed to meet the learning needs of students from Key Stages 1-4 in all subject areas of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Resources can be borrowed by members of the library or purchased by schools. This online catalogue shows what teaching resources are available. The Centre’s library also houses research materials such as books, box files, journals, development reports, visual aids and NGO material available for reference purposes and browsing on site. We also conduct our own research and publish Policy and Practice, the island of Ireland’s only global learning journal which is available in an open access format online with the entire archive freely accessible.

Children in Crossfire

Children in Crossfire specialize in teacher training and in supporting schools to embed a global dimension within their classrooms. We have extensive experience in using arts based methods and participatory activities to bring development education to the heart of the school community. We have developed the capacity building course TIDAL (Teachers in Development and Learning) to support teachers to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to use interactive methods for helping young people become compassionate change makers, working for a fairer and more caring world. Free TIDAL resources are available for teachers.

Children in Crossfire also deliver 2 core skills of Connecting Classrooms Programme. We support schools to nurture the Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills and the Student Leadership and Personal Development of students through active learning methods and frameworks that can support the implementation of Connecting Classrooms throughout the whole school. Connecting Classrooms offers recognition for schools through the International Schools awards and provides opportunities for CPD, travel and international partnerships.

Christian Aid

Christian Aid is able to visit schools to take lessons, play simulation games and give assemblies on a range of global development issues, including Fairtrade, trade justice, climate change, tax dodging, natural disasters and emergency response, conflict, gender, human rights, and sustainable development. Please contact the organisation to arrange a visit. Christian Aid also produces a range of teaching resources for schools including monthly assembly plans, simulation games and lesson plans. Christian Aid is launching a new touring interactive environment and development programme, which will be available to visit schools from Autumn 2015.

Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide’s primary engagement with NI schools is our Concern Debates Programme, which was launched in 2014. It is an all island programme, open to students aged 15-18 years old.  By participating in the programme students will gain the skills to develop an argument, research evidence to support it, and attain the confidence to communicate their view. In the league phase each participating school will be assigned four debates, two home and two away, on topics like climate change, genetically modified food and corruption, with resources provided to help them understand the topics. Training sessions are provided for pupils and teachers.  Volunteer adjudicators are assigned to each debate and provide feedback to the teams. Recruitment for the programme will begin in early September, with the programme finishing with a national final in May.  

In addition, the Concern Fast takes place each November and various supporting educational resources, focusing on causes and effects of hunger, are available to participating schools. A number of Fast Ambassadors may be available to give talks in School Assemblies.  Contact Concern to learn more. is an online hub focused on the unequal and unjust shape of the world today. It offers resources to stimulate debate and discussion about the issues and challenges we face which encourage us to make decisions about the type of world we need and want to create. The website is for primary and post primary teachers, youth workers, students, adult and community workers and those with an interest in the shape of the world! It provides ideas, tools and stimulis materials for exploring development and human rights issues such as human development, sustainability, fair trade, women’s rights, etc. Visit to browse through the online resource library and download themed guides, cartoons and photographs; read blogs from educators; and discover ways to take action. is maintained by a consortium of development organisations based in Ireland.

Eco-Schools Northern Ireland

Eco-Schools is the world’s leading environmental education programme. In Northern Ireland this free programme is operated by the environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. Eco-Schools is a pupil-led initiative which aims to make environmental awareness and action an intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school. The programme provides an ideal way for fostering environmental awareness in the entire school in a way that links into many curriculum subjects. Schools use a simple seven-step process to work towards achieving awards - bronze, silver and the prestigious, internationally recognised Eco-Schools Green Flag. Teachers can access a range of free curriculum linked educational resources through the programme. Schools can also get involved in a variety of Eco-Schools projects, campaigns and events throughout the school year to help them on their Eco-Schools journey. The programme is delivered to schools throughout Northern Ireland in partnership with a range delivery partners including most local councils.

Fairtrade Foundation

Fairtrade gives teachers a great opportunity to explore with learners many issues that face our global society: where our food comes from, supply chains, fairness vs unfairness, interconnectedness, the power of the individual, ethical business and sustainable development. When schools in the UK focus on Fairtrade, they show solidarity with children in poorer countries and this connection brings them together in a powerful global movement for change. We are asking schools to be part of this movement of change, to learn about Fairtrade, to support it and promote it. To support schools, we offer a wide range of free resources and three Fairtrade School Awards, which give lots of opportunities to develop learners' knowledge and understanding of global issues, as well as explore and critically evaluate Fairtrade. The Fairtrade School Awards aren't just about teaching about a single issue - they aim to allow learners to examine what fairness means, as well as how they can be involved in changing the world around them, promoting active citizenship as they understand the impact they have as citizens and young consumers. The Fairtrade School Awards are supported by The Co-op.

Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland

We can provide support to both primary and post-primary schools on global learning topics:       

Primary schools – Our Waste, Our World is a fun, interactive session facilitated by Habitat NI in partnership with Eco-Schools that explores waste and sustainability issues for Key Stage 2 Pupils. We also have additional resources and activity suggestions that explore the importance of home and its role in breaking the cycle of poverty. 

Secondary schools – Change Makers is a shared education and citizenship programme which brings two schools from across the community together to explore social justice issues and active citizenship during two facilitated workshops. The group also work together on a local Habitat worksite for one day and participate in a fundraising challenge. We also have additional resources and activity suggestions that explore the importance of home and its role in breaking the cycle of poverty for secondary school pupils. 

(Note: The resources mentioned above are available only through participating in the relevant programme/initiative. Call or email now to sign up.)


Oxfam Education website offers a huge range of ideas, resources and support for developing global learning in the classroom and the whole school. All of the resources support Education for Global Citizenship – education that helps pupils understand their world and make a positive difference in it. Teachers can also download guides and tips and join the Oxfam education mailing list on the website.

Additionally, our Send My Friend to School campaign is calling on pupils to speak out about the 37 million children who are missing out on school in countries affected by conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies. Unfortunately, our small team may not be in a position to offer CPD training or school speakers in Northern Ireland but you can find out more about local events and activities at or call 028 9023 0220.

Practical Action

We provide a range of FREE materials to fit the Northern Ireland science curriculum for primary and secondary schools. Our most popular materials are our STEM challenges which can be embedded in the curriculum and are also flexible enough to be used for STEM/science clubs; transition or as an off-timetable day.   These challenges enable pupils to look at a problem faced by a community in the developing world then use their skills to come up with a solution, which they then build and test a model of.  Our Squashed Tomato Challenge, Floating Garden Challenge and Beat the Flood Challenge are our most popular but there are lots more!  All challenges come with teacher’s notes, pupil worksheets, PowerPoint presentation, a poster and certificates to save you planning time!! Other materials include upd8s written in collaboration with the ASE, concept cartoons from Millgate House and materials on the Global Goals.

Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Send a Cow

Send a Cow Education seeks to equip young people with the knowledge, values and attitudes to help build a more just and sustainable world. Through our award winning Lessons from Africa website, engaging fundraising initiatives, free speakers and top quality support - we can help you to bring Africa to life in your classroom. From Early Years through Key Stage 1 and 2, to GCSE. 

Join us in Spring 2018 by challenging your students to take part in Read to Feed during March. Send a Cow's simple sponsored reading scheme encourages pupils to explore new books, whilst raising money to transform the lives of rural African families. To sign up or for more information, please click here


We provide Development Education Workshops for schools, including workshops on Global Citizenship, Gender, and Sustainable Development. Schools also have the opportunity to take part in our School Immersion Programme. This programme involves a 10-day overseas volunteering project and is available on request at different times of the year in line with the school term and suitable to the needs of the school and the overseas project partners involved. This project is available to all second level school classes (students aged 15 – 18) and will be designed in consultation with the school to devise the project elements suitable to meet the anticipated outcomes of the project for both the students and overseas project partners involved. Additionally, teachers can partake of the opportunity to travel during the summer to experience our Volunteering for Development Programme

Think Global

Please note: This site is now archived. 
This site is now a static reference resource maintained by the Development Education Research Centre, based at the UCL Institute of Education.

Think Global is a national education charity in the UK, working to enable people to understand and think critically about global issues, motivating and encouraging us to act for a more just and sustainable world. We bring together resources and expertise in global learning and skills development, engage with and strengthen the global learning sector, and develop policy focused activity to achieve our aims. We provide regular online and face-to-face training opportunities to teachers from across the UK. Global Dimension is our dedicated website for teachers, helping you explore ‘the world in your classroom’. It lists hundreds of teacher-rated resources and has extensive background information on global issues and news events, as well as a wealth of lesson activity ideas. There is also an online calendar of global dates. Via Global Dimension, you can also order our free global wallplanner  and sign up to the Think Global Schools Network to receive regular news and ideas about teaching global learning.

Tools for Solidarity

Tools for Solidarity offers an Education for Sustainable Development Programme (ESD), which consists of learning activities adapted to school & student needs. In particular, we focus our work on the areas of The World Around Us and Personal Development and Mutual Understanding at Key Stage 1 and 2. In the sessions, we explore aspects of sustainable development such as poverty and inequality, exploitation of natural resources, critical thinking, and the impact of our lifestyle on a global scale, as well as positive changes like Fair Trade. The methodology used in the classroom is dynamic and participatory in order to help students to build critical learning step by step, starting with a general understanding of sustainable development and building up to a more concrete knowledge of how daily actions have an impact on the world at both the local and global levels. The programme is easily adaptable to meet the learning objectives of partner schools so if a particular topic is of interest we will make sure it is included.


Trócaire's Development Education team provides FREE:

  • Educator support - Training and support programmes for educators in the formal and non-formal sector.
  • Resources - A range of development education resources to support educators and young people in exploring and critically examining global justice and human rights issues. 
  • School workshops -  Active learning workshops delivered by experienced teachers to classes of all age groups.

Schools can also take part in the Trócaire Awards Programmes, which encourage pupils to explore global justice issues.

UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.

Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. Our Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

Using the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as our guide, we are working with more UK schools than almost any other organisation. 1.5 million children in the UK go to a Rights Respecting School and more than 4,000 schools up and down the country are working towards the award. Schools work with us on a journey to become fully Rights Respecting. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.

Check out our website.

War On Want NI

War on Want NI will work with you to provide students the opportunity to learn about the experience of some of the most vulnerable people living in poverty in Uganda and Malawi. We will support your activities to gain an understanding of the issues affecting poor communities. We will provide contextual information and real life examples of what organisations like War on Want NI and individuals, both here and where we work, can and are doing to help the poorest people secure sustainable improvements in their quality of life and access the resources and opportunities necessary to achieve their full potential. Our support will be tailored to your needs and can range from presentations and workshops to project support, where your students can follow one of our projects over a period of time to develop a fuller understanding of development and the role of NGOs.

Water Explorer

Global Action Plan brings you the Water Explorer Programme. Water Explorer supports students aged 8-14 from 11 countries to take bold and powerful action to save our precious water, and tackle the Sustainable Development Goals. The programme is fully resourced, with lesson plans and resources online to help schools take action. Each lesson plan highlights the subjects and Sustainable Development Goals that the lesson links to. There are also opportunities for schools to link with other participating schools across the world. Participation in Water Explorer is rewarded with prizes, and your school may even earn an invitation to the annual celebration event where the UK’s top team is crowned. If your school is involved in Eco-Schools, our programme can also help you on your way to achieving that Green Flag. Taking part will develop students as global citizens and ambassadors for positive change. Join now and be part of our global community of Water Explorers doing their part to fill our future with water for all!”

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