Presentation on theme: "for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship"— Presentation transcript:
1for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Educationfor Sustainable Developmentand Global CitizenshipSarah LartSustainable Development Officerfor Education and Awareness Raisingor )
2Contents of this session What is ESDGC and why do we need it?How does ESDGC fit into Neighbourhood Learning?Strategic context in WalesWhere to find more information
3Think of an apple…. …and ask some questions….. Use of apple to stimulate discussion about environmental, social and economic considerations:-how grown (organic vs pesticides), distance travelled to consumer (environmental)-healthy choice of food, who picked it (social)-wages they earned, profit circulated in area of growing or taken by multinational (economic)…and ask some questions…..
4Globally connected economically through trade, banking etc: environmentally through sharing one planet, and one atmosphere:politically through international relations and systems of regulation.socially through the media and telecommunications:culturally through movements of people, music, food, arts, etc:Globally Connected. Today, more than ever before, the “global” is part of our everyday local lives. We are linked to others on every continent:economically through trade, banking etc:environmentally through sharing one planet, and one atmosphere:politically through international relations and systems of regulation.socially through the media and telecommunications:culturally through movements of people, music, food, arts, etc:
5Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development recognising our responsibilitiesvaluing our planet Earth as precious and unique,about understanding the need to tackle injustice and inequality,Sustainable development -is about the long-term well-being of people and communities; environmentally, socially and economically.a way of thinking and behaving. It is an outlook on life, a belief that we can “make a difference” by the way we live.…recognising our responsibilities both to each other and to the earth, locally and globally…. valuing the earth as precious and unique, and safeguarding the future for those coming after us.…about understanding the need to tackle injustice and inequality, and having the desire and ability to work actively to do so.Adapted from Global Citizenship, The Handbook for Primary Teaching, Oxfam 2002GC and SD are not separate, they each encompass the same ideas, but just expressed differently.NL has important role in well being and community development.Active stuff like yoga, dance, badminton, keep fit etcBasic skills – improving life chances, self esteem etcIT – 21st century skillsArts and crafts – self expression, enjoyment, sociable,
6Some of the challenges facing us EnergyClimate changesoil erosionAccess to waterWarHealthtechnologyAccess to creditHuman rightsloss of habitats,loss of landEconomic developmentGlobal povertyother thingswe have notthought of yet!Issues related to sharing the planet and it’s resources with 7 billion other people.access to education
7Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Prepare learners for the changes and challenges facing Planet Earth and its inhabitants in the 21st Century, and their role as Global Citizens.Developing people’s skills to take action that improves our quality of life now and for future generations.Some of the children in school today and many of those who come into schools over the next 10 – 20 years will make it through to the 22nd century. We have to make sure that we prepare those people for the challenges that they will face throughout their lives. We probably can’t even imagine what some of those challenges will be , but we need to prepare people to be ready for change.‘Children and young adults deserve to know that their fate is inextricably linked to, and affected by, the lives and decisions of others across the world. They have a right to understand the crucial issues facing the planet and know how they can personally play a part in helping shape the future. No school should feel it is unable to help its pupils gain these perspectives on the world’.Jane Davidson, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning
8Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship enables people to develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes and needed to become a Global Citizen and to participate in Sustainable Development.‘Children and young adults deserve to know that their fate is inextricably linked to, and affected by, the lives and decisions of others across the world. They have a right to understand the crucial issues facing the planet and know how they can personally play a part in helping shape the future. No school should feel it is unable to help its pupils gain these perspectives on the world’.Jane Davidson, Minister for Education and Lifelong LearningGives learners the opportunity to develop critical thinking about complex global issues in the safe space of the classroom.
9What’s in a name? One thing or two? Education for Sustainable Development and Global CitizenshipEducation for Sustainable Development and Global CitizenshipEducation for Sustainable Citizenship
10Knowledge and Understanding Social justice and equityDiversityGlobalisation / interdependenceSustainable developmentPeace and conflictSome of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are encompassed by ESDGC
11Skills Critical thinking Ability to argue effectively Ability to challenge injustice and inequalitiesRespect for people and thingsCo-operation and conflict resolution
12Values and Attitudes ● Empathy ● Commitment to social justice and equity● Value and respect for diversity● Concern for the environment● Commitment to a sustainable future● Belief that people can make a difference
13Some of the big issues in ESDGC Recognising our interdependenceUnderstanding and care for the natural environmentRespect for diversityPromoting global fairness and justiceGlobal interdependence through finance / economy, energy, food and agriculture, and most importantly via the atmosphere.Possibly the most important ideaKnowledge about the environment, prudent use of resources.Importance for health, well being, emotional, spiritual, economyEverybody’s life is different in some way – need to develop an understanding of similarities and differencesRecognising that we live in a world, where there are inequalities and injustices, but that these are something that humanity, ( ie WE) can deal with and reduce.and much more….
14ESDGC is … About links and interdependence. It is about taking action; doing things differently;trying to change the way we live and if necessary trying to change the world.‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’Nelson Mandela
15ESDGC is more of a continuous journey than a destination Basic – Just another initiative! Recycling!Developing – energy, fairtrade, other issues looked at individually and mentioned in some classes.Developed – ESDGC Policy with specific tasks and targets.Embedded – ESDGC is at the core of the ethos of the centre and all that goes on there.
16ESDGC in Neighbourhood Learning Teaching and LearningCommitment and LeadershipManagement of the CentreJoined up practiceResearch and MonitoringPartnershipsIt does not have to happen all at once!
17ActivityConsider the role of the Community Education Officer in supporting and promoting ESDGC in the NLC.What do you think would be the most important things to do?Can you identify any barriers that particularly apply to ESDGC?
18Seven themes– a convenient way of dealing with ESDGC Choicesand DecisionsWealthand PovertyIdentityand CultureHealthConsumptionand WasteClimateChangeNaturalEnvironmentESDGC
19Wealth & PovertyUnderstanding how people, the environment and the economy are inextricably linked at all levels from local to global.HealthUnderstanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle and acknowledging that basic needs must be met universally.Identity & CultureUnderstanding, respecting and valuing human diversity—cultural, social and economic and recognising the negative impact of discrimination and prejudice on individuals and groups.Consumption & WasteUnderstanding that resources are finite and that this has implications for people’s lifestyles, industry and future generations.
20Natural EnvironmentDeveloping respect for all living things and acknowledging the relationship between people and the environment.Climate ChangeRecognising the importance of taking individual responsibility and action to make the world a better place and understanding the range of alternative ways to both save and generate energy.Choices & DecisionsUnderstanding that choices and decisions have consequences and that conflicts are a barrier to development and a risk to us all and why there is a need for their resolution and the promotion of harmony.
21ActivityConsider the range of activities, courses etc covered in Neighbourhood Learning.Thinking about what is already being done or what COULD be done, can you identify one thing in each group of courses, that would relate to each theme of ESDGC.
22Strategic Context in Wales ESDGC A Strategy for Action September updated January 08 and Sept 09Covers all sectors within Education and Lifelong LearningSchoolsYouthFE and work based learningHEAdult and Continuing EdSeeThe National Assembly for Wales has a duty under section 121 of the Government of Wales Act 1988 to promote Sustainable Development in the exercise of its functions, that is, in everything that it does. Education is a very important part of this function and in September 2006 “Education for Sustainable Development – a strategy for action” was published. This was updated in January 2008 and Sept 2009.Covers all sectors of Education and lifelong learning.
23Some useful publications ESDGC: Common Understanding for schoolsESDGC: Information for Teacher trainees and new teachers in WalesOut of Classroom learningAll these documents can be downloaded from the websiteFurther guidance for schools “ESDGC : A Common Understanding” (English / Welsh) was published in September 2008, together with a companion document for trainee teachers and NQTs.
24Support available for ESDGC Cardiff Sustainable Education NetworkorNGfL Cymru WebsiteAny amount of teaching resources on webWAG ESDGC panel – producing curriculum maps and other documents