Through the Global Learning Programme (GLP) schools are supported in their global learning journey by training teachers, demonstrating how to embed good practice across the whole school and enabling teachers and schools to take control and ownership of their global learning practice.
The teaching of Global Learning aims to help prepare young people for this changing world, by supporting teachers in understanding development education and feeling more confident in delivering global learning to their pupils.
The GLP is intended to be a whole school programme. Global learning principles at St. Mary’s are apparent in the curriculum and in the wider life of the school. It is not just about global learning being delivered through geography or any other single subject, or about the occasional assembly.
It is about educating children to think critically about the world around them such as development, security, trade and sustainability.
The GLP aims to:
- help young people understand their role in a globally interdependent world and explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable
- familiarise pupils with the concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability
- enable teachers to move pupils from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality
- stimulate critical thinking about global issues, both at a whole school and pupil level
- help schools promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability
- enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.
Within the St. Mary’s curriculum, each topic area will endeavour to include coverage of any relevant sustainable development goals (SDG) covering all aspects of a child’s life. They will look at the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. We will look at how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.
Following on from the GLP, the British Council's connecting classrooms initiative promotes the global importance of the SDGs. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the set of 17 agreed goals which all 193 UN member states have committed to. We understand the global importance of the SDGs, the impact our work will make to their delivery, and the wider role that the UK has to play in their implementation. cultural understanding and encourages cooperation by influencing people, policy and practice; building lasting partnerships; promoting mobility and exchange.
St. Mary’s is currently focusing on SDG 3, with the threat of the pandemic affecting all countries especially those in the developing world. At the moment, a lack of access to sanitation and hygiene is putting millions of people at greater risk of contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19)