Working with teachers, we bring the global dimension into the classroom developing active, global citizens. Key to this work is in promoting creative and critical thinking about the world we share. We also support learning in university teacher training programmes. We run training events for teachers about the social, political and environmental forces that shape the lives of people around the world and how to explore these in the classroom.
Our work with Schools
Does your school wish to incorporate a 'global dimension' to learning?
Do you want your teachers and pupils to understand how social, political and environmental forces shape the lives of people all over the world?
Do you want to promote creativity and critical thinking? Yes?
Our schools programme covers all of these and more.
- Teacher training both locally and nationally
- Support on bringing global citizenship into the curriculum
- Access to our specialist teachers resource centre with a wealth of children's books, curriculum support packs and artefact collections
- Subject-focused support networks for teachers
- A termly e-newsletter
To find out more about joining BPEC either as a school, individual or other orgainsation, please see our membership page.
What does it mean to have a global dimension to learning?
The global dimension incorporates eight key concepts:
Global citizenship - gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts and institutions necessary to become informed and active, responsible citizens
Diversity - understanding and respecting differences and relating these to our common humanity
Human rights - knowing about human rights including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Interdependence - understanding how people, places, economies and environments are all inextricably interrelated, and that choices and events have repercussions on a global scale
Conflict resolution - understanding the nature of conflicts, their impact on development and why there is a need for resolution and the promotion of harmony
Social justice - understanding the importance of social justice as an element in both sustainable development and the improved welfare of all people
Values and perceptions - developing a critical evalution of representations of global issues and an appreciation of the effect these have on people's attitudes and values
Sustainable development - understanding the need to maintain and improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for future generations
(source: Developing the global dimension in the school curriculum, published by DFID, March 2005)