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Press Release - 02 March 2007

What should be taught in a global classroom?

Children today are part of a growing international community and this needs to be reflected in what they learn at school. The strengths and weakness of current global citizenship education provision in the UK will be discussed at a workshop to be held in Bath (Wednesday 14 March).

The workshop, Global citizenship education: sharing perspectives, is part of the Economic & Social Science Research Council’s Festival of Social Science 2007.

The focus of the workshop will be to discuss key debates in the current global citizenship education agenda as understood by two distinct fields traditionally working in this area – international education and development education.

It will bring together professionals directly involved in international education, such as teachers from international schools and those involved in the International Baccalaureate, and those working in development education, in related non-governmental organisations, and on projects funded by the Department for International Development.

Dr Harriet Marshall, from the Department of Education at the University of Bath, who is organising the event said: “Key debates will be discussed. For example, in recent years there has been some debate about whether global citizenship education is more about developing active, responsible global citizens, or if it should be seen more as a mechanism for learning and engaging with global issues.

“Another tension lies between the need to prepare young people to become employable, technologically-literate and systems-astute world citizens, and the need to prepare young people to make moral and empathetic judgements about human rights issues, the environment and global inequality.”

The issues surrounding global citizenship education in the UK are becoming increasingly important as a greater number of schools offer different forms of global education. Traditionally associated with private schools, an increasing number of state providers now offer the International Baccalaureate and the International Primary Curriculum. A variety of secondary schools have also obtained the British Council’s International School Award and a number of recommendations and projects exist to help teachers develop their own understanding of global citizenship education through international exchanges and training programmes.

Dr Marshall, who is part of University’s Centre for the study of Education in an International Context, said: “As more schools ‘go global’, it is vital that everyone understands how the idea of global citizenship is being interpreted by policy makers, educationalists and teachers – it needs to be a meaningful experience for the pupils.”

The workshop, which is now fully subscribed, will run from 11am-5pm on Wednesday 14 March at The British Literary & Scientific Institution, Bath.

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