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Award Looks to Open Up a World of Learning for Teachers and Students

9th April 2014


Friday 28th March, saw the official launch of the EU funded Global Teachers Award programme at the National Global Education Conference, held at CAN Mezzanine, Southwark, London.
The half-a-million pound project originally developed by the Consortium of Development Education Centres, with seed funding from Oxfam GB, secured European funding last year to further develop the award and also pilot it in Latvia, Hungary and Ireland.
Richard Baker, Head of Education and Youth, Oxfam GB, stated: "(It was) wonderful to see how the scheme has come of age and is enabling teachers to inspire their students and other teachers in new ways when it comes to global citizenship."
Tom Franklin, Chief Executive of Think Global, added: "It is great to see the enthusiasm of teachers for the Global Teachers Award. I think it taps into one of the main reasons people become teachers in the first place: a desire to help young people play their part in creating a fairer and more sustainable world."
The award aims to up-skill teachers with the tools and knowledge to aid their pupils in better understanding how the world works using critical literacy and other global education theories.
A research paper published by Think Global in 2011 polled 500 chief-executives in the UK and over 93% of them agreed that "it is important for schools to help young people develop the ability to think globally," and 80% thought, "Schools should be doing more." (Global Skills Gap, 2011, Think Global)
The programme is structured as a three level award programme, with Level 1 being delivered by 19 Development Education Centres across England, with over 300 teachers having already completed the Level 1 Award.
The England partners for the award include Oxfam GB, Think Global and Liverpool Hope University. All GTA courses are listed on www.globalclassrooms.org.uk.
The Consortium of Development Education Centres is made of 30 centres across England. Members of CoDEC all agree that Global learning helps equip children and young people to live successfully and responsibly in an interconnected world. Global learning is closely related to 'the Global Dimension in the Curriculum' and 'Education for Global Citizenship'. Global learning is not an 'additional subject' to cram into an overcrowded curriculum, but goes to the heart of what education is for.
For further information contact: Nasrullah Anwar, 01772 252299, nasrullah.anwar@lgec.org.uk

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Only 2 weeks to go until National Global Education Conference!

14th March 2014

Come along and find out about current national initiatives such as the GLP, GTA and Connecting Classrooms; CPD opportunities; award schemes; local support and up-to-date, quality resources.

The day will include the official launch of the Global Teachers’ Award.

Friday, 28 March 2014
11am to 3 30pm
At CAN Mezzanine, London, SE1 EH

Register for free at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-global-education-conference-tickets-8261142299

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Summer CPD Programme- Course dates from April to July now available!

14th March 2014

LGEC's new summer CPD programme is now available. Many of the courses are now accredited by the national Global Learning Programme (GLP) so if you are a GLP school you can use your e-credits to pay for them. We are delighted to welcome DEC colleagues from other parts of the country to deliver courses for us here in Lancashire; Clive Belgeonne from DECSY, Pablo Guido from Liverpool World Centre and Claire Ward from Cumbria DEC. Follow the links on our website to make your bookings.

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International Alert host Peace Talks in the far east (of Lancashire!)

27th February 2014

Four and a half hours north along the motorways from London is the Brierfield community - about 5000 people living together outside Burnley. During the past century this Lancastrian town has evolved from predominantly white British to containing Pakistani British community of around a third of its population . The mills that initially attracted families from Pakistan seeking more prosperous lives are long gone. But the Pakistani families have remained and grown, and their ties with Pakistan preserved. What it means to be Pakistani, British, Muslim and Lancastrian is now layered with complexity. Identity in this part of Britain, as in many others, is a subject of much debate. And debate it we did, at the first Alert Peace Talks event to be held outside London, on 22nd January.
The event showcased the results of Alert's Promoting Positive Diaspora Voices Project (PPDV). As such, it was framed as a discussion about the role of the young Pakistani diaspora in addressing peace and conflict issues both in their country of heritage – Pakistan – and in their country of birth – England. The panel, chaired by Alert's Dan Smith, included two young students from Marsden Heights Community College involved in the project, a representative from the Pakistani consulate in Manchester, an academic, and a youth worker based at the school and also integral to the Diaspora Voices initiative.
What became clear as the panel warmed to the theme was the need to explore, understand and express identity. In particular, to readdress what the young students in particular viewed as misconceptions of their Pakistani and Muslim identity. Having just returned from a visit to Pakistan, organised as part of the PPDV project, the students on the panel (Tayeb and Zangeel) were at pains to explain to the audience how their country of heritage is not the terrorist ridden land portrayed in much of the media. The media was in fact the subject of some frustration. The students had the sense that the national media controlled the politics underpinning perceptions of Pakistan, rather than politicians, although local media stories had more credibility. There is a need and opportunity, said the students, for social media to generate more positive images of Pakistan.
One got the impression from this interesting exchange that the students from Marsden High who had begun to engage in this initiative had discovered a new way in to understanding themselves and their community. The youth worker assigned to the group emphasised that these kinds of opportunities were necessary to help Brierfield residents as a whole better understand the dynamics at play within their community – dynamics which create tensions between its white Lancastrian and Pakistani Lancastrian members, as well as between different generations and gender. The students' parents do not necessarily have the same experiences and perspectives as their children and this creates different expectations of what it means to be young, male/female, British, Lancastrian, Pakistani and Muslim.
The PPDV project has grown in popularity among the students at Marsden Heights the numbers "applying" to be part of the project exceeds places! The panel hoped that this would help retain talent within Brierfield and combat the trend of the better qualified moving out and away to other parts of the UK. For it is another misconception, held by some in Pakistan, that their relatives in Brierfield have riches beyond their dreams. There are certainly good opportunities for education, employment and careers in the UK, but, as the students reminded the audience, there is hope and opportunity in Pakistan also, and serious challenges to tackle in Brierfield.
If there is one thing the students involved in the Project seem to have got hold of it is the importance of not believing everything you hear – of questioning, and seeing things for yourself. It is something often exhorted but quickly forgotten. Something we all need if we are to manage our conflicts effectively and peacefully. And on this note, I learned from my trip north up the motorway that interesting and stimulating debates do not always have to take place in London!

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Spring 2014 Courses Now Available to Book

9th December 2013

If you are a secondary or primary school teacher and are interested in embedding global learning and citizenship into your teaching, or want to improve the future prospects of your students, then please click through to view our latest programme of Continued Professional Development course, including Fairtrade, Philosophy for Children, the Global Teachers Award Level 1, as well as new courses Understanding Islaam (linked with the Lancashire RE Syllabus) and Global Learning through Creative Writing.


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