Think Global works with others in the global learning sector to advocate for global learning at a national level. We are in regular discussion with the Department for International Development (DfID) and work with our partners to advocate for global learning in the UK.
Our focus is demonstrating how we and our partners are contributing to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular SDG Target 4.7 on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship:
“By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.
Policy and advocacy updates
Think Global responded to a public consultation held by the Department for Education on proposed changes to qualified teacher status (QTS), and on proposals for how to improve career progression for teachers. We answered questions that were relevant to Think Global’s remit of education in a global context, based around these areas:
• how to support teachers at the beginning of their career
• how newly qualified teachers (NQTs) embed the skills and knowledge from their initial teacher training (ITT)
• how to improve career progression for teachers, focusing on improving progression opportunities for all teachers throughout their careers.
You can read Think Global’s response to the consultation here: DfE QTS March 2018.
- We were joined by a small group of representatives from the global learning sector to meet with members of the International Development Select Committee at Westminster on 6 February. The purpose of the meeting was to brief members of the Committee on the work we and our partners are doing in schools across the UK to educate young people about global issues through the DFID-funded Global Learning Programme (GLP). We also raised the need for scrutiny of DFID’s decision-making process regarding the future of government funded global learning.
- We had a meeting at the end of January with Amelia Walker, Deputy Director, Research and Evaluations at Ofsted to discuss recognising the importance of global learning in inspections.
Just before Christmas, we met with Kate Osamor MP, Shadow Minister for International Development. She was glad to be briefed about global learning in the UK, and keen to support our work, especially with regard to the future of the Global Learning Programme. We briefed her about the new PISA global competence framework (the examination of local, global and intercultural issues and understanding the views of others around the world). Please join us for a free webinar introducing the PISA 2018 Global Competence Framework on Tuesday 6 February 16:00 – 17:00, details here.
In November we met with Liz McInnes MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who was keen to discuss the importance of global learning for her constituents. Particularly post-Brexit, and in the context of the huge pressures that schools and teachers are under, she agreed on the urgent need to promote global learning and provide people with opportunities to become active global citizens. We also discussed ways to encourage Parliament to engage more in implementing the UN’s the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK.
Labour Party International Development Task Force
Our submission to the Labour Party International Development Task Force focused on the need for ambition and imagination in order to implement Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 (‘education for sustainable development and global citizenship’) in the UK; the 1-pager can be read here.
Development Education Consultation
In the autumn, Think Global submitted a response to the DFID consultation on the future of the Global Learning Programme and published key messages for members to use to assist their own responses. Find out more about the consultation and read Think Global’s response.
Submission to the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement – September 2017
In response to a recent call for evidence, Think Global submitted responses to questions such as ‘What should be the role of education in teaching and encouraging good citizenship?’ We took the opportunity to highlight examples of inspiring initiatives from our partners that have helped promote a positive vision of British Citizenship within a tolerant and cohesive society, such as the Global Learning Programme, The Linking Network, Global Link (Lancaster) and Gender Respect Education Project – DECSY (Development Education Centre South Yorkshire). Read the Think Global submission.