Policy and Advocacy

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:

SDG Target 4.7

“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

Meeting with Liz McInnes MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

In November we met with Liz McInnes MP, 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. the UK.

Development education consultation

We are responding to the DFID consultation on the future of the Global Learning Programme and have published key messages for members to use to assist their own responses. Find out more about the consultation and read Think Global’s response.

Joint letters on global learning

In September, Jess McQuail wrote to Kate Osamor MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development in a joint letter from the representatives of the development education networks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The letter highlighted the importance of engaging learners in all sectors of education with global issues in our increasingly complex world and the central role of global education should have in government initiatives for poverty
reduction and social equality. Read the lettter here

Following the General Election, Jess wrote to Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development, in a joint letter on the importance of global learning from representatives of the development education networks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The joint letter reiterated the importance of engaging young people in global issues in our increasingly complex world and asks the Government to reconfirm its commitment to supporting this engagement and learning. The letter also highlighted the value of the Global Learning Programme, the role of global learning in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for inter-departmental partnership. Read the letter here. We received a reply in July from The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP on behalf of the Department for International Development (DfID) to this letter. Read the reply here.

Joint letter on Lobbying Act

Our CEO Jess McQuail signed a joint letter from Bond members in September to new Minister for Civil Society Ms Stacy Crouch MP, calling on the government to implement the recommendations made by Lord Hodgson as soon as possible. The Lord Hodgson review found that the Act fails to get the balance right and proposed several changes to the legislation. Read the letter. Disappointingly, the government has since announced that the Lobbying Act will remain unmodified. Read Bond’s press release following the government’s response.

Joint letter on SDGs

Our CEO Jess McQuail signed a joint letter from Bond members in June which stresses that the SDGs should be an important component of the UK Government’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda. Read the letter here. See key points from Priti Patel’s speech on at ‘What the world needs from Global Britain’ event on Bond’s website or the speech in full on the DFID website.

Palace_of_Westminster,_LondonSubmission 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 does citizenship and civic engagement mean in the 21st century? and ‘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).

UK Aid for education: Discussion meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Education for All

Rebecca Sharkey, Membership and Public Affairs Manager attended the APPG on Global Education for All  discussion meeting on 13 September about UK Aid for Education. Read more in Rebecca’s blog.

Global learning in Parliamentary questions

Following a meeting with Leeds DEC in early September, Hilary Benn MP (who is patron of Leeds DEC) wrote to DFID to ask the following three Parliamentary Questions about global learning:

  • What plans are there for the future of development education?
  • Is it policy that we will continue in EuropeAid Development Awareness Fund post- Brexit ( Hilary Benn is the Chair of the all-party BREXIT committee)?
  • What is going to be the Future of the Global Learning Programme?

These answers were submitted by Alistair Burt MP on 12 September: Read the responses here.