The General Election and the appointment of the new Government has presented new opportunities to engage the Department for International Development (DfID) on the importance of global learning.
Think Global’s CEO Jess McQuail has written to Priti Patel, who has been reappointed as Secretary of State for International Development, in a joint letter from representatives of the development education networks of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The joint letter reiterates 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 highlights 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.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Priti Patel described herself as a global citizen and stressed that she would be seeking to integrate DfID more closely with other government departments.
Jess has also signed a joint letter from Bond members 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.
Think Global is in regular discussion with the Department for International Development (DfID) and will continue to advocate for global learning on behalf of our network.
Update 18th July
We received a letter from The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP in response to the our joint letter from the UK development education networks. Read the letter here.