CoDEC Global Learning Conference 2014 Report

CoDEC Global Learning Conference 2014 Report

Report from the conference, Global Learning is Good Education: How we can work together to inspire schools and teachers to create a sustainable, fairer world?, held in Birmingham in November 2014. The conference was organised by the Consortium of Development Education Centres (CoDEC), with support from Think Global.

Students 4 Global Action

Case study: You can bring students together for ‘global action’ conferences, and they join together in writing inspiring action plans, but what happens then? NEAD (Norfolk Education & Action for Development) organised a programme of student conferences, with pre- and post- conference support to help their ‘action plans for a better world’ come to fruition.

Liverpool Schools in One World

Case study: How can school councils – students elected to represent the views of all pupils – get involved in global issues? Liverpool World Centre (LWC) works with school councillors to increase their awareness and understanding of global interdependence and of the difference that they as individuals can make, for example by supporting and promoting fair trade, and looking beyond that to the implications of ethical consumerism.

A Multicultural Celebration

Case study: How an event celebrating diversity managed to raise the self-esteem of asylum-seeking young people in an area experiencing hostility and racism towards immigrants.

Global Matters

Global Matters celebrates just some of the exciting examples of global learning going on around the country in schools, youth work and communities. The case studies show active and participatory approaches that engage learners and encourage critical thinking about a range of important topics, including global trade, environmental sustainability, race, child labour and refugees. They demonstrate the innovative work which is taking place throughout the country, often through the involvement of the voluntary sector. We hope they encourage other educators to reflect on their practice and seek support to develop global learning in their own settings.

Enabling effective DECs?

A key purpose of the Enabling Effective Support initiative is for the future development education agenda to be set from within the education sector. Harm-Jan Fricke suggests that this, combined with other challenges, will require revolutionary changes in the practice of many Development Education Centres.