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The Global Learning Programme in England

The GLP supported teachers and their students in learning about the challenges our world faces, and think critically about how to deal with issues such as poverty, inequality and sustainability. It helped students make sense of the world in which they live and to understand their role within a global society.

The GLP focused on the following key themes:

  • knowledge of developing countries
  • knowledge of the basic elements of globalisation
  • knowledge of different ways to achieve global poverty reduction and development, and the arguments around the merits of different approaches
  • knowledge and understanding of the concepts of interdependence and sustainability
  • supporting enquiry and critical thinking about development and development issues.

As a result, the programme aimed to:

  • help young people understand their role in a globally-interdependent world and explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable
  • familiarise them with concepts of interdependence, development, globalisation and sustainability
  • move them from a charity mentality to a social justice mentality
  • stimulate critical thinking about global issues both at a whole school and at student level
  • promote greater awareness of poverty and sustainability
  • enable schools to explore alternative models of development and sustainability in the classroom.


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