The Global Dimension of Education . An Introduction . The Context. In the next 10 minutes: 60 babies will be born in the US 244 babies will be born in China 351 babies will be born in India. Exponential Times. The top 10 in demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004
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The global dimension explores what connects us to the rest of the world. It enables learners to engage with complex global issues and explore the links between their own lives and people, places and issues throughout the world. The global dimension can relate to both developing and developed countries, including countries in Europe. It helps learners to imagine different futures and the role they can play in creating a fair and sustainable world (QCA, 2007).
Global Citizenship - Gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding of concepts and institutions necessary to become informed, active, responsible citizens.
Conflict resolution - Understanding the nature of conflicts, their impact on development and why there is a need for their resolution and the promotion of harmony.
Diversity - Understanding and respecting differences and relating these to our common humanity.
Human rights - Knowing about human rights including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Interdependence - Understanding how people, places, economies and environments are all inextricably interrelated, and that choices and events have repercussions on a global scale.
Social justice - Understanding the importance of social justice as an element in both sustainable development and the improved welfare of all people.
Sustainable development - Understanding the need to maintain and improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for future generations.
Values and perceptions - Developing a critical evaluation of representations of global issues and an appreciation of the effect these have on people's attitudes and values.
In Spring 2012 DFID announced that it will fund a Global Learning Programme – England (GLP-E) to increase and improve the teaching and learning, at Key Stages 2 and 3, of issues related to global poverty. DFID intends for the GLP-E to run for a period of 5 years (with extension options up to a maximum of 2 years) and has allocated a budget in the range £17m to £20m for the five year period. (Think Global)
What does a Global Citizen look like?
(Oxfam: Education for Global Citizenship)