Wales Alliance for Global Education

Introduction

We are an alliance of organisations that cares passionately about our young people, now and for future generations.We want to see Wales’ young people thrive responsibly in a globalised world as informed, skilled and empowered citizens.

Our alliance brings together more than 20 organisations, including NGOs, local authority representatives and education practitioners. We share a commitment to ensuring the education system supports Wales to be a stronger, world leading nation – informed about social justice in Wales and around the world, with the skills to compete on the global market while contributing to a more sustainable future for all.

We believe Global Education is the route to make this happen.

For more information or any enquiries please email wage@wcia.org.uk

What is global education

Global education motivates, empowers and enables people to become active, responsible citizens of Wales and the world, through:

  • Engaging with contemporary issues and becoming knowledgeable about their community, society and the world
  • Understanding and exercising their human and democratic responsibilities and rights
  • Respecting the needs and rights of others, as members of a diverse society
  • Showing their commitment to the sustainability of the planet

Benefits of global education

Global education:

  • Supports, equips and motivates young people to enhance their learning in all subjects including literacy and numeracy through real-world learning.
  • Gives young people confidence to interact with and understand their role as citizens of Wales, and their impact at a European and International level.
  • Supports inclusive classrooms, playgrounds, communities, villages, towns, universities and workplaces to build upon Wales’ heritage as a cohesive and welcoming country.
  • Keeps young people informed about the rapidly changing political, environmental, social and economic state of the world, which is vital for them to think critically and make informed decisions about their identity, actions and role within and beyond the classroom.
  • Acts as a catalyst for young people across Wales to enhance their employability for Wales’ workforce in a global market. According to The Global Skills Gap research (Think Global, 2011), three-quarters of businesses think we are in danger of being left behind by emerging countries unless young people learn to think more globally, and are worried that many young people's horizons are not broad enough to operate in a globalised and multicultural economy: 75% and 74% respectively agree with these two statements, and just 5% and 7% disagree.
  • Provides a solid footing from which to understanding Wales’ place within the UK, Europe and the wider world, and situate the impacts of our personal and national choices.

Latest research

The benefits of global education within the classroom have been emphasised in recent reports. The Donaldson Review (Donaldson 2015) calls on all our children and young people to be:

 ….ethical, informed citizens who:

  • find, evaluate and use evidence in forming views
  • engage with contemporary issues based upon their knowledge and values
  • understand and exercise their human and democratic responsibilities and rights
  • understand and consider the impact of their actions when making choices and acting
  • are knowledgeable about their culture, community, society and the world, now and in the past
  • respect the needs and rights of others, as a member of a diverse society
  • show their commitment to the sustainability of the planet and are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world

The ESTYN review of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (2014) showed that progress has been made in Education for Global Citizenship. However, there is still much to do to build on the effective practice demonstrated in some schools. The review found that there is still a need for schools to improve pupils’ understanding of the more complex ESDGC concepts, plan for progressive development of the ESDGC themes and ensure there is strong leadership and appropriate training in place throughout schools in Wales.

The Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 places a duty on all public bodies to deliver sustainable development. Global Education provides a means to do this within classrooms museums, libraries, parks and public venues across Wales.