A global perspective can enhance the curriculum by providing students with opportunities to:
- Develop the critical thinking skills they will need to interpret our fast-paced, rapidly changing and contradictory world
- Better understanding of the whole of society and the environments in which people live
- Consider the future, the dynamic nature of human society, and each person’s capacity to choose and shape preferred futures
- Explore important themes such as change, interdependence, identity and diversity, rights and responsibilities, peace building, poverty and wealth, sustainability and global justice
- Reflect on social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of human interactions and the implications
- Explore cooperative learning and action, and shared responsibility
There are a variety of things teachers can do to help them incorporate global learning into the curriculum.
- Audit of where you might already be touching upon global learning knowledge/competencies
- Map your curriculum to identify opportunities that already exist to link your curriculum to either global issues (e.g. water, health, education) or to develop skills or values related to global learning (e.g. planning something to do, discussing concepts like fairness)
- Take a global issue or theme you want to study, and break it down into components which you could use in different ways within the curriculum. 1.For example, see below how you could do this for the issue of water
You can get more information and support to do this in the Global Teacher Guide or from your local Development Education Centre (in England). For teachers in Latvia, Hungary and Ireland see your own country page for more details on this.