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Benin - West Africa

 

 

In a modern, rapidly developing world that is undergoing global changes that substantial impact on our daily lives, we need to educate our children to appreciate their role as a Global citizen. Global Education is a holistic educational concept which enables people to appreciate global issues and how our own actions impact on the lives of others across the globe. Therefore, the main focus of the project is to develop and encourage critical reflection and discussion around issues such as social justice, global citizenship and sustainable development.

All Saints wants to support schools and teachers to raise the issues of Global Education in different subjects. Moreover, we want to encourage schools to raise the awareness of Global Education as a concept for their school development.

 

  • What is Global Learning? Global Learning imparts knowledge about the world, informs about worldwide interrelation and encourages to act responsible in terms of 2 global sustainable development.
  • Global Learning brings forward personal development and social learning in a global framework.
  • Global Learning is a pedagogical concept, which includes issues of development policy, sustainable development, human rights and peace education as well as intercultural and interreligious learning.

 

The Global Curriculum Project is an international pilot initiative which is simultaneously taking place in 40 schools from the following countries: Austria. Benin. Brazil, Czech Republic and Great Britain.

 

 

All Saints are proud to be a member of such an exciting project and hope to develop new and exciting links with the countries involved and use these opportunities to enhance the already vibrant curriculum offered at All Saints. 

 

The visit was made possible through the work of the Humanities departments (History, Geography and RE), who have worked closely with the Leeds Development Education Centre delivering lessons with Global Curriculum themes. 

 

On a personal note, I would like to add that the visit was inspirational and life changing. My views of education in Africa have changed dramatically having watched teachers inspire their students using one exercise book for a class of 30 and relying on chalk and a board to work on. The students I taught were the privileged few as only 40% of the children attended school but these students all had one thing in common and that was a desire to learn and better themselves. 

 

Although all staff involved in the study visit had a few tummy problems, this did not stop us from making the most of an amazing opportunity to develop our own understanding of the global issues that West Africa are dealing with and how they are changing their own destinies by challenging their own futures. Many thanks to all those who made this study visit possible.