Global Citizenship, Global Voices

What does it really mean to be a citizen of today’s world, especially in order to build a better place for all? Is it superhero strength and futuristic skills? Or is it connecting back to our most basic but important human values and the capacities of listening and empathising?

Our Global Citizenship live lesson is an invitation to explore these questions and a reminder of the immense capacities of kindness, caring and positive action moved by hope that we humans have, despite all the negative messages that we constantly hear. 

The live lesson includes a short, inspiring lesson for Early Years-P3 with children’s author Chris Naylor-Ballesteros; a full morning for P4-P7 classes with workshops delivered by our friends from the British charity Christian Aid and the award-winning children’s author Nicola Davies, and a pre-recorded workshop for High Schools.

We are grateful for the support of our friends at Scottish Book Trust for helping to make these lessons possible.


Early Years–P3

Children’s author and illustrator Chris Naylor-Ballesteros will join us to read his wonderful book The Suitcase, inviting pupils to explore empathy through a simple but effective activity.

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Upper Primary (P4-P7)

Workshop 1: What does it mean to be a good global citizen? Or even just a citizen? Emma Gardner from the British charity Christian Aid will explore these questions with pupils, looking at how fairness plays a key component of our connection to people and communities across the world, and at ways we can raise our voices and influence change.

Workshop 2: “Global citizenship starts with a face…” Children’s author and advocate Nicola Davies will take us on a journey through some of her books, including The Day War Came, The New Girl and King of the Sky , that will highlight the vital and necessary connection between empathy, kindness, story sharing and citizenship.  

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The Day War Came
Text ©2018 Nicola Davies
Illustrations ©2018 Rebecca Cobb
From THE DAY WAR CAME Written by Nicola Davies & Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb
Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London, SE11 5HJ www.walker.co.uk

King of the Sky
Text ©2017 Nicola Davies
Illustrations ©2017 Laura Carlin
From KING OF THE SKY Written by Nicola Davies & Illustrated by Laura Carlin
Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London, SE11 5HJ www.walker.co.uk

The Suitcase
Text and illustrations ©2019 Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
From THE SUITCASE written and illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
Published by Nosy Crow Books, London, SE1 1YW www.nosycrow.com 

High Schools

A pre-recorded session to accommodate your own timetable with pause points for discussion and linked activity.

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All Ages Assembly

An Assembly to wrap up our Global Citizenship Live Lesson. Let's see what we remember, and have a look at some of the work sent in throughout the week.

Dear World Leaders

Part of Global Citizenship is using our voice to create change.  During the Assembly, we encouraged pupils to send in a message they want the whole world to hear and revisited messages sent to politicians attending COP26 in November 2021 asking them to work together to solve the Climate Emergency.

We received hundreds of letters, drawings, and photographs from schools across Scotland, all with the same message of hope for the future. These messages were put together in this video and a book which was gifted to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 



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