Global Citizenship

The Global Citizenship topic is where you can include work on other initiatives like Fairtrade Schools, and Rights Respecting Schools in your Eco-Schools journey.  You might also like to tell us about any fundraising projects for charities like Mary's Meals, SolarAid or Unicef, your school's Shoebox Appeal, foodbank donations or charitable recycling like RagBag.  Lastly, individual awards like The John Muir Award, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award or The Prince William Award are also welcome in this topic.

Eco-Schools Curricular Map - Global Citizenship Topic

Our revised curricular maps showing Experiences and Outcomes related to the Global Citizenship Topic. 

Download the curricular map for Global Citizenship

Climate Ready Classrooms - Free Course for Secondary Schools

Navigating the science behind climate change and the actions which individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint can be daunting for young people and adults alike. Climate Ready Classrooms is a free accredited course on climate change and carbon literacy designed for young people aged 14–17 years.

Book a course for your school

Young Reporters Scotland

Young Reporters Scotland encourages 8-25 year olds to investigate and report on the environmental and sustainability issues through photos, articles, or films. Perfect complement to Eco-Schools for individual pupils or as a class.

Young Reporters Scotland

Make international connections through Eco-Schools

The international nature of the Eco-Schools programme makes it an ideal way to explore global issues and make links with schools in other countries. If you would like to be twinned with a school in another country please let us know and we will do our best.

Enquire about Twinning through Eco-Schools

Stride Global Citizenship Magazine for Schools

A brilliant magazine full of inspiring articles and useful resources. Stride aims to be a source of inspiration and support for teachers delivering education for Global Citizenship in Scotland. Part of the IDEAS network – a group of large and small NGOs working in international development, global poverty, sustainable development, social justice and citizenship.

Read the latest issue of Stride and download resources

Global Citizenship and Climate Change

Take Scotland's Climate Change Pledge

Community groups across the country are invited to sign up to Scotland’s Climate Change Pledge for Communities to express their support and commitment to taking local action on climate change.

Take the Climate Change Pledge

Education Scotland - Community Resilience and Curriculum for Excellence

Want to find out how to prepare for emergencies and keep yourself and others safe? Read on to find out more about community resilience as a context for learning within Curriculum for Excellence.

Download the Community Resilience leaflet

Education Scotland - Exploring Climate Change

A resource designed to help teachers improve their practice in learning and teaching relating to climate change.

Download Exploring Climate Change resource set

The Climate Coalition - Show the Love Schools Guide

This handy school guide with corresponding activities is a creative and crafty way to get pupils involved in learning about how climate change affects the everyday things they love.

Download the Show the Love Schools Guide and activities

IDEAS - Signposts for Global Citizenship

Signposts is a selection of the best resources on Global Citizenship and Learning for Sustainability put together by IDEAS. All resources on Signposts are available online or to borrow from your local Development Education Centre.

Browse Global Citizenship resources on Signposts

Adaptation Scotland - Climate Ready Places Lesson Plans

These lesson plans aim help young people play an active role in climate change adaption. They can be used to raise awareness about place-making and climate change adaptation, or to help young people express their views about changes in their environment, or to contribute to climate adaptation strategy. 

Download lesson plans

Royal Geographical Society - Climate 4 Classrooms

Curriculum linked teaching resources about climate change for pupils including:

  • Data sets showing climate predictions
  • Climate science brought to life by the experts
  • Case studies investigating impacts and solutions

Resources have been developed in collaboration with climate scientists and using data from the latest research, including the IPCC.

Visit Climate4Classrooms website

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network - Getting Climate Ready

Do you want to make your school more climate-friendly? If so, this guide is for you!  

Download Getting Climate Ready - A Guide for Schools on Climate Action

Global Citizenship and Equality

Royal Geographical Society - Gender Inequality and Women in Geography

This article and accompanying podcast reflects on the history of geography and women geographers who have campaigned for gender equality and introduces how gender impacts and shapes our experience of space and place.

Download lesson resources and listen to podcast

Fairtrade Foundation - Fairtrade Fortnight

Learning through Fairtrade opens up a fascinating world, revealing how we are all connected. Download curriculum resources to discover where your food comes from. Your school or nursery could become a Fairtrade School too.

Download classroom resources and learn about Fairtrade Schools

Stride Global Citizenship Magazine - Cotton Field to Jeans: Winners & Losers

Lots of different people are involved in making a pair of jeans.  But how much money do they all earn? Is it fair? This classroom activity asks pupils to reflect on inequality within the cotton industry.

Download the activity

Stride Global Citizenship Magazine - My Clothes and Me

Love fashion, hate school uniform? What do you know about the clothes you wear? This classroom activity explores different opinions towards fashion and consumption.

Download the activity


Gapminder makes global data easy to use and understand, and have developed tools to use in the classroom for engaging pupils with global issues. Gapminder develops data visualization tools to let people explore the vast treasure of global statistics using photos as data to give the numbers meaning. Fact based resources for exploring issues of world hunger, poverty, life expectancy and GDP with pupils.

Browse Gapminder videos, resources and classroom tools.

WE.org - WE Villages Opportunity Pillar Lesson Package

Explore the meaning of livelihood and the importance of gender equality.

Download the lesson package for Primary or Secondary

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