Global Citizenship

The Global Citizenship topic is an opportunity to think about what it means to be a citizen of not just your own city, town or country but of our planet as a whole, and how our consumer choices can have far reaching social, economic and environmental consequences. 

You might remember our Global Citizenship topic previously being called Sustaining Our World.

Here are some resources to get you started on Global Citizenship:

Connect with 67 Countries 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. Have a look at the Eco-Schools international website to see which other countries are participating.

Explore the Eco-Schools international website

Year of Young People 2018

Scotland will host its first ever Year of Young People in 2018. It’s an exciting opportunity to celebrate young people’s achievements and contributions to society.

See what Keep Scotland Beautiful is doing to celebrate the Year of Young People

Low Carbon Skills Films and Resources

Resources that will expose your pupils to the world of sustainable business, made by pupils in schools across Scotland.  These films will encourage your pupils to make better consumer and lifestyle choices. At the moment we have films on Textiles and Food & Energy.  

Watch these Low Carbon Skills films with your class and use the accompanying resources to provide lines of enquiry.

Young Reporters Scotland

Young Reporters Scotland encourages 11-21 year olds to investigate and report on the environmental and sustainability issues which matter to them, empowering them to make their voices heard. Send in photos, articles, or videos to share for a chance to win some great prizes. Perfect for the Year of Young People 2018.

Add your voice to Young Reporters Scotland.

Keep Scotland Beautiful and SolairAid - Sunny Schools Teaching Resources

A variety of teaching resources developed during the Scotland Lights Up Malawi programme full of easy to use, exciting and informative classroom activities on climate change, climate justice, energy and solar lighting. Includes teaching cards, case studies, activity sheets, quizzes, science activities and more.

Download Sunny Schools teaching resources.

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.

Keep Scotland Beautiful - A Guide to Climate Change

What is climate change, how will it affect you and what can you do to help?  

Download our print-ready Guide to Climate change which covers causes and impacts of climate change, plus ways to tackle it.

BBC Terrific Scientific - Time Investigation

As part of the BBC science campaign Terrific Scientific, this investigation will help your pupils to think and work like a scientist, investigating time and whether the clock change has an effect on our alertness and reactions.

Take part in the BBC Terrific Scientific Time Investigation.

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.

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.

Adaptation Scotland - Climate Ready Places Lesson Plans

With materials available for both primary and secondary school children, these lesson plans aim to increase the capacity of young people to play an active role in climate change adaption. They can be used for general education purposes to raise awareness about place-making and climate change adaptation, or more specifically to help young people express their views about changes in their environment, or to contribute effectively to any climate adaptation strategy, plan or action process. The activities in the lesson plans could be run individually over the course of several weeks, or run consecutively as a one-off lesson.  

Download Climate Ready lesson plans.

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network - Global Citizens for Sustainable Development 

The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defences of peace in the minds of children and young people. This guide provides an introduction to Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and provides educators with ideas and activities to help students become global citizens and sustainable development actors. 

Download Global Citizens for Sustainable Development: A Guide for Teachers

Download Global Citizens for Sustainable Development: A Guide for Students

UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network - Getting Climate Ready

Do you want to help create a healthier, fairer, more environmentally sustainable society? Do you want to empower children and young people to do the same? Do you want to make your school more climate-friendly? If so, this guide is for you!  More and more schools around the world are adopting whole-school approaches to climate action. In a whole- school approach, students’ classroom learning about climate change is reinforced by the formal and informal messages promoted by the school’s values and actions. 

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

Young People's Trust for the Environment - Climate Change Factsheet

The Young People's Trust for the Environment is a charity set up to encourage young people's understanding of the environment.  They have produced some brilliant resources including this factsheet which discusses the effects of climate change on wildlife, farming and our health.

Download climate change factsheet


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

This resource has been designed to help teachers improve their practice in learning and teaching relating to climate change. It is vital that our young people are equipped with the skills to think critically and question how the media reports climate change. As global citizens, they need to be able to evaluate environmental, scientific and technological information in order to develop informed opinions about this issue.

Download Exploring Climate Change resource set

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.

A Guide to Climate Change Video

If we all work together to reduce our carbon footprints we can help to tackle climate change. This short film produced as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful's climate change engagement explains more.  

About Global Citizenship

Eco-Schools is an international initiative and provides an opportunity for Scottish pupils to become part of an international network to discuss and debate global the environmental issues which will affect their lives. Participating in Eco-Schools can help young people assess the evidence and make up their own minds on environmental and social justice issues.

Across Keep Scotland Beautiful, we aim to establish a relationship between local environmental quality issues such as litter and global environmental quality issues such as climate change. 

Through our membership of the Foundation for Environmental Education, we are proud to support the United Nations' Global Action Programme for Education for Sustainable Development (GAP for ESD), which aims to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development and to strengthen education and learning in all agendas programmes and activities that promote sustainable development. 

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.

It is also an opportunity to examine how environmental issues affect people around the world, from flooding resilience projects in Bangladesh, to solar light programmes in Malawi the health of our environment connects us all. 

Have a look at efforts to support your chosen Sustainable Development Goal in another country, or connect with one of the 67 countries participating in Eco-Schools around the world through our Eco-Schools Twinning Project.

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