We offer workshops to schools on a range of global development issues. For a recent example of one of our Global Citizenship Workshops, please see below:
Gender Equality Workshop – The Wirral – January 2017
In January 2017, Youth Workshop Leader Josh Bullen delivered our first Global Citizenship Workshop of the year on the subject of gender equality.
Josh delivered four 50-minute workshops at Calday Grammar School in the Wirral, Liverpool. He had this to say about his experience:
My experience of delivering the workshops made me feel very positive. I felt that I used my spare time well creating a project that I was enthusiastic about, and which positively impacted the students as well as having the chance to learn and develop personally and professionally.
The teachers were happy and surprised in some cases to see just how maturely some of their students engaged with a workshop on gender, particularly in an all boys’ school. The students themselves – especially the younger students – found it exciting and enjoyable to have their opinions heard and be taken seriously by their fellow students and an external workshop leader. Hopefully I am creating an encouraging example for these students by taking this kind of social action.
I wanted to deliver workshops for Development in Action because of their ethos of engaging young people in development issues and promoting global citizenship, both of which I agree as being fundamental to change. Young people must be engaged with global issues, both in a learning environment and later, by taking social action for the future.
School itself should be a forum for open discussion, opinions should be respected and the classroom should be a place where students feel confident and comfortable to voice them. When students are informed through facts and allowed to form their own opinions, their confidence increases and so will the level of future discussion.
Social Movements – Cambridge – July 2017
Pauline Niesseron has been a workshop leader with Development in Action since 2017. In July, she gave her first workshop at Hillsfest, an annual event organised by Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.
Given this year’s theme, Bringing People Together, I decided to prepare a workshop on Social Movements. For a very long time and around the world, citizens have occupied squares together to protest against oppressing governments or promote open and just societies. As an urban planner, I have a natural interest in how social movements form and contribute to shaping neighbourhoods, cities and the world we live in. In fact, it was in urban areas that social movements first appeared as industrialisation and urbanisation led to larger settlements, where social interaction between scores of people was facilitated and where people with similar goals and ideas could find each other.
Being my first workshop, I followed eagerly DiA’s methodology to prepare the lesson plan. The methodology is structured around four ideas: connect – demonstrate – activate -consolidate. This helped me built a coherent and interactive session. For me, one of main challenge of the workshop was to estimate its length as this depends mostly on the class interaction.
The workshop’s objective was to introduce social movements (what they are, why do they exist, how can they change the world) but also to raise awareness on the risks, difficulties and limitations they face. I started by showing a couple of pictures of famous social movement and asked students to reflect about the context in which they were formed. Next, students came up with a short definition of social movements. Indeed the multiplicity of social movements make them somehow difficult to define. Yet, students came up with great definitions which included key concepts necessary to understand social movements: loosely organised group that acts collectively, and shares a common outlook of society, to support social goals.
In the Activate part of the lesson plan, students were asked to create their social movement, meaning agreeing on a cause to defend, in groups of four. They had to prepare a three-minute presentation explaining the cause they are defending and what actions they would take to create awareness about it. While a bit of an artificial exercise, it highlighted some of the issues that social movements can face such as agreeing on actions. Two groups decided to tackle islamophobia, one group campaigned for free access to university and one for inexpensive healthy food. The groups all mentioned social media as their main campaign tool.
I greatly appreciated giving the workshop: it was enjoyable to get insights on what young people think about social movements and what causes they deem important to defend today. It was also a valuable experience for me on how to engage young people, make a workshop interactive, find a balance between providing content and encourage independent thinking!
As we continue to promote and recruit workshops for our global citizenships workshops programme, we’re always keen to work with not just schools, but wider youth groups and organisations too.
If your school/college or other youth organisation would like Development in Action to deliver a workshop on any topic around global citizenship then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to sign up.
If you are interested in volunteering to lead Global Citizenship Workshops, please click here for further information and how to apply.