DiA News Update – Development Education

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Development in Action’s Research Officer Rachel Benson has put together the first of our blog postings on Development Education. On these news updates you can read about current news in the world of development education.

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Global Learning for the Workplace

An ICM business poll has found that three out of four business leaders fear that the UK will be left behind unless young people learn to think more globally in a multicultural economy. The Global Skills Gap research found that 93% of businesses think it is important for schools to help young people develop the ability to think globally.

Furthermore, when recruiting new employees, more employers said they considered global awareness to be important (79%) than those who said degree subject and classification (74%) or A-level results (68%).

In contrast to these findings, the Next Generation UK report commissioned by the British Council and Think Global shows that less than half of the students asked (48%) thought that an international outlook would benefit their career prospects.

However, the research also indicates that students are not always able to experience global leaning and spent time abroad. While 90% of students asked believed that working, studying or volunteering abroad were great opportunities, only 18% said they had done or planned to do one of these things.

Surprisingly, only one in three science, technology and engineering students felt that having an global outlook was important for their subject.

More information about the report’s findings can be found here: http://www.think-global.org.uk/news/item/?n=14183

  • Do you think a more global outlook and experience of international volunteering has improved your work prospects?
  • How do you think global learning and international study/volunteering could be made more accessible?
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Global Learning – Let’s Talk About It

A new paper on Development Education is now available to read and download online. Written by Scott Sinclair, programme manager of the ESDGC (Education, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship) Schools Network in Wales, Global Learning – Let’s Talk About It asks what is next for global learning in light of changes in government and the financial crisis. The paper looks at how global learning is taught as well as the challenges faced by ESDGC practitioners. Check out the cartoons on the final page of the paper which reveal some of the different approaches to global learning in schools.

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New Resources

Global Dimension has compiled a list of development education resources with an Olympic / Paralympic theme. The resources, produced by a variety of charities and development education organisations, explore topics including equality, social justice, trade, diversity and inclusion. Most of the resources can be downloaded for free online. The full list of resources can be found here: http://www.globaldimension.org.uk/resources/search/?picks=1

Oxfam have launched Food for Thought, a new global citizenship project for schools. Food for Thought encourages students to consider where their food comes from and how climate change and population growth affects the global food system. From April 2012, students will also have the change to connect with other young people across the globe and help to build a future where everyone has enough to eat at Class for Change.

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Have you come across any global learning resources or activities you’d recommend to others? Contact our Development Education Officer Frankie at frankie@developmentinaction.org.

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