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10 December, 2004

Global Citizenship: Out There, or Right Here?

The focus of this month’s First Friday seminar, held in partnership with Oxfam Education and the Royal Geographical Society, was the relevance of education for Global Citizenship to the National Curriculum and to the wider purposes of education.

The seminar was held at the RGS on Friday 3 December, with a range of teachers, NGOs and media in attendance.

The day gave participants the opportunity to comment on the DfES International Strategy with its vision of a confident outward looking society and a leading edge economy playing its part. The DfES encouraged discussion about its goals and suggestions as to what should be addressed immediately to get things moving.

Nigel Dower, senior lecturer in Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, led the first session entitled 'Why Global Citizenship?' In a wide-ranging and inspiring talk he explored a range of issues: multiculturalism, globalization and identity.

Richard Baker and Moira Faul from Oxfam Education led an active session based on classroom teaching, exploring the relevance of Global Citizenship to the National Curriculum. The session linked local daily activities such as the school run and how it impacts on what happens on a global scale. According to Oxfam, a global citizen is someone who ‘is outraged by social injustice’. Baker, curriculum adviser, closed the day encouraging support in moving forward.

The next First Friday seminar, Law Related Education and the Citizenship Curriculum, will be held on 4 February, 2005.

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