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10 January, 2011

Global citizenship education programme to host talk on migration at the Royal Commonwealth Society

Act Global, in conjunction with the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), is holding its first in a series of talks. Exploring the question ‘What if…there were no borders?’ the event on Tuesday 25 January 2011 will be held at the RCS, London from 6 to 8.30pm. The event is aimed at teachers and staff from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), offering the opportunity to hear from experts on current global issues.

Act Global is a project from education and participation charity the Citizenship Foundation and Relief International. This event aims to encourage a balanced debate around migration as well as helping teachers to enhance their teaching on global citizenship. Act Global will also launch a new set of resources for teachers at the event.

Globalisation has led to increasing freedoms and benefits for many young people, from technological developments to increased opportunities to travel. But with immigration dominating the election debates and the coalition government announcing plans to impose a cap on migrants from outside the EU, how can teachers help young people to understand the limits of globalisation?

Act Global talks will debate the arguments for freedom of movement, offering opportunities to hear about practical tools and resources to engage young people with this topical issue. Speakers at the event include Dr Danny Sriskandarajah, Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society; James Hampshire, Lecturer in Politics at Sussex Centre for Migration Research; and Nathalie Rothschild, commissioning editor of online magazine Spiked. The talks will be filmed and available after the event on the Teach Act Global network, along with a series of five lessons, which will examine the causes and effects of migration alongside critical connection and solutions.

Act Global connects teachers and students from around the world in taking action on global poverty-related issues. The project is run jointly by the Citizenship Foundation and Relief International UK.

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