Today, more than ever before, we are living a in a world that seems to be getting smaller. Crops of green beans coming from Kenya and a with a need to get a greater understanding of different cultures entering into the UK, young people need to learn how to work alongside changes, as well as the implications for everyone involved now and in the future.
Create a mission statement
Discuss in class or with the eco-committee what does global citizen mean in your school, then right a mission statement that reflects this. Ensure the mission statement is part of the development plan so it is regularly reviewed and make sure it is visible on a notice board for all to see.
Buy and learn about fair trade
There are lots of Fairtrade products like fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, cereal bars, honey, teas, sugar, coffee, rice and herbs are available for purchase as well as environmental friendly cleaning products e.g. washing up liquid and hand soap. Pupils can learn about where fair trade products are from and how they help improve working conditions, fair pricing structures and local community investments.
Pictures and photos play an important part in formulating our opinions on how we see other people and their cultures. They can be used to build understanding, combat stereotypes. Images from developing countries can be used to learn about how they live and what impacts climate change has on their local community. Peter Menzel’s book “Hungry Planet” has pictures of families from around the world and the food they eat. To see some of the pictures go to; http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html
Host a global citizenship event
Pupils can display work (posters/poems/postcards) and perform drama presentations, role play, songs or dances. Invite parents and members of the community along.
Other activities and case studies from Eco-Schools can be found on both the Eco-Schools website and the Pod website. Don’t forget you can contact your local Green Flag Ambassador school for advice too.
For a range of lessons to help combine litter topic with the curriculum visit the Eco-Schools website
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