What is the Global Dimension?

This website aims to support school teachers in bringing a global dimension to their teaching by providing access to teaching resources, case studies and background information.

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By ‘global dimension’, we mean (very broadly) ‘exploring the world’s interconnections’.

With a global dimension to their education, learners have a chance to engage with complex global issues and explore the links between their own lives and people, places and issues throughout the world.

Education plays a vital role in helping children and young people recognise their responsibilities as citizens of the global community. It equips them with the skills required to make informed decisions and take responsible actions.

By including the global dimension in teaching, links can easily be made between local and global issues, and young people are given the opportunity to:

  • critically examine their own values and attitudes
  • appreciate the similarities between people everywhere, and learn to value diversity
  • understand the global context of their local lives
  • develop skills that will enable them to combat injustice, prejudice and discrimination.

Such knowledge, skills and understanding enable young people to make informed decisions about how they can play an active role in their local and global community.