Global fellowships make for a small world

11th January 2008 at 00:00
Last week Gordon Brown announced a Global Fellowship scheme enabling 100 young people to go on a six-week visit to China, India or Brazil ("Fund for foreign study", TES, January 4). The scheme will cost the Government pound;1.4 million a year - pound;14,000 for each person sent abroad.

This seems more like a January gimmick from the Prime Minister rather than a serious attempt to equip young people with a more global perspective. This is a shame from a government that has embedded a global dimension in the new secondary curriculum and funded some excellent global citizenship projects across the regions through its Development Awareness Fund.

The pound;1.4m could have been used to fund the ongoing work of subject associations and local non-governmental organisations in this area.

Building on existing local networks and good practice would be a better way to embed a global perspective in the education of young people, and this approach would touch many thousands rather than just the lucky 100.

Hetan Shah, Director, Development Education Association, London SE1.

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