World view

11th March 2005 at 00:00
Geographers and citizenship co-ordinators should head for the bright yellow panels of stand PV7 at this year's Education S how. There they'll find the Global stand, providing access to 10 major exhibitors eager to encourage and support the global dimension of the curriculum. As well as charities and the Department for International Development, the stand's co-ordinator is the Development Education Association (DEA) acting as a hub for its 230 nation-wide members.

"The global dimension is not a subject. It should permeate everything," explains the DEA's Chris Williams. "It is about linking local and international issues, giving young people an opportunity to locate their values in a broader context, better equipping them to resist prejudice."

Although it is already up and running, the official launch of the new Global Dimension website (www.globaldimension.org.uk) will be on the Friday of the show. "It has been revamped, becoming more easily 'searchable' - a one-stop shop for teachers seeking resources for single lessons or longer units of work with a development or global perspective," says DEA director Douglas Bourn.

Also scheduled is the publication of the overarching strategy document governing the Global Dimension philosophy. In addition, the Development Education Association will be highlighting many of its smaller partners'

initiatives and resources.

"We are a hub for all the excellent practice that is going on locally, but which often has far broader application," says Chris Williams. Several of the larger associations will have their own presence too.

"A key resource we will be exhibiting is The Survival Pack for Future Citizens. The key stage 2 version looks at needs and wants, while the KS3 materials bring in key environmental debates, including the impact of dams on communities faced with inundation."

Also on the Global stand, Voluntary Services Overseas will be highlighting a shift in its needs away from providing classroom teachers to meeting the call in developing countries for education managers and systems specialists.

Save the Children will be displaying its "priced" teaching packs focused on the children it works with across the globe. "We will also have our materials for making citizenship real in schools - our primary and secondary School Council Guides," explains Rob Gayton. "There will be members of our education team on hand to give people information about our speaker service."

Christian Aid will have much on show, including simulation games and teaching materials enabling students to interrogate the inequalities in world trade and access to basic resources - see the Paper Bag game and the Water pack. The Centre for Sustainable Development will be promoting its green audit consultancy service to schools and the Energy Lab CD-Rom - interactive data collection software helping to link maths and citizenship.

Oxfam's secondary English resource, Making Sense of World Conflicts, has just been published and is due to be on show, and copies of the Resources for Global Education catalogue will be on sale, together with a set of nine "Make Poverty History" posters.

Global Stand PV7 Jerome Monahan

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