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A world of responsibility

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: the Handbook for Primary Teaching. By Mary Young with Eilish Commins. Chris Kingston Publishing for OXFAM. Tel. 01202 712933 pound;25

If anyone is in any doubt about what global citizenship means and its relevance to the primary curriculum, this handbook is for them. The first chapter defines global citizenship as involving a good deal more than a belief in internationalism. It requires a clear understanding of the need to tackle injustice and inequality, and the will and confidence to do so. One hopes that there is nothing contentious here, and that the issue for schools is to develop and nurture the desire and ability in pupils to respond to this challenge.

Suggestions for training activities assume that global citizenship is not an extra, but should infuse all aspects of school life; it needs the commitment and understanding of the whole school community. Other chapters show how key elements of global citizenship can be incorporated into the curriculum and assemblies as well as cross-curricular themes and the teaching of literacy and geography. This is well laid out, clearly indicating learning intentions and the activities for their delivery. There are useful lists of resources and further reading and contacts.

This handbook not only defines and makes the case for global citizenship clearly and convincingly but provides the means for schools to engage actively with the issues involved.

Angela Piddock is head of Wilberforce primary school, Westminster

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