The Global Dimension and Social Justice Rohini Corfield East Midlands Network for Global Perspectives in Schools Session Format Rohini Corfield – Global Dimension and Social Justice (15 minutes) Max Hogg – 1.4 Billion Reasons( 30 minutes) Discussion Time ( 30 minutes) Information Stand Overview What is the Global Dimension? How does it relate to Social Justice? What is the purpose of the Global Dimension? Why is the GD high on the political agenda? How can schools incorporate the GD? Signposting Resources The Global Dimension 8 key concepts – inter related 1. Values and perceptions 2. Social Justice 3. Conflict Resolution 4. Global Citizenship 5. Diversity 6. Human Rights 7. Interdependence 8. Sustainable Development Social Justice Valuing social justice, equality & fairness for all Recognising the impact of unequal power & access to resources Actions have un /intended outcomes; making positive choices Taking action to challenge all forms of discrimination, inequality & injustice to build a more just world Understanding the historical context of local and global politics Values & Perceptions Understanding that people have different values, attitudes & perceptions Valuing human rights Developing multiple perspectives & new ways of seeing events Questioning & challenging assumptions & perceptions Understanding the role of the media Values shape actions Conflict Resolution Knowing about different types of conflict locally, nationally & internationally their impacts on people & environments how to resolve them appreciating that all conflicts involve choices & consequences developing peace making skills eg, communication, negotiation, compromise & collaboration Global Citizenship Developing the knowledge , understanding & skills to be active citizens Thinking about global issues critically & from multiple perspectives Thinking about the role of institutions in society & about how power can be shared Appreciating the connections between the local & global Diversity Appreciating both the common humanity of people & their diversity in terms of cultures, religions & customs Valuing biodiversity Learning about multiple identities & diverse perspectives on global issues Understanding how prejudice and bias can be tackled Human Rights Knowing about the UN Conventions on Human Rights & the Rights of the Child Understanding these rights & responsibilities in a global context Being aware of the abuse of human rights & how this can be legally challenged Interdependence Understanding how people, places, economies & environments are all interrelated Appreciating that choices have repercussions from the local to the global level Acknowledging the complexity of interdependence Sustainable Development Living responsibly to protect the planet for future generations Understanding the connections between the social, economic and environmental spheres - “Living now with tomorrow in mind” Considering probable and preferable futures & working for the latter Purpose of the Global Dimension Enables learners to:- Explore and make sense of the big issues in the world Think critically and creatively about topical issues from a range of perspectives Develop self-awareness and a positive attitude to difference Link learning to take responsible action – to be active global citizens working for a more just world Oxfam – Global Citizen Is aware of the wider world & their role as a world citizen Respects and values diversity Has an understanding of how the world works Is outraged by social justice Participates in the community , from local to global levels Is willing to act to make the world a more equitable & sustainable place Takes responsibility for their actions Relationship between GD and SJ Social Justice underpins Global Dimension SJ , with its focus on equality relates to the idea of common humanity ( Ubuntu) and people being of equal worth. SJ is about fairness in access to life opportunities Inequality exists in all communities (local-global) – an active global citizen will take action, with others , in solidarity, for a more just world 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation will give context of global poverty and suggest individual actions Ubuntu – Desmond Tutu A person is a person through other people – “caught up in a bundle of life” – entwined humanity. Compassion.Basis of Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality” Why is the GD high on the political agenda? Topical - Globalisation - Global Village Economically - Financial crisis Environmentally - Climate Change Socially - Migration Politically- Human Rights, 1.4 Billion in poverty “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not for everyone’s greed” “ Be the change you want to see in the world” Gandhi Educationally – working for a more just society How can schools incorporate the GD? Curriculum – QCDA, Oxfam, GD website Ethos – Unicef Rights Respecting Award, Fairtrade Schools Accreditation Scheme, Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry (OSDE) Whole School- School links local and international Statutory duties and priority agendas– Every Child Matters, Community Cohesion, PSHE, SEAL GD Resources for schools www.globaldimension.org.uk www.globalgateway.org.uk www.EastMidlandsSustainableSchools. org.uk www.osdemethodology.org.uk www.tidegloballearning.net www.oxfam.org.uk/education Discussion Questions 1. What are your individual reactions to the 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation? 2. How can use the information from today’s seminar in your role as an educator? 3. What further support may you need to develop your understanding of the Global Dimension and Social Justice?