JUST ACTION – Teachers and students towards a sustainable transition
At Global Action Plan, we know (from our work and our own research) that teachers in Ireland see the value of global citizenship education.
Teachers feel their role includes helping students to develop into resilient, creative members of society, able and motivated to take action. And they know that students are interested in the links between their lives and lifestyles in Ireland on the one hand and global challenges such as climate change and poverty on the other.
At the same time, teachers feel under-supported, unsure of their ability to explain the many complex dimensions of those global linkages, and unsure of how best to approach “global citizenship education (GCE).
Our ‘Just Action’ programme aims to bridge this gap, by helping teachers develop their skills, and applying a design-thinking approach to teacher training and resource development..
‘Just Action’ aims to empower teachers in primary and secondary schools to engage their students in climate action through a Global Citizen Education (GCE) lens, while also supporting their students in taking meaningful action.
More specifically, Just Action wants to:
- Provide appropriate educational resources for primary and secondary teachers and their students
- Provide a training programme for teachers at both levels, supported by an online Resource and Learning Platform for teacher and student access
- Make learners feel empowered to participate as an active global citizen and take action on climate and sustainability issues and challenges that matter to them most
- Create greater opportunities for school to collaboration via eTwinning
- Grow, scale, and sustain the programme through the regional education systems in each country, thus increasing the access of the programme to schools, teachers and learners nationally and transnationally
- Build capacity of the programme partners to manage the design life cycle of educational programmes
In the course of our ‘Just Action’ programme, we will be developing materials to help teachers bring climate action and global citizenship education into their classrooms.
Between now and 2024, we’ll be developing resources for: