We are all linked in some way to people in other parts of the world, through the products we buy, the food we eat, what we wear or watch on television, people we know or places we go on holiday. As Martin Luther King famously said, “By the time you’ve eaten breakfast you’ve depended on half the world.”

We often don’t even think about these links and the people who grow our tea or make the laces for our trainers, but increasingly the actions we take have an impact on people and the environment  in other parts of the world. We need pupils to  understand and consider the impact of their actions when making choices,  to show their commitment to the sustainability of the planet and to make ethically informed choices.

Although Global Citizenship is a stand alone topic, it runs through and is integral to all of the other eight Eco-Schools Wales topics. You will find a Global Perspective aspect in each topic area on the Environmental Review and encourage schools to link actions to a global perspective when possible. 

The Eco-School objectives in this topic area to:

  • To enable pupils to explore links between themselves and others around the world
  • To raise awareness of how our actions can have consequences for people living around the world
  • To enable pupils to understand and exercise their human and democratic responsibilities and rights
  • To ensure pupils are knowledgeable about their culture, community, society and the world, now and in the past
  • To ensure pupils respect the needs and rights of others, as a member of a diverse society