Wales Alliance for Global Learning submitted a response to Qualifications Wales’ consultation about 29 new GCSEs to support the Curriculum for Wales. We focused on identifying areas where ESDGC was present in the GCSEs and where it could be improved.
Peace education supports young people’s education and development as local and global citizens in the context of the Curriculum for Wales. This paper explores:
- what peace education is
- the significance of peace education to the new curriculum, the current Programme of Government in Wales and the Well-being of Future Generations Act
- how peace education makes a difference to your pupils, schools and communities
- some good practice here in Wales
We are an alliance of organisations that cares passionately about our young people, now and for future generations. we want to see Wales’ children and young people thrive as
- ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the World
- capable and ambitious learners
- healthy and confident individuals
- enterprising and creative contributors
We’re a policy-focused network who have:
- Ensured that, across the Statements of What Matters, in all Areas of Learning and Experience, wider skills and cross-cutting themes ESDGC is embedded
- Given the evidence to support ESDGC at the External Affairs Committee
- Ensured global citizenship and climate, peace and nature emergency education are among the recommendations from the Future Generations Commissioner 2020 report on how to achieve a globally responsible Wales
- Developed and advocated for a global citizenship indicator to measure progress against the globally responsible Wales goal
- Consistently taken policy asks from the Alliance to ministers, civil servants and other policy-makers
- Showcased best practices in global learning and peace education to educationalists
Wiser Wales was a three-year project, building on the work that WCIA had been doing since 2004 to develop the Philosophy for Children (P4C) approach in classrooms across Wales.
P4C encourages children to think critically and creatively and also boosts their communication skills. It has been shown to have a profoundly positive impact on behaviour and self-esteem, as pupils are encouraged to air and explore their own views, as well as to listen to and respect those of their peers. In short, P4C helps children to become active, responsible, thinking citizens of the world as well as helping them to achieve their academic goals. The benefits are proven and potentially enormous. That’s why we chose to focus our work in this area!
Our Wiser Wales project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, aimed to raise teachers’ awareness of P4C and to enable them to use the method confidently with pupils of all ages and abilities. P4C can enhance the delivery of all subjects, so we worked with teachers across Wales to develop teaching resources for all Key Stages and various subject areas. By delivering training sessions and practical demonstrations in schools, we hoped to inspire teachers to begin using P4C regularly and effectively in their classrooms.
Global Education: inspiring the next generation of Wales-Africa Partnerships: