The Global Learning Project was a three-year project running from 2013 – 2016 co-funded by the European Commission. The goal was to promote understanding of global interdependence and of the causes of poverty and international inequality. The aim was to develop, through exchange between partner NGOs and local education authorities in 6 European countries, teaching materials relevant to the citizenship education, history, geography and/or economics curriculum. The 6 European countries involved in the project were Italy (lead country), Ireland Austria, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. In Ireland, the project has produced three teaching and learning units (TLUs):
- Working for a better life: A unit to support junior cycle Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE), exploring human rights and responsibilities and development. This unit engages students with the UDHR and its’ application in the lives of Housemaids in Ethiopia, a core group of focus for the work of APA in advocating for the rights of young women and girls in Ethiopia.
- The Outsiders: Children living in direct provision in Ireland. A unit to support junior cycle English and Civic, Social and Political Education, using ‘The Outsiders: Our teenage life behind barriers,’ a radio documentary produced by Carl O’Brien and Ciaran Cassidy. This unit examines the experiences of young people living in the direct provision system in Ireland (bringing the voices of these teenagers into the classroom using clips from a radio documentary), and encourages students to see direct provision as part of the larger global challenge of displaced populations.
- Learning to Look: Visual literacy in our interdependent world. A unit to support junior cycle Art, Craft and Design and Civic, Social and Political Education. This unit encourages students to think about local-global connections and their role in our interdependent world, including their role as consumers and the impact of this in terms of sustainability.
A fourth teaching and learning unit entitled 1916: A global perspective will shortly be made available for the 2016 – 2017 school year. This unit supports junior cycle History and facilitates students to compare and contrast issues such as gender equality in 1916 and 2016.