Who are we?
Global Thinking is a small consultancy of specialists who are passionate about development education and global learning.
We each have experience of working in different local, national and international contexts and can bring fresh insights and global perspectives to teaching and learning in the UK. We share with and learn from other educators around the world to explore common values in global learning whilst developing varied approaches and methods for differing contexts.
Expertise and methodologies
Our team includes trained facilitators in:
- Participatory approaches to learning (including Philosophy for Children and Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry)
- Enriching learning through school partnerships (both local and global)
- Enhancing Community Cohesion through global learning and local partnerships
- Active Global Citizenship through activities and resources
- Developing a global dimension to Social and Emotional Aspects to Learning (SEAL)
- Building independence, self-esteem and a positive attitude towards learning in children and young people through the Forest Schools programme
- We believe that learning should be fun, but challenging to hearts and minds.
- We appreciate the local and the global diversity of people, communities and places.
- We recognise our learning from the people whom we work with as they are learning from us.
- We promote cooperation towards equity and justice in personal, local and global relationships.
- We think that education can develop the capacity of any learners to change the world for the better.
What is Global Learning?
In a fast changing, globalised world, education needs to help people understand the wider world around them and make the global connections between issues such as poverty or climate change and their own lives. It should prepare them to live and work in a global society and economy and engage them to make the world a better place.
Think Global defines global learning as education that puts learning in a global context, fostering:
- critical and creative thinking;
- self-awareness and open-mindedness towards difference;
- understanding of global issues and power relationships; and
- optimism and action for a better world.
This is a broad concept, and Think Global encourages educators to think about the global learning needs of their students, which will be different in different contexts.
There are eight overlapping concepts that are at the heart of global learning:
- Global citizenship
- Social justice
- Conflict resolution
- Values and perceptions
- Human rights
- Sustainable development
Educators will bring these out in different ways depending upon the context.
Global Thinking and the Index for Inclusion
The Index encourages global thinking in education, through Indicators such as A1.8: 'The school encourages an understanding of the interconnections between people around the world', and through the global scope of its curriculum, which 'suggests learning activities linked to experience that promote an understanding of the interdependence of environments and peoples around the earth'.