I've taken this from the most recent Think Global newsletter:
The Global Learning Programme, funded by DFID, has been awarded to The Development Education Consortium which comprises the following organisations: the Geographical Association, the Institute of Education, Oxfam, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), SSAT, Think Global, co-ordinated and managed by Pearson Education.
Quite a constellation. Think Global goes on ...
In response to DFID’s terms of reference, this five-year programme for schools in England focuses on learning about development at Key Stages 2 and 3. It will primarily focus on key subjects (English, Geography, History, Mathematics and Science – alongside Citizenship and Religious Education) and provide whole-school opportunities too. The programme aims to ensure that more school leavers have a thorough knowledge and understanding of developing countries, the basic elements of globalisation and different ways of reducing global poverty. The programme will also identify ways that learning about global and development themes can contribute to school improvement, and will provide accreditation opportunities for schools.
The programme will include the following elements:
- Provision of support for schools to have a lead practitioner in development education.
- Accredited programme of professional development.
- Subject specific support and whole school opportunities.
- A website including resources, guidance for schools and information on where and how teachers can get support.
The real purpose of all this, of course, is to buy public support for DfID's Overseas Aid spending, something I noted before. I do hope that the "different ways of reducing global poverty" include lowering barriers to trade, maintaining the rule of law and an indepedent judiciary, respecting property rights, bolstering a free press, and educating youngsters to think for themselves – especially about overseas aid.