Global Citizens 2013-2014

The Global Citizens programme shall be structured into two main stages:

The Research Stage, during which each school group shall research, reflect and debate key local-global themes.

The Campaign Stage, during which each school group shall plan and implement their own “mini-NGO”:

an NGO-type campaign run as a whole school activity that will integrate website-based information and actions.

The Research Stage (October- November 2013)

This is the first stage of the Global Citizens Network programme. Each school group will work on researching different key themes.


Baseline research on Key Issues:  Globalisation  –  Development  – Inequality  –  Injustice  –  Power  –  Conflict

Outcomes  Students to be able to:

– define key terms

– identify how they are reflected in local and global issues

– carry out further research

– collate main facts and compare and contrast different sources of information.

Outputs  Progress Report



Baseline research on Key Themes:  Global Citizenship Education  –  Development Education –  Social Justice Education

Outcomes  Students to be able to:

– define citizenship and global citizenship, how citizenship is taught in school

– identify what has been learned about it already in school, how the RE course book defines it

– carry out further research on approaches of Global Citizenship Education, DE and Social Justice

– collate main facts and compare and contrast different sources of information.

Outputs  Progress Report



Each group explores:

i) other Key Local-Global Issues: Poverty – Child Labour – Hunger – Environment – Gender – Education – Violence against Children and Women – Child Soldiers – Refugees

ii) other Key Local-Global Actions: NGOs – Human Rights – MDGs – Conflict Transformation, – Non-Violence

iii) the profile pages of our Partners:  live groups of young people who have facts, opinions and ideas to share!

iv) the websites of NGOs which deal with that key issue to compare how they present it; NGOs which are acting locally, globally or both on that key issue; the actions they promote for young people to get involved.

Each group decides on which KEY ISSUE  it would like to focus its research on with a view to developing a mini-NGO type campaign.

Each school group starts research and shall be encouraged to share learned facts, opinions and reflections – through continued Progress Reports whose contents.

Each group will have to present to the other groups on the Workshop Day on November 21 on what they have learned and main reflections on their chosen Key Issue.

Outcomes  Students to be able to:

– research information;

– critically reflect on: presentation and content of sources; local-global dimensions of key themes;

– identify and discuss baseline knowledge of and attitudes in relation to countries and peoples represented by external partner NGOs and schools;

– develop intercultural awareness with one or two of these groups.

Suggested Outputs

  • information posters or Powerpoint presentation with diagrams, facts, figures, reflections with images /photos to illustrate.
  • a sketch to act out the basic facts and reflections
  • a multiple answer questionnaire on the information
  • a survey with other students in the school to find out how they define the key issue, what they know about it, if they think it’s important…
  • a survey with their parents to find out the same…
  • Progress Report


WITH NGO YOUTH PARTICIPANTS (Rohingya community in Ireland, Balkan countries, Palestine) OR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS (France, Romania)

Having studied Profile pages and gained basic information on the geographic locations and websites of the partner groups, each school group  shall compose an initial survey of 20 questions which can be emailed via SAB to a corresponding teacher or project coordinator in the chosen country.

The surveys should be structured into two parts:

i) questions to get to know about what school life is like, the personal interests, what basic facts the students/youth can tell us about their country and home town, what are the good things about life in their country

ii)  for students/youth attached to an NGO, what sort of programmes or activities they are doing in that NGO, why they are doing these activities and what benefits they get from them; what it means to be a global citizen, how this is taught at school, what key issues they think are important for them to write about and a final question: What questions would they like to ask in return?

Each school group to reply to return questionnaire.

Data to be collated into Progress Report.

Follow-up Skype sessions may also be planned with certain partner NGOs or schools.

We would like to plan this so that each group has at least one chance to skype with a youth or school group (from Bosnia, Romania, Palestine, France).

We will also try and plan these for the Workshop Day on 21 November 2013.

Outcomes  Students to be able to:

– find information about peers in another country;

– develop inter-cultural awareness and initiate dialogue on local-global issues

Outputs  Progress Report


Workshop Day, 21 November 2013 (Ireland) (10am – 3.30 pm)

The objectives for this one-day event are to:

– share learning on KEY ISSUE researched by each group, by means of presentations (See Step 3 above: suggested outputs)

– share principles and practices of Dev Ed (SAB Director and invited speakers or facilitators from NGOs)

– stage a 30-minute play that promotes the idea of youth engaging in active global citizenship, acted by a theatre group provided by BAI

– hold a follow-up discussion with youth from the Rohingya community in Ireland and Palestinian community in Ireland

– (to be confirmed) to hold a similar discussion on global citizenship with other external partner youth (in Bosnia, in Palestine) or student groups (in Romania, in France) by skype

– present a toolkit on creating a mini NGO (SAB Director), including ICT skills and plans for NGO type campaign actions.


Students to be able to:

– make presentations on research done to date and to explain local-global rationale for their chosen KEY ISSUE;

– develop greater awareness and understanding of principles and practices of DE, of NGOs, of global citizenship;

– discuss relevance and inter-connectedness of local-global issues with youth from Rohingya community and possibly other external partner youth or student groups by skype;

– identify key actions and possible campaigning actions based on the mini-NGO toolkit to be presented

Outputs  Best Ideas cards, comments on graffiti wall and video  +  Progress Report

The Campaign Stage (December 2013 – April 2014)


Each school group shall maintain a blog as a means of developing their mini-NGO “website” , including following components: title, logo, Vision, Mission, Main Aim; roles, research, campaign actions and which shall serve:

a) to focus on advancing research on their KEY ISSUE

b) a tool to plan a KEY ACTION through campaign activities: awareness day activities and to include other NGO-type campaign actions such as letters to local TD, petitions, inviting speakers.

The campaign may involve further administered email exchanges between students and partner youth members/students for school awareness days, with options to share ideas, information and activities, such as:

online petitions, exchange of posters, video sketch, case study, photo essay, problem trees, debates.


Outcomes  Students to be able to: further research and reflect on a key local-global issue and how to promote collective awareness-raising actions that reflect DE good practices, in particular demonstrating: i) the global relevance of the subject and its potential role in securing change in the world ii) linkage of the local-global dimensions of the issue iii) multiple perspectives, preferably with representation of voices of youth from the Global South

Outputs  Each school group will have a blog integrated ion its profile page on the SAB website, featuring:

– their mini-NGO, including research and campaign actions

(- which may involve exchanges of project material with external partner youth or school groups)

– the main campaign actions carried out on their whole school awareness day.


Students to prepare for final one-day event when all school groups can present their “mini-NGO” to each other, school principals, parents and other invited guests; awards for most informative, interactive, creative campaigns. A graffiti wall shall provide opportunities for students to state learning outcomes in terms of knowledge and understanding; values and attitudes; dispositions.

Outcomes  Students to be able to:

present their mini-NGO and the campaign they have delivered

Outputs presentations, website blog (mini-NGO campaign); outcomes statements on graffiti wall.


Final Evaluations to be carried out and data collated in May-June 2014