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£300k for global citizenship

Published: 23 Mar 2016 10:00

Funding to help teacher training.

Scotland's Development Education Centres (DECs) are to be awarded £300,000 to help young people learn about global citizenship.

The funding for 2016-17 will support teacher training through the DECs, focussing on global citizenship including human rights, sustainable development, debt, water and food.

It will allow them to provide training workshops for teachers, as well as providing resources to schools across Scotland.

On announcing the fund, Dr Allan said:

"Scotland has a strong track record of global citizenship education, embedded in and at the heart of our approach to teaching and learning in Scotland – through Curriculum for Excellence. This funding ensures teachers are best equipped to bring issues around global citizenship into the classroom.

"Thanks to technology, our young people are engaging with the world far beyond these islands, giving them a global perspective on issues, watching international events on television or through their mobile phones. This fund demonstrates our commitment to helping them see the impact of these events on a local, national and international level, and to gain the skills they need in order to evaluate and make sense of a complex and ever-changing world."

Minister for International Development, Humza Yousaf, added:

"This Government is working hard to ensure our future generations build on Scotland's existing reputation on global citizenship, and I am delighted we are continuing to support the excellent work of our Development Education Centres.

"We are supporting global learning for Scottish pupils as well as supporting access to education for some of the world's poorest children. For example, since 2005, we've helped to keep more than 73,000 Malawian children in school by supporting a feeding programme.

"In addition, the Pakistan Scholarship Scheme has also helped to support more than 400 women and more than 1,400 schoolchildren to continue their education. I'm confident pupils in Scottish schools will embrace the opportunity to learn more about our international responsibilities."

Notes to editors

Today's new funding announcement builds upon previous awards totalling £600,000 between 2014-16.

A public consultation to help shape Scotland's International Development Fund in the future is currently underway and will run until 20th May 2016. More details can be found http://www.gov.scot/Topics/International/int-dev/IDconsultation and the consultation accessed here:

https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/international-development-team/meeting-global-challenges/