There are many definitions of global education, and the definitions themselves are a source of rich discussion and debate. This definition was written by the World Studies Trust at the beginning of the Global Teacher Project.
Global Education is not a subject, but a dimension that runs through the curriculum, an extra filter to help children make sense of all the information and opinion the world is throwing at them. It combines methodology - active and experiential discussion based activities, a caring, co-operative and open outlook on the classroom experience, and core concerns- finding out about all the cultures of the UK and of other countries and groups, about the causes of poverty and inequality (here as well as in other countries) and about the environment.
Global Education is a way of approaching everything we teach and how we teach it. It broadens horizons and encourages exploration of all subjects from a global perspective. It contributes to the whole curriculum and enhances our understanding of the world.
Global Education stimulates curiosity, motivates learning, and thus contributes to the raising of standards
Global Education studies different cultures and countries and the issues that face them, and develops an understanding of the impact our actions have on them
Global Education reflects the global nature of our society and responds to the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the children in the classroom. It recognises the entitlement of those children to receive an education which reflects this diversity
Global Education recognises the importance of expanding the horizons of children who live in less diverse communities
Global Education develops skills and attitudes which enable people to take responsibility for their own lives and the world we live in and become active global citizens
Global Education looks at the ways in which every-day life and experience affect and are affected by the wider world
Global education is as much about the relationships within a classroom as it is about relationships between countries.