Global Citizenship & Botoxed Handbags

I’ve been working with RISC for a few months now. I’m writing some educational resources that will go on their resource bank which is free for teachers to use once they’ve signed up.

Yesterday saw the release of their 3-year long report: ‘Global Citizenship: From the Margins to the Mainstream.’ The aim of teaching Global Citizenship in schools is to help students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that helps them to respect and understand the social justice, diversity and sustainable development, among other things. Including global citizenship is easy to do and very necessary.

I spoke at the conference about the resources that I’ve been writing. I got nervous, spoke way too fast & didn’t use the prompts I’d written for myself. Useless! People often expect teachers to be great at public speaking. It’s not the same. As a teacher, you know more than the students infront of you. That’s not always true of the teachers in front of you! Anyway, the key note speaker was Lucy Siegle who was fantastic and I managed to get a free copy of her book ‘To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World?’ which I cannot wait to read. One of the anecdotes that Lucy told was about a handbag that was for sale. It was made of snakeskin and had been botoxed to help it stay fresh & young. There are no words!

Anyway, it was a wonderful day. Full of like minded people who see the importance of helping young people understand the world in which they live, as well as getting them to see how our actions have an impact and that we need to make sure that we make the right choices.

Before I go I will leave you with this video clip from TED that RISC shared with us. I hadn’t heard of the author but I will definitely be reading her work. This is why global citizenship is so important.

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

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