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Resource 1

ACT - Association for Citizenship Teaching
Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism
A resource for teachers to use in the classroom


Resource title
Oxfam's Global Citizenship Resources
Source: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/global_citizenship/ - The resources are free to download from Oxfam's education webpage.
Outline
This web-based series gives teachers inspiration and practical tools for incorporating education for Global Citizenship into their lessons and across their school. This is especially focused on primary schools. There is a good introduction for teachers new to the subject as well as an audit for primary schools to see where they are doing well and where there is room for improvement in regards to delivering an education for global citizenship. This is a very useful guide for teachers new to teaching this topic, or starting at a new school. The audit offers practical ideas for addressing issues raised by the teacher.

This resource helps teachers understand and promote the importance of providing a supportive, inclusive and rights-respecting environment for children so they can learn to value and respect their society, themselves and others in the immediate community, global community and in general. Framed in the context of global citizenship, the resource helps explore issues – often highly controversial – connected with identity, social justice and equality. The global framing enables pupils to learn about the universal nature of human rights before drawing on personal experience and local/school examples for comparison.

Included is a series of lesson plans on issues such as poverty, conflict, diversity and identity as well as sustainable development and globalisation and interdependence. Encouraging children to engage with these ideas of valuing everyone, understanding concepts of equality and co-operation, will help develop their sense of community belonging.

This exploration of personal community belonging, together with the development of an understanding of personal and group identity, can make an important contribution to a child's development with regards to respect for 'their' community. A person is less likely to offend against a community which they feel is 'theirs', or in which they understand the nature of another community, than against one they feel alienates or undermines them. Therefore, developing a sense of personal identity, local community belonging and global community belonging can help reduce the perceived need to resort to acts of violence against the community. In order for this personal development to take place they must develop an understanding of and appreciation for:
  • their personal identity,
  • the multi-cultural nature of local and/or global communities,
  • respect for and understanding of equality, human rights and diversity.
A particular benefit of this resource is that it well-planned and tried and tested in classrooms and includes sections with ideas for under-5s; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 as well as for whole-school assemblies.
Links across other subjects within resource
These resources are also useful in History, Geography, RE, English and PSHE education.
Additional support
The Association for Citizenship Teaching provides free in-school support and guidance to all ACT members. See www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk

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