In England, citizenship will be a statutory part of the national curriculum for key stages 3 and 4 from August 2002. The DfEE is taking care to emphasise the 'light touch' of the programmes of study allowing schools to build on the many good things they already do and to continue to be innovative.
A useful professional development video and booklet, called 'Developing Global Citizens in Secondary Schools', has been published by the Central Bureau for International Education and Training and the International Broadcasting Trust (IBT). Nicola Morgan, Aylesbury High School, says, "we are signposting citizenship elements in our schemes of work. And we are actually finding that citizenship is fully integrated within the geography course... development and sustainable development..."
In the video Jan Campbell, subject officer at QCA, explains that "pupils need to be actively involved in their learning. When they learn about something, he facts, they gather information, they then need... to develop the skills to put that knowledge into practice, but most of all they then need to put it into practice in real life."
For guidance on running a youth parliament, see "High Seize: drugs and active global citizenship" which also provides substantial resource information for relating pupils' views and personal experiences with international policies and development issues.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has published a Scheme of Work for Citizenship at Key Stage 3 (£25.00 Ref:QCA/01/776) and it is available at www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/schemes/ The unites do not all embrace the global dimension adequately. However Unit 10 concerns Debating a Global Issue and we have provided teachers' support and pupils' pages.
Education for citizenship requires that young people will be developing skills of democratic participation. In addition to school councils and youth parliaments, an effective strategy for including the global dimension is to run a model United Nations Events. For further information see the publications called Citizenship, Participation and Action: the United Nations (codes PA-159 and PA-173).
"Pupils can be encouraged to become active citizens in local to global contexts. They should be equipped to demonstrate commitment to community life in participation, service and action."