SEIC NEWSLETTER: #SEPTEMBERISGCMONTH

Take action on #LiteracyDay – 8th of September 2020 

International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on September 8th, is an opportunity for society to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges. Secondary English teachers looking to tie global learning and current issues to their lessons can now download our new Issue to action resources free from the Scotdec website.

Poetry, stories and biographies connect young people to the lived experiences of climate change and migration in this collection of English lessons. The first activity introduces the need to hear multiple stories of the world and our place in it. Then follows three units with a focus on climate change, refugees and how we engage with the ‘other’.

All materials were created by Scottish teachers, for Scottish teachers. To make it easy to embed the learning into your classroom learning, the activities are also mapped to benchmarks and reference the relevant Sustainable Development Goal.

Click here for the new resource.


School Partnerships: British Council online professional learning

When? 6pm – 7.30pm on the 24th September, 1st of October and 8th of October.

Equitable and Sustainable International School Partnerships is a free course from the British Council designed to help you make the most of school partnership – whether you’re thinking about getting involved or making the most of your existing ties!

Online dates facilitated by Scotland’s Development Education Centres for the new term have just been added. Find out everything you need to know and book your spot via the link below.

Click here to Register via Eventbrite.


Small actions for a BIG impact with #WeeFlagsForChange

September is Global Citizenship Month and to celebrate, Scotland’s Development Education Centres are spreading the news about the Wee Flags For Change campaign – a chance to join with others across Scotland, taking small actions that can contribute to BIG change on important issues.

Wee Flags For Change is inviting people from across Scotland to commit to one positive action on a global issue and to share this on a ‘wee flag for change’.

You can download the free pack on the HOWDEC website to use in your classroom. It’s split into four actions – Learn, Create Think and Share – and comes with a printable flag template so your class can create their own unique wee flag bunting!

Share your picture/video on social media using the hashtag #weeflagsforchange and post your wee flag bunting by 25 September so it can be included in a giant public display with schools from across the country!

Click here to find out more.


A Global Citizenship Approach To Primary Teaching: Online professional learning from Scotland’s Development Education Centres

When? 5.30pm – 7.30pm, 22nd of September 2020. 

What is Global Citizenship? Why does it matter? How can you introduce the idea of Global Citizenship to primary age learners in a sensitive and engaging way?

This short online professional learning webinar delivered by Scotland’s Development Education Centres is designed to help primary teachers understand the place of Global Citizenship within Scottish education’s Learning for Sustainability (LfS) agenda.

Attendees will receive a resource list to take away, along with plenty of new ideas around how to weave key Global Citizenship themes like climate change, gender equality, migration and the UN SDGs into lessons in a way that is accessible to primary age learners.

Click here to register via Eventbrite.


Global Goals Week 2020: Turn Your Learners Into Factivists! 

Along with Global Citizenship MonthGlobal Goals Week is also taking place in September!

September marks the 5th anniversary of the #GlobalGoals – the to-do list for a better and more sustainable future for all. From taking #ClimateAction to speaking out against injustice, we all have a role to play in transforming our world.

The global event will take place virtually this year, focusing on making this a turning point to recover better for people and planet. It is designed to bring together people from leaders to citizens to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year the theme is factivism – using data and information to shape our approach to changing the world for the better. Sign up with your class or school to become factivists!

For more information including how to participate in Global Goals Week, visit globalgoalsweek.org. Join the conversation and showcase your action to #TurnItAround for the #GlobalGoals.

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