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Schools: Global Citizenship

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What significance they give to an understanding of global citizenship in the school curriculum; and what progress is being made in ensuring that this significance is adequately reflected in the curriculum. [HL1862]

The Government give great significance to the role of citizenship education in preparing young people to become global citizens. Through the compulsory secondary curriculum for citizenship, pupils are taught about the world as a global community and the wider issues and challenges of global interdependence and responsibility. Sir Keith Ajegbo’s recent Diversity and Citizenship Curriculum report highlighted the fact that global citizenship is an “increasing imperative”. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has been undertaking a review of the secondary national curriculum, including citizenship education. The draft programmes of study will be subject to a public consultation from 5 February 2007 until 30 April 2007 and views on the issue of global citizenship can be expressed as part of this consultation.