Welcome to Global Footprints
Talking Time and Place: A Guide to Oral History and Place Based Learning
Everybody has a history, but often, unless we are famous, we don’t think our history is important. This is especially so for children and young people. Expressing our own lives in our own words, we become the subject of our own histories rather than the object of other people’s research. This is an empowering process and young people should have the opportunity to do this. Interviewing older people enables them to find out about other lives, the history of where they live and how things have changed.
Who we are, is often expressed in terms of where we’re from and this relationship to our immediate locality connects to our world view. If we are expecting the next generation to save the planet, we need them to have a relationship with their own environment first. “What’s important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it, before being asked to heal its wounds.” David Sobel
This Guide encourages students to put themselves on the map; to look at the things they value or want to change, their fears, hopes and dreams. The challenges facing the world involve all of us wherever we live. In our increasingly globalised world the earth’s resources and wealth are not shared sustainably or justly. Growing poverty and reduced access to the basic essentials of life is the daily reality for many people on the planet, but this does not have to be the future, we can all do something to reduce global inequality and the effects of climate change. Order your copy here...
Global Footprints is for teachers and young people to explore global and social issues and increases students' understanding of the connection between their lives and the lives of others around the world, as well as emphasising the need to work together to protect the planet.
Teachers can get started straight away by clicking through to Learning in a Global Context – a menu of support to help schools engage with global learning. Complete the AUDIT and get a tailor-made action plan for your school!
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Do you want to learn more about the impact our actions have on our local community and globally? Do you want to make a difference? Read on... The sections on global footprints: