More than 200 organisations including charities, trades unions, businesses and schools have backed an initiative that emphasises the importance of global education in tackling the world’s problems. They signed up to the Global Learning Charter at an event in Parliament yesterday (23 February).
The Charter, organised by the education charity DEA, supports the idea that learning can help tackle some of the global issues that the world collectively faces, such as climate change, poverty and religious conflict.
Signatory organisations include schools from the UK and around the world, as well as charities such as Amnesty International, British Red Cross, UNICEF UK, Oxfam, Royal Geographical Society, the Eden Project and WWF.
“We can’t just rely on government or charities to create social change,” said Hetan Shah, Chief Executive of DEA, “It only happens if the people are involved”.
The launch of the Global Learning Charter was hosted by the Liberal Democrat MP, Malcolm Bruce, Chair of the International Development Select Committee.
“Together we can make strides to better address global challenges like poverty, climate change and racial or religious intolerance,” said Bruce, “But we need to learn more about these issues. My visits to developing countries have reinforced to me how important it is that people in this country learn about global issues.”
He quoted research conducted by MORI in 2008 which showed that, while 93 per cent of the UK’s school-age children and young people consider that it is important to learn about global issues, 63 per cent feel that they do not learn enough about the wider world.
“I am delighted that such a wide range of organisations including charities, businesses, schools, trade unions, universities and local authorities are coming together to help build awareness about how people in the UK can make the world a better place,” added Shah, “It gives me hope that together we will be able to involve many more people in the solutions to the global challenges we face”.