Better Citizenship Teaching Needed, Says Report; EDUCATION WALES

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Byline: Editor Moira Sharkey

IMPROVEMENTS need to be made in the way adults and young people are taught in the community about sustainable development and global citizenship, Wales chief inspector of education Dr Bill Maxwell has ruled.

A study by Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales, has concluded that generally youth work providers deliver a better range and quality of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) education than adult community-based learning providers.

ESDGC focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and values of learners, to enable them to make decisions in their lives that promote a more equitable and sustainable world. While nearly all providers involve learners in elements of sustainable development and global citizenship, inspectors found many providers do not have a clear and consistent understanding of the definition or the purpose of ESDGC, or of the inter-relationship between sustainable development and global citizenship.

Inspectors also reported many providers try to develop ESDGC in isolation from other learning activities, which reduces its impact and effectiveness. …