As a Global Learning Expert Centre, Ashley High is part of a national network of schools that support each other to deliver effective teaching and learning about international development and global issues across curriculum subjects. This includes working closely with organisations such as Liverpool World Centre, the Fairtrade Foundation and Oxfam.
At Ashley High School we value the importance of our pupils becoming critical thinkers in this 21st Century globalised world. Through cross curricular teaching and learning we create opportunities for our pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to become educated global citizens. Global Learning helps our pupils to develop empathy, flexibility of thought and creates opportunities for them to look at the world from different perspectives.
What kind of issues do we discuss and learn about?
FAIR TRADE PROJECT
Each year our pupils take part in a 'Wider Perspectives' Fairtrade project with students from Liverpool Hope University. They experience a range of activities linked to life skills and social communication. Activites may include:
- visiting local supermarkets to audit the number of fairtrade products on sale
- meeting and interviewing Fairtrade producers
- reflective, critical thinking activities linked to fairtrade products (bananas and chocolate production)
- learning how bananas are grown and how the fairtrade premium helps to fund projects such as schools, safer working conditions and small business enterprises.
- Planning and holding a Fairtrade coffee morning making and selling fairtrade items
- Running a Fairtrade tuck shop during Fairtrade Fortnight
Pupils debate questions such as:
'For every £1.00 made from producing and selling chocolate in the UK, how much should/do each of the following earn? - Farmers, Cocoa Buyers, Importers, Chocolate Companies, Shops, Government.'
We are always keen to further develop global learning at Ashley High School and have been involved in the development of resources for non-profit organisations such as Oxfam.
Please see below download links for two case studies linked to Global Learning: