Local and Global Citizenship
Local and Global Citizenship involves discussing controversial issues surrounding diversity, equality and justice, democracy and active participation. Pupils have opportunities to identify and clarify their own values and attitudes. They also learn how to recognise, understand and manage their emotions and behaviour in a range of situations.
Local and Global Citizenship is important because it helps young people learn how to participate positively in society, to influence democratic processes and to make informed and responsible decisions as local and global citizens throughout their lives.
Local Global Citizenship is based on the following themes, which are addressed in local, national, European and global contexts:
- Human Rights and Social Responsibility;
- Diversity and Inclusion;
- Equality and Social Justice; and
- Democracy and Active Participation.
For further details see the Statutory Requirements for Local and Global Citizenship.
Local and Global Citizenship is underpinned by the Key Elements of Citizenship, Cultural Understanding, Media Awareness and Ethical Awareness.
For more information on Key Stage 3 Local and Global Citizenship, contact
(028) 9026 1200 extension 2632
The following films and accompanying resources were created by Cinemagic Belfast to support the NI government's Fresh Start Plan (2015) and its aim to promote the rule of law and tackle paramilitary activity.
CCEA and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) have partnered to create this child rights resource hub for teachers and pupils. Its aim is to provide a range resources that will help to tell children and young people about their rights, as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
We have developed these resources to encourage pupils to explore the Global Dimension in their learning at Key Stage 3. The Global Dimension incorporates the key concepts of global citizenship, conflict resolutions, diversity, human rights, interdependence, social justice, sustainable development and values and perceptions.
EU4U is a Local and Global Citizenship resource that helps pupils to understand their role as EU citizens and the impact of the EU on their lives.
A practical resource to support schools to meet the curriculum requirements for Local and Global Citizenship at Key Stage 3.
This guidance supports principals, senior leaders/managers and teachers to plan and develop approaches to teaching controversial issues at whole-school and classroom levels.
LLW Integrated Activities
Drugs and Society (Personal Development / Local and Global Citizenship)
Migrant Workers (Employability / Local and Global Citizenship)
Useful Links and Media Clips
Please review all links to judge their suitability before using them with your class.
Global Learning Programme This website provides schools with resources, case studies and information on local training that will support them to educate for a fair and sustainable world through all areas of the curriculum.
Free Teaching Resources Free Personal, Social, Health and Economic Key Stage 3 teaching resources for post-primary teachers
Northern Ireland Assembly Information about all aspects of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Northern Ireland Equality Commission Information about delivering equality for the individual and the employer
Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Champions and guards the rights of all those who live in Northern Ireland
Joined up – developing good relations in the school community This resource provides practical ideas and support to help teachers and other educators become more confident in creating and delivering engaging activities relating to identity, diversity and conflict.
Association for Citizenship Teaching – resources ACT is the subject association for Citizenship, representing teachers and others involved in Citizenship education. It provides a wide range of teaching resources that can be filtered by type.
Amnesty International – Right Here Right Now This resource is for teachers who want to explore with their pupils the role of human rights in our day-to-day lives and demonstrate a human rights approach in their work.
British Red Cross Free resources, ideal for Citizenship and PSHE teaching, tutor time and across the curriculum
British Red Cross Newsthink Pupils improve their ability to share opinions, analyse world events and develop a critical understanding of the media with regular practice.
Children in Crossfire Responds to the rights and needs of children and young people caught in the crossfire of global poverty, injustice and inequality
Children in Crossfire: Development Education Development Education (Dev Ed) is about understanding global interconnectedness. It helps young people to develop the skills and values to become the citizens that our world needs.
UNICEF – Children’s Rights Education Toolkit A resource to support children’s rights education in the classroom setting
Facing History and Ourselves This is a non-profit international educational and professional development organisation. Its mission is to engage pupils from diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and antisemitism to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
Global Dimension This site brings together resources, case studies and background information to help teachers and other educators bring a global dimension to their work.
The Guardian – Citizenship Teaching Resources The Guardian Teacher Network has up-to-date citizenship teaching resources and ideas for citizenship teaching across all ages.
Oxfam – resources The Oxfam Education website offers hundreds of free online resources, lesson plans, teaching ideas, and support and guidance for education practitioners.
Shelter Classroom Kit The Citizenship Key Stage 3 module uses games, debate cards, video and case studies to encourage pupils to explore homelessness and housing need, to consider how better neighbourhoods influence quality of life, to examine arguments for house building and to gain an insight into housing law and Shelter’s work.
Salve International Free teaching resources designed to help teachers explore important issues including children’s rights, global inequality and life on the streets with the next generation of learners
Search YouTube for videos, for example:
What is poverty? What is poverty? What causes poverty? Does how we define poverty affect how we tackle it? What part do you play in reducing poverty?
The following resources were funded and created through the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council Media Grant Scheme:
Bridging The Gap
This is a 60-minute film, accompanied by a trailer. The film explores the experiences of newcomer pupils in Craigavon schools. The film capture the views and experiences of pupils, parents, educators, academics and leaders in the Community Intercultural Programme. It considers the challenges newcomer pupils may face and in particular the language barrier.
Bridging The Gap Kettle of Fish (LJHSTV Community Interest Company) (Paul Moorehead)
Where is Belfast
This is a 20-minute film, accompanied by a short trailer. The film examines the experiences and challenges of young migrants living in local communities.
Where is Belfast - Trailer - To view the Trailer enter the password: trailer
Where is Belfast - Final Film - To view the film enter the password: finalfinal Film-maker: Priya Biring
Voices of the New Belfast
Voices of the New Belfast is a documentary film project that focuses on the lives and experiences of nine individuals from other countries who have come to live in Belfast. The documentary consists of nine films each accompanied by a short introductory text. Each film captures real stories and explores the experiences of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The film deals with some of the issues that affect these people and their communities.
Voices of the New Belfast Film makers: Jonathan Agnew, Gerard Stewart and Stuart Sloan
Fleadh Con(fus)ion Engagement of Londonderry Bands Forum with the All Ireland Fleadh in Derry and training/facilitation.
Key Stage 3 learning resource in 3 units, stereotypes, cultural identity and learning on the Cultúrlann website:
Fleadh Con(fus)ion Documentary and training resource that is intended as one of a series working with Londonderry Bands Forum.
The choices we made: Bystanding and Conflict in Northern Ireland
Film and education guide dealing with the legacy of the Troubles through the real life stories of people through focusing on their individual choices and behaviours when they felt they did not stand up to a perceived injustice.
Spring Farm Learning To Live Together
This is an eight-minute film about people's experiences of living in the Spring Farm Community in Antrim. Spring Farm is integrated community, which has around 40% of people from ethic minatory groups, 30% Catholic and 30% Protectants. The film illustrates diversity and inclusion in a local community.