How the World Works

27 May 2021

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How the World Works is a selection of activities to support Transition Year teachers to integrate Global Citizenship Education (GCE) into their classrooms. GCE, also known as Development Education (DE), is an educational process aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. By challenging stereotypes and encouraging independent thinking, GCE helps students critically explore the root causes of global justice issues and how they interlink with our everyday lives. GCE inspires global solidarity by supporting people to fully realise their rights, responsibilities and potential as global citizens in order to take meaningful action for a just and sustainable world.

The activities can be used in standalone DE modules, or within a range of subjects. The new edition provides clear links with learning outcomes for both Junior and Senior Cycle, enabling teachers across a range of subjects to both build on students’ prior knowledge, and design or supplement ‘taster’ modules for Leaving Certificate subjects. Two new themes are covered: tax justice and climate change. The section on climate change builds on the resource’s emphasis on global inequality, taking a specific justice approach to the theme.