Education for Global Citizenship, a key part of Learning for Sustainability, is about developing an understanding of our place in the world, and how our lifestyles and choices can help make a fairer, more sustainable world – both locally and globally.

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development were launched in 2015 and are an excellent vehicle for Global Learning! They replace the Millennium Development Goals and shape International Development policy until 2030.

See the MDEC Global Goals Resource sheet for teaching resources and background information.

Visit The World’s Largest Lesson for more resources to introduce and explore the Global Goals in your classroom.

The Miniature Earth Learning Project is a great way to start teaching primary and secondary pupils about global issues, the Global Goals and children’s rights. It is a project developed by teachers for teachers, using the Miniature Earth Model. By shrinking the world to a village of 100 people, pupils explore how many people are affected by different global issues, through working on their own independent group projects.

Find more information about the steps and activities of the project, as well as links to resources to teach MELP in our Guide to MELP, which will be published soon.


Whether you are looking for a classroom activity, need to borrow resources or want a whole school approach to Global Citizenship, or a CPD session to further your own knowledge and understanding, we currently provide FREE support under the Global Learning Programme Scotland.

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The Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC) has been appointed to deliver the Global Learning Programme Scotland (GLPS) in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

The GLPS offers FREE practical, fully-funded support to clusters, schools and individual teachers to develop global citizenship across the curriculum and through whole school activities. The Programme is aimed at all sectors – primary, secondary (including transition) and additional support needs.

Find out more here

People we work with say:

‘Global Citizenship learning and development has had a huge impact on learning and teaching in school and on the way we shape our curriculum …’ Aberdeenshire Head Teacher

‘Great, practical ideas that were fun for us and will be for the children too.’ Aberdeen City teacher

‘The Global Learning Programme Scotland is an invaluable opportunity for schools and teaching professionals. This flexible and tailored programme provides staff with the skills and knowledge to successfully embed Global Citizenship across the curriculum.’ Curriculum Development Officer, Aberdeen City Council

‘To me you are the first port of call for educational support and guidance in Learning for Sustainability.’ Georgea Hughes, Programme Development Lead, The Wood Foundation

To discuss how we can support your Global Learning and Teaching, please email us at or telephone us: 01224 620111.

The Montgomery DEC works with teachers, schools and local authorities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland – but every part of Scotland is covered by a Development Education Centre. Find your nearest DEC here: