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Fostering Global Citizenship

Why this goal?

Individual actions and networks are no longer limited by traditional boundaries. We are a Global Family, with the Sustainable Development Goals representing an international commitment to transforming our world. Responding to this challenge is not
a task exclusive to any one geography, population or sector. It is the responsibility of us all.

Global citizens make real change happen

Through our Global Citizenship programme, we aim to empower a generation of Global Citizens to critically reflect on and better understand how our world is interconnected. We want to ensure children, young people and adults believe that a fairer, more equal, and sustainable world is possible and support them to develop the relevant skills to act in pursuit of this world for everyone on the planet.

In 2015, UN world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Made up of 17 individual but interconnected goals, they outline what must be done to build a fairer, more sustainable future.

Everyone has the power to help make real change happen.

Be a Global Citizen and join one of GOAL's Global Citizenship programmes.

Get Involved

Creative, curriculum-linked lesson plans and audio-visuals help primary school teachers to explore Global Citizenship with 1st - 6th class students and take actions for a sustainable and fair world.

Making connections between their recent experience of the Covid-19 health crisis and the interconnectedness of the world, students are empowered to take actions for a sustainable and fair world in solidarity with the UN Global Goals.

GOAL is now also offering live Changemakers workshops for your online classroom! All materials will be designed to be implementable with the Covid-19 classroom restrictions.

Looking for support with at-home learning? Your bright young sparks will love these online weekly activities each reflecting one of the UN Global Goals, suitable for all primary school classes and their families. Try it out and take small but significant actions for local and global solidarity!

Book a Global Citizenship workshop

GOAL's Global Citizenship (GC) team have suspended live in-classroom workshops across the island of Ireland.

But don’t worry! We are currently offering live online Global Citizenship workshops for primary school students. Our GC team will broadcast live to your classroom. We would also love to hear from you! Contact our Global Citizenship team at to discuss the best options for you and your class or sign up here.

Once it is safe to return to the classroom for us, GOAL will continue to run in-person workshops with primary and secondary schools to build understanding around the role we play in a rapidly changing and interdependent world.

Join the GOAL Global Youth (GGY) Programme

This Programme brings young people together from all over the world to deepen their understanding of Global Citizenship.

In May 2020, the participants of the GGY Programme 2020 began their journey together to create a Global Citizenship Education resource. ‘The Global Citizen’s Journey’, launched in January 2021. If you are a transition year teacher or coordinator, a youth group leader or between 14 and 18 years old and want to explore the realities and complexities of our interconnected world, you can download this useful toolkit.

The 2021 GGY programme takes place online via 10 virtual seminars from April through to August. Through the themes of Food Systems and Climate Change, participants will learn how each relates to global citizenship and development.

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Fostering Global Citizenship

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We live in an increasingly interconnected world.

We're committed to strengthening our engagement with the general public and society leaders, with the aim of empowering people to understand and act in accordance with a fairer and more sustainable future for all.

Using the evidence and insights of our work and by amplifying the voices of the communities with whom we work, we seek to enhance the knowledge, attitudes, values and skills of young people, students, teachers, leaders and duty-bearers on the role they can play in addressing the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality.

Code of Good Practice for Development Education

GOAL is a member of the Code of Good Practice for Development Education. Members of this Code commit to strengthening their Development Education practice through an annual self-assessment process.