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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 more equal, fairer and sustainable world is possible and support them to develop the relevant skills to act in pursuit of this world for all 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. 2030 might seem like years away, but it will take a lot of work and commitment to achieve this vision – such as ending poverty, fighting inequalities, tackling climate change, protecting our ocean, animals, and ensuring that no one is left behind.

Everyone has the power to help make real change happen.

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

How can you help GOAL achieve this?

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

Resource materials support teachers and children in making the connection between their recent experience of the COVID-19 health crisis to learning about the interconnectedness of the world and taking action in solidarity for the UN Global Goals.

All materials will be designed to be implementable with the COVID-19 classroom restrictions. Find all the materials and register your interest here.

The GOAL Global Youth Programme

Currently in their final stages of resource development, the participants of the GOAL Global Youth Programme (GGY) began their journey together toward the creation of a global citizenship education resource in May 2020. Launching in January 2021, and designed for secondary school students, this resource will be the result of 6 months of collaboration across Ireland, and across the world!

Along the way, our GGY participants are honing their skills in critical thinking, online collaboration tools, group facilitation, intercultural communication, and so much more, with the mentorship of several Youth Activists from all around Africa. Find out more here.

If you are 14 – 18 years old, a youth group leader, or a transition year teacher/coordinator, get in touch to register your interest in the resource. Send an email to our Youth Engagement Officer at for more information.

Book a Global Citizenship workshop

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, GOAL's Global Citizenship team have suspended workshops across the island of Ireland.

While we can’t be in your classrooms during the COVID-19 crisis, GOAL is supporting teachers in continuing Global Citizenship education with learning initiatives which will help you keep engaging with your pupils: Global Sparks and GOAL Changemakers. You can also download our educational resources and contact our Global Citizenship team at for further support. We would love to hear from you!

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

Your bright young sparks will love these online weekly activities supporting Global Citizenship learning. Originally designed to help at-home learning during the summer term 2020, each week we introduced activities reflecting one of the UN Global Goals, suitable for all primary school classes and their families. You will learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and take small but significant actions for local and global solidarity!

Find out more about the fun activities we have ready for you. And make sure to follow us on twitter, Instagram and Youtube to keep up to date with the latest news on upcoming Global Citizenship programmes.

Fostering Global Citizenship

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We live in an increasingly interconnected world.

GOAL is 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 we work with, GOAL will 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.