Through the Global Literacy project, schools engaged with global issues and tackling poverty; they worked together to take action to make the world a fairer place. As a result of this EU-funded project, schools across the UK, Poland, Ghana and the Czech Republic produced classroom materials and learning resources that you can access here.
All About Ghana - Find out about the history of Ghana, its Kakum National Park and natural resources. The film looks at how gold is still an important commodity to Ghanaians and how the country has rich and diverse cultures.
It also looks at the development of the world’s largest man-made dam, Akosomba, at Lake Volta, and at how Accra is changing with the construction of more roads and corporate buildings.
Daniel’s Classical School - Take a look Daniel's Classical School, in Tema, Ghana. Join us as we hear the history of this school and how it gives an education and support to children who have very little – either little or no money or no family to try – as well as those who can pay for education. Their aim is to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. Hear from the students themselves how they benefit from going to Daniel’s Classical School.
Pupil Audit - Watch a series of activities that are designed to explore what pupils know - or think they know - about the themes of poverty, development and global interdependence.
School in a Box
Children from England, Czech Republic and Ghana have all taken part in a classroom activity called ‘My School in a Box’. Here are their presentations, films and photos showing how they went about choosing what to put in their boxes and why!
- George Hastwell Special School, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England - We meet each class at George Hastwell, as well as their teachers and support staff. They share with us what is important to them as well as where their school is located and what the countryside is like around the school.
- Sandside Lodge Special School, Ulverston, Cumbria, England - Find out how Sandside went about deciding what went into their box and why.
- Hawkshead Primary School, near Ambleside, Cumbria, England - Come and meet the children from Hawkshead Primary School and find out what their classes get up to.
- Group of teachers from various schools in Cumbria - The teachers chose and collected together various symbols of English culture to put in their box to help discussion on what you think are important parts of the culture in England.
- Castle Park Primary School, Kendal, Cumbria, England - Watch the video to see what the school children decide to put in their box and why!
- Skelton School in Cumbria - Come and explore Skelton School and find out about the school’s community. Discover what they like to do, from football to netball to going on school trips. Learn what their space is like and the countryside in which their community live. Watch the video
- Deks School in Ghana - Deks show us around their school building, show us their lessons as well as their school values and their cultural exchanges with places in Ireland as well as Cumbria!
- Pupils from small town in the mountains Rokytnice nad Jizerou, Czech Republic - Find out the key things that form the lives of the children at Rokytnice nad Jizerou.
- Class 8 (14 years old) in a school in Vrchlabí, Czech Republic - To find out what is important to the school children and their parents, they completed questionnaires. Discover what they chose to put in their box!
- School in Dvůr Králové, Czech Republic - The school has a big box, with lots to fit in! With flowers and plants, and their focus on activities like climbing, the school welcomes you!
- Pupils from a school in Trutnov, Czech Republic - Watch the film to learn about a day in the life of the school in Trutnov. Follow the school children from the time they arrive at school, through their English and PE lessons to lunch in their canteen and then home time.
- Pupils from class 7 in ZŠ Žacléř, Czech Republic - Learn about school life for those in class 7 in ZŠ Žacléř, including what they learn, what their school is like and what they do when they aren’t at school.
- Pupils from class 8 (14 years) in Broumov, Czech Republic - Those in class 8 in Broumov share where their town is, that they have a partnership with another school in Poland and other things like their school magazine. This resource is in both Czech and in English.
- Pupils from class 5 (11 years) at Hradec Králové, Czech Republic - Come and find out what the five things the class picked out as being important to them. Learn about how they worked this out and then what they also do when they aren’t in class.
A Day in the Life
Use the Day in the Life download series to explore different traditional skills with your children and to introduce discussion of locally made products and resources.
- Rachel the Apple Grower - Follow Rachel through her autumn day on the apple farm to discover what she does and why. She sells local apples to local people (reducing food miles), and prepares new trees for following years. Questions at the end will help stimulate discussion about this day in the life.
- Lorna the Swill Basket Maker - Touching on the history of swill baskets, Lorna goes through her day as an apprentice swill basket maker. She explains the different stages from felling oak to the final complex weaving. At the end there is a set of questions to help you reflect and consider this skill.
- Andrew the Dry-stone Waller - Andrew explains the job of a dry-stone waller, including the method of making a dry-stone wall in Cumbria. There are various questions to pose to children along the way about this day in the life.
- Sam the Charcoal Burner - Sam works with coppices to get fuel to make the charcoal. He takes us through why coppicing is important and the myriad of products that come from coppiced wood, before describing his day producing charcoal.
- Helen the Willow Basket Maker - Helen takes you through her day as a willow weaver, explaining the different stages of making a basket, from growing the willow to the final weaving. She also looks at why willow weaving is good for wildlife and land-management.