The Global Passport Award

What is the Global Passport Award?

The Global Passport Award is an EU recognised quality mark, which offers schools a framework to integrate Global Citizenship Education into their teaching and learning. It is a self-assessed and externally-audited accreditation and it is open to all post-primary schools in Ireland.

What Awards are offered under the Global Passport?:

There are 3 different types of Global Passport Awards that schools can apply for depending on their level of engagement with Global Citizenship Education (GCE). These include:

  • The Citizen’s Passport Award – for school’s emerging engagement with GCE
  • The Diplomatic Passport Award– for school’s established engagement with GCE
  • The Special Passport Award – for school’s exceptional engagement with GCE

What is involved in the application process?

Schools rate their level of Global Citizenship activity under 6 categories (passport ‘stamps’):

  1. Curriculum
  2. Extra curricular activities
  3. Teacher capacity & engagement
  4. Student capacity & engagement
  5. School leadership & policies
  6. Community engagement

The total score achieved in all 6 categories/stamps will determine which of the three Global Passport Awards are awarded.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline for the Global Passport applications has now passed. Schools can reapply for the Global Passport Award in 2021. Successful applicants of the Global Passport Award receive a wooden plaque and a large banner to showcase their status as a WorldWise Global School’s Global Passport Award holder.

Please note, we were due to present the awards at our Annual Student Conference on 2 April 2020 in Cork, which has now unfortunately been cancelled because of Covid-19. We will now present the Awards at our Annual Symposium for School Management on 11 November 2020 in Iveagh House, Dublin. The Global Passport Banner (below) will be posted to schools in September 2020.

How do I apply?

If your school is interested in applying for the Global Passport Award (GPA), please register your interest below (click on the button below). Please note that GPA applications are permitted every 2nd year. For more information please contact:

Phone: 01 554744



      The following video clips offer an insight into the experience of a collection of teachers, students and school leaders who have coordinated the Global Passport Award application in their own schools. Click on the videos below for advice and ideas on how to get started with each stamp!