Global Citizenship Education


How we approach teaching global justice issues is central to the learning and outcomes of our students. Global Citizenship Education (GCE) can be seen as overwhelming, given the scale and depth of issues which it covers. However, the approach we take and methodologies we use are central to breaking issues down and unpacking them with students.

Active Learning Methodologies

Active learning methodologies engage students meaningfully in the learning process.  

WWGS in partnership with Children in Crossfire have lots of ideas to show you how to get students thinking and learning!  Click on the strategies below to see how you can use them in your classroom.

Problem/Solutions Tree
Problem/Solutions Tree Template
Using Photos
Diamond Ranking
Opinion Continuum
Peer Learning and Sharing
The Connections Web
The Biscuit Game

Teachers’ Role

Active and participatory learning methodologies are key to GCE. Teachers take on a facilitation role – using methodologies to support students’ learning, rather than them being the central port of information and answers. Students are enabled to play an active role in shaping their learning. Teachers guide, support and co-construct knowledge in this way of learning.

Utilising active and participatory learning methodologies, teachers can support students to build their knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to ultimately take action on global issues of injustice that are important to them.

GCE resources which you will find on this page use participatory learning methodologies to assist students in digging deeper into global issues.

Active Teaching and Learning methods shifts the role of the teacher and the learning environment:


  • Teacher-centred classroom
  • Product-centred learning
  • Teacher as a transmitter of knowledge
  • Teacher as a ‘doer’ for learners
  • Subject-specific focus


  • Learner-centred classroom
  • Process-centred learning
  • Teacher as an organiser of knowledge
  • Teacher as an ‘enabler’
  • Holistic learning focus

…and the role of students:


  • Passive recipients of knowledge
  • Answering questions
  • Being spoon-fed
  • Competing with one another
  • Wanting to have their own say
  • Learning individual subjects


  • Active and participatory learners
  • Asking questions
  • Taking responsibility for their own learning
  • Collaborating in their learning
  • Actively listening to the opinions of others
  • Connecting their learning