Introducing Global Citizenship into classrooms

Teachers have an important job to do, so we have resources to make it simple to introduce Malawi into your classrooms.

At its core, ‘global citizenship’ is the idea that our identities extend beyond geographical, physical or political borders and our responsibilities to each other and the planet stem from a wider sense of ‘humanity’. It informs how decisions in one part of the world can affect others in different areas. It is important in shaping how we conduct ourselves as individuals and as part of our global community. Global citizenship helps promote respect for others, encourages us to think about issues of equality and justice, and emphasises the importance of cultural diversity.

Global citizenship-informed education will make sure that the next generation of students can grow up understanding how their role is interlinked to others, even in as far away as Malawi. We are passionate about this topic and have developed secondary school resources that can provide you with a guide on how to incorporate global citizenship into your classrooms.

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Lesson Plan Ideas 

1) Learning about Malawi 

What does your school already know about Malawi? Spend five minutes online reading about the country and download our factsheets below.

Encourage your class to challenge their first impressions and what they thought they knew about the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. 

How can they gain a wider perspective of different countries and all the diversity, warmth and culture they have to offer? 

 We would be happy to join a lesson to offer some first-hand accounts of what life is like in Malawi and to answer any questions. 

Request our full secondary school resource pack for more resources on the challenges faced by Malawi and information on how Open Arms is helping.

2) Learning about Global Goals

An important part of being an active global citizen is being aware of how to minimise and reduce harm to our planet and the life it sustains. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a framework to combat these harms. Their success relies on global citizens to take them forward and put them into action.

Download our Sustainable Development Goal factsheets:

Take a look at the SDG downloads to understand what the goals are.

Have a class discussion on a selection of the goals chosen by your students.

Request our full secondary school resource pack for more resources on SDG’s and information on how a small organisation like Open Arms is contributing to them.

3) Take a deep dive into one of the goals by understanding more about Malnutrition.

In your classroom get the students to research about Malnutrition. Download our fact sheet on malnutrition:

Discuss the longer term impact of malnutrition in a country like Malawi – undertake some research to understand this more and get groups to present their findings.

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Encourage thinking around the kinds of opportunities your students have been offered in their own circumstances, what their own privileges have afforded them, and how they can use them to help others who have not had access to the same.

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