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Oxfam believes that education must set out to provide all children and young people with the knowledge, skills and values they will need to overcome the challenges - and thrive on the opportunities - of a fast-changing and interdependent world.

To achieve this, Oxfam Education works in England, Scotland and Wales to advocate for education for global citizenship.


On top of the hundreds of free online resources on this website, Oxfam supports schools in England through projects such as Youth Ambassadors and Message in a Book. Oxfam is part of the The Global Learning Programme (GLP) for England.

Further support for teachers in England: 

Show Ofsted the world

How Global Learning can help schools meet the new Ofsted criteria.


"Global citizenship is not an add-on to Curriculum for Excellence - it is central to it" 

Mike Russell MSP, Education and Lifelong Learning.  

Global citizenship is now included in educational policy in Scotland. Non-Governmental Organisations like Oxfam have an essential role to play in adding perspectives from communities whose voices are seldom heard. Many teachers say they would like to incorporate global citizenship into their teaching but that they lack confidence. Oxfam Scotland works in close partnership with six Development Education Centres (DECs) in Scotland supporting teachers with global citizenship through CPD, resources and project work. Find the centre closest to you at Seeds for Learning.

Further support for teachers in Scotland:

Developing global citizens within Curriculum for Excellence, published by Learning and Teaching Scotland. 

Visit the Oxfam Scotland website.

Read the STRIDE journal for teachers.


Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) is in educational policy in Wales and provides an opportunity for young people in Wales to develop the values, attitudes and skills to be active global citizens. Oxfam works closely with others in Wales to promote and support ESDGC through teacher training, initial teacher education, providing bilingual teaching resources and global citizenship projects.

Oxfam Cymru works in partnership with others to influence decision makers in the Welsh Government to commit to continue and develop support for ESDGC. You can read more about our asks in the Oxfam Cymru Manifesto 2011, available to download below.

Download  Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC)  - A Common Understanding for Schools' (July 2008) from the Welsh Government website.

Maniffesto Oxfam (Cymraeg) 2011 

Oxfam Cymru Manifesto (English) 2011