‘Young people on the global stage: their education and influence’ which we refer to as YPOGS - is an international creative curriculum development project for secondary schools. Co-funded by the European Union as part of its Development Education and Awareness Raising programme, the project ran from 2013-2016.

YPOGS invited teachers and young people in the UK, Spain, The Gambia and Kenya to respond to big questions such as:

  • What impact will our actions have on people in distant places? and in the future?
  • What are the Sustainable Development Goals and are they relevant to us?
  • What do hunger, poverty and sustainable development mean to us?
  • Can we make the world a better place?
  • Who makes decisions locally and globally, and how can we influence them?

Teachers were also asked to consider professional questions such as:

  • How can I develop subject specific learning and skills further?
  • What are the priorities for my students?
  • What constitutes good practice in my classroom and subject?
  • How does global learning improve outcomes for my students?

The background to YPOGS will be of interest to those…

  • who are curious about global events and want to make connections between the school curriculum and the wider world
  • who want to expand their knowledge of development and develop new teaching and learning skills
  • who recognise that the world is an uncertain place, and that providing a space to explore that uncertainty can build more confident, more resilient, more knowledgeable and more skilful young adults

A communiqué produced by and for young people, and the ‘Global learning lenses on the world’ supported by a bank of downloadable resources, gives practical and engaging activities to use in the classroom is based on the experiences of these teachers and young people. For a list of those involved see here.

Over the three years of YPOGS over 2000 teachers and 10000 young people were involved in activities on global issues alongside partner organisations:

FERE-CECA Madrid in Spain
University of Exeter in UK
TANGO in The Gambia
A Rocha Kenya



This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of Tide~ global learning and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.