Global Learning Programme

International Literacy Day (8 September)

The Global Learning Programme (GLP) offers useful teaching resources, background reading and CPD to help you engage your pupils with International Literacy Day.

Illiteracy is the one of the root causes of many global issues such as poverty and gender inequality. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined 17 goals to achieve by 2030, all of which are important and relevant to today’s world. Literacy is a part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. The target is that by 2030 all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.

Teaching resources

The GLP offers a wide range of resources to support literacy and numeracy.

A new GLP Key Stage 2 Maths resource uses the book If the World Were a Village to teach about fractions, decimals and percentages.

The Oxfam resource More or Less Equal includes activities, resource sheets, PowerPoint documents and comprehensive teachers’ notes to help explore the effects of poverty on young people, and the concept of inequality. It is aimed at Key Stage 3 pupils, and supports English reading, writing and speaking. Download the GLP mapping document to this resource.

Visit the Global Dimension website for more resources to celebrate International Literacy Day.

Case studies and background reading

See how Granton Primary School taught their Year 6 pupils about human rights in a literacy lesson by using Roald Dahl stories.

Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals here, and more particularly about Goal 4 on education.

GLP-approved CPD

Our CPD Calendar offers a variety of courses to help you incorporate global learning into literacy classes.

Why not use your e-credits* for the accredited course Writing the World – a global learning approach to raising writing standards in primary schools? The aim of this course is to explain how through the use of active, participative global learning methodologies pupils from a school in Shropshire were given the opportunity to think about global issues with the specific purpose of developing their writing and critical thinking skills.

Reading Our World through picture books and global fiction is a course provided by Lifeworlds Learning to explore the potential of picture books and global fiction for introducing learners to the global issues.

The Global Literacy for a Fairer World! course aims to increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of development education, so that they are more confident about incorporating teaching and learning around the themes of poverty, inequality, interdependence, and food and trade into their teaching.


* The GLP is funded by the UK government. All schools can join the programme, but funding is only available to Key Stages 2 and 3 in state schools in England.