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.

Resources from the GLP can raise your pupils’ awareness of literacy around the world and also improve their own literacy skills through engaging with global issues.

Teaching resources

The GLP offers a wide range of resources to support literacy. Topic-based resources also provide a range of opportunities to practise literacy skills. You can also search the global dimension website, by key stage and subject, for resources to help you teach literacy from a global angle.

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.

See how pupils from Meadow Primary School created high-quality literacy and art work from their 'One World' project, and hear from City Academy in Norfolk on how they're integrating global learning into their English teaching.

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

Read Hilary L. Alcock and Linda Ramirez Barker’s research on global learning in their paper: Can global learning raise standards within pupils’ writing in the primary phase? 

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 Literacy, P4C, big issues and global learning? The aim of this course is to demonstrate how using global issues and P4C can provide meaningful global learning through core curriculum work around literacy – helping develop critical literacy skills essential for understanding the world and global learning, and building confidence among teachers to engage in complex global learning issues exploring perspectives and working with a variety of global learning skills and values. 

Hidden stories – shared lives by critically engaging with and reflecting on the 'big ideas' around the issue of migration, this course provides meaningful context to learning about migration with the use of engaging, contemporary mixed media resources. It builds teacher confidence in helping pupils understand their role in a globally-interdependent world, and developing a more empathetic awareness of the implications of being a global citizen.  

Global reading for global citizens uses literature in English and citizenship lessons to develop global awareness. Showcasing a diverse range of literary texts in English and citizenship, the course promotes global citizenship and the development of critical reading. 


* 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.