World Cities Day is on 31 October. The general theme of World Cities Day is ‘Better City, Better Life’, while each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanisation, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanisation.
This year, the United Nations has selected the theme ‘Innovative Governance, Open Cities’ to highlight the important role of urbanisation as a source of global development and social inclusion.
The Global Learning Programme (GLP) offers useful teaching resources, background reading and CPD to help your pupils engage with World Cities Day.
Our free World Cities Day teaching resource supports teachers wishing to develop their pupils’ understanding of the GLP themes of development and sustainability. The resource features six case studies on cities, both ancient and more recent, in the UK and around the world, accompanied by questions, tasks and links to help pupils engage with the material further. It also includes a helpful infographic to explain the themes and ideas around sustainable cities and communities.
Our free topic-based resources also provide a range of opportunities to explore issues surrounding the evolution of cities, including sustainable development. You can also search the global dimension website, by key stage and subject, for resources to help you teach about these issues.
The GLP provides funded CPD* worth up to £500 that can help you incorporate global learning into your teaching. The wide range of CPD courses on offer – both in school and out of school – can be found via our CPD Calendar. Search the CPD Calendar by provider, content focus or subject to help you find the course that best meets your needs. Courses under the ‘flexible’ tab can be booked on a date that suits you.
Hear from schools on the GLP
Hear from teachers and pupils about the impact that global learning has had on their teaching and learning, by taking a look at the wide range of films and case studies available on our website.
* 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. The GLP in England (GLP-E) is managed by a consortium of partners: Pearson (lead), Geographical Association, UCL Institute of Education, Oxfam UK, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), SSAT and Think Global.