Who we are

Who we are

EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO MAKING A FAIRER WORLD POSSIBLE – EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE TO ACT AS GLOBAL CITIZENS. 

We believe our education system can and should empower young people to act as global citizens, able and committed to shaping a just and sustainable future for all, locally and globally.

Based in Glasgow, WOSDEC work towards these goals by supporting educators throughout the West of Scotland to develop their skills in Global Citizenship, Learning for Sustainability and Rights-based Learning. Our training and ongoing support transforms teaching and learning.

Our Professional Learning team are all qualified teachers, with many years experience of working in Scottish education. We understand the pressures teachers are under in the ever-evolving world of education.

OUR ACTIVE, PARTICIPATIVE TRAINING IS A PROVEN SUPPORT TO TEACHERS, HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME THE GLOBAL CITIZENS OF TOMORROW

Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship is an active learning process through which learners and teachers begin to understand, explore and develop issues shaping the world.

  • understand the links between their own lives and those of others throughout our fast-changing, globalised world
  • explore the economic, social, political and environmental forces that shape communities everywhere
  • develop the skills, attitudes and values to work together to promote social justice
  • work actively towards a world where human rights are respected universally and power and resources are equitably shared.

For more advice on Global Citizenship in schools, read Oxfam's overview.

WOSDEC is a not-for-profit organisation

The majority of the work we do is project funded. Over the years, our work has been supported by a range of donors, including Oxfam and the Scottish Government. Read our Strategic Plan (pdf) and Annual Report (pdf) for more information on what we've achieved so far, our funding and our plans to continue supporting educators in the West of Scotland.

The bigger picture

WOSDEC is a member of IDEAS (International Development Education Association of Scotland), a network of organisations and individuals committed to promoting education for Global Citizenship across Scotland.

We are one of six Development Education Centres (DECs), who work closely together to ensure all educators across Scotland have access to high-quality Professional Learning opportunities and innovative learning and teaching practices. Scotland’s DECs support educators at all levels to incorporate Global Citizenship into classrooms, across whole schools and in learning communities.

About Wosdec

In our latest Annual Report (PDF) you'll find more information about how our work is funded, the range of educators we’ve supported and the impact of our work.

Our Strategic Plan (PDF) outlines our vision for how we plan to continue supporting teachers, schools and authorities in developing Global Citizenship in the coming years.

Annual Report 14-15 (PDF)

  • WOSDEC are critical partners in our three year city wide strategy to promote learning for sustainability and ensure our children and young people experience their entitlements. Courses provided by WOSDEC have been over-subscribed, well attended and valued by staff."
    Ruth Barr, QIO, Glasgow City Council
  • "I just wanted to say thank you for your input with global citizenship during the probationer scheme this year. I have used lots of the resources you gave me with my class and they have LOVED it. Just thought I would drop a line to say thanks for all your help."
    Glasgow probationer
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