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Improvement schooling is a thorough type of studying that addresses the structural factors of poverty and injustice within the international North and South. This quantity debates improvement schooling perform and the coverage setting during which it truly is brought. It affirmatively issues to the transformative energy of schooling as a way towards social switch.

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Who is making this history? In whose name? ). Dobson’s analyses raise important questions for global citizenship education: who is this global citizen? What should be the basis of this project? Whose interests are represented here? Is this an elitist project? Are we empowering the dominant group to remain in power? Are we doing enough to examine the local/global dimensions of our assumptions? However, Dobson’s account also seems to oversimplify NorthSouth relations by presenting the South as only a site for Western forceful dominance or some ‘grassroots’ resistance.

He calls your name. You walk down that corridor. Everyone is looking at you. What are you wearing? How are you feeling? Think about how you got there: the number of people that have signed your petitions, the number of white bands on the wrists of your friends, the number of people you have taken to Edinburgh. You shake Mandela’s hands. How does that feel? He gives you the microphone. Everyone is quiet waiting for you to speak. They respect you. They know what you have done. Think about the difference you have made to this campaign!

103, pp. 523–581. 3 Learning to Read the World? Educating for ‘Active (Global) Citizenship’ in the Formal Curriculum Audrey Bryan Introduction Some years ago – while flicking through a citizenship education textbook designed for use with Irish 12–15 year olds – I came across a story about Craig Kielburger, the Canadian-born anti-child labour activist, who, at the age of 12, founded the International Non-Governmental Organisation Free the Children. The rationale for inclusion of a young, white, middle class Canadian activist’s story in a textbook designed for Irish students is presumably to motivate students as young as 12 to feel empowered to take action against injustice, just as Kielburger was inspired to establish an organisation to end child labour, having read a newspaper article about the young Pakistani bonded labourer – Iqbal Masih – who was active in the Bonded Labour Liberation Front before his murder at the age of 12.

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