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Education on Global Issues Spurs Engagement

March 4th, 2010 by Dave · No Comments

A new study just came out in the UK drawing a connection between learning about global issues and taking action on them. Global education also plays a part in increasing tolerance.

The study suggests that people who learn about global issues feel more empowered to tackle them, rather than being overwhelmed by the extent of the problems.

Whereas one in three of the UK population feel powerless to take action against climate change, this falls to only one in six of those who have studied the issue.

Global education also appears to be connected to respect for religious difference. Forty-seven per cent of those who had not experienced global learning in school said that they were not comfortable with there being so many religions in Britain today. This dropped to 31 per cent of those whose school experience included global learning.

The researchers found that political views are affected by global education. Fifty-two per cent of those who have learnt about poverty since leaving school believe that the UK should meet its commitment of spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on international development by 2013, compared to only 20 per cent of those who have not studied the issue.

None of this is particularly surprising, of course, but it’s still nice to see.

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