Development Education Centres (DECs) are locally based dynamic and innovative centres of global learning. These independent, not-for-profit organisations support and deliver global learning in schools and communities.
By engaging with global learning and the key idea of interdependence, people of all ages are supported to acquire core dispositions towards themselves, others and the environment; understanding of concepts such as identity, diversity, fairness, conflict and sustainability; and a range of relevant skills relating to:
- self awareness
- communication and empathy
- conflict resolution and collaboration
- critical and creative thinking
- taking action
Despite funding cuts at national and local levels, the need for quality global learning in schools and communities has never been more critical. DECs provide courses which are recognised for their content and quality within the government funded Global Learning Programme.
The Consortium runs the Global Teachers Award, a nationally validated training course that helps teachers navigate the wide range of global learning resources and support available, and ensure quality of provision DECs.
For information on the DEC nearest you, visit the Where Are We page. Each DEC promotes and supports best practice in global learning through CPD training, whole-school initiatives, advice and access to resources for sale and for loan. Each DEC defines its own areas of work in response to local needs and enquiries. DECs work with schools, teachers, local authorities, youth and community groups, universities, volunteers, and adult learners.
DEC services aim to lighten the workload and increase the knowledge and understanding of those they support by providing:
- Learning programmes for schools
- CPD Training and workshops
- Community outreach and education
- Youth work programmes
- Resource libraries
- Talks and lessons
- Support and advice
- Teaching ideas