MADE’s education team worked to empower young people to take action by providing schools with education and training on global issues such as climate change, social injustice, and poverty. We worked with Muslim schools across the UK, providing teacher training and specialised resources. Our aim was to incorporate global learning, as part of the curriculum, by encouraging students to explore the relationships between how local actions can affect global issues. It was about how we as individuals can play a part to create a more just and sustainable world.
Our MADE Beacon award scheme recognised the achievements of schools that implement a global dimension and go the extra mile to create changes within their school and communities.
We offered a range of services, these included:
- Teacher training
- Speakers for assemblies
- The MADE Beacon Award
- Specialised workshops and campaign trainings
- School trips and events
- School Linking projects
WORKSHOPS AND ASSEMBLIES WE OFFERED:
- Islam and the Environment
- Fair trade and Islam
- Workers’ Rights in Islam
- Global Hunger and Poverty
- Water Injustice and Islam
- The Sustainable Development Goals
Our trained speakers helped young people to understand global issues and their responsibilities as stewards of the Earth, inspiring them to make a difference. We offered a variety of options to cater for their needs, we delivered assemblies as well as interactive workshops which helped students develop key skills and think of practical actions they can do in their everyday life to help create a more sustainable world.
MADE BEACON AWARD
The MADE Beacon Award provided schools with a number of opportunities to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of key global learning concepts. It also aimed to make a difference locally and globally by creating and delivering social action projects. A Beacon School taught and promoted the values found in global learning from an Islamic perspective. The expertise provided as part of the award enabled young Muslims to develop a number of key skills, and promoted global citizenship.
The MADE Beacon Award gave the opportunity to achieve either the Bronze, Silver or Gold standards through simply delivering our global learning topics and organising activities in schools.
By getting involved in the award access to a number of opportunities was gained, including special trips, training opportunities, free workshops and events. Activities included:
- Visit to Willowbrook Halal Organic Farm
- A school visit from a Palestinian Fairtrade farmer
- Support to achieve the Fairtrade Schools Award
- Live Below the Line School challenge
- Model United Nations
- Creative campaign stunts
- Meeting the prime minister at No.10 Downing Street
- Parliament events and competitions
MADE understood that Global Learning is a subject most teachers are unfamiliar with and will require training beforehand. We developed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses on all the resources we provided in order to help teachers deliver Global Learning topics. Our CPD courses were not only approved by the Institute of Education but also in line with teaching trends and the latest pedagogical methods. All of our courses were delivered by experienced facilitators and delivered all year round.
The resources developed by MADE explored key Islamic values and ethics through the global education perspective. Each pack contained in depth teachers’ notes, background research, powerpoint CDs, lesson plans and activities.
Available resource packs included:
- Living Below the Poverty Line
- Sustainability, Farming and Food
- Global Hunger and Food Waste
- This Is My Planet
- Fair Trade and Trade Justice in Islam
FAIR TRADE & TRADE JUSTICE IN ISLAM
The aim of this resource pack was to support teachers to teach the subject of Fair Trade and Trade Justice from an Islamic perspective, whilst also achieving the national School’s Fairtrade Award.
The resource pack contained 10 comprehensive lesson plans each designed to give a deeper understanding of trade justice. Teachers could choose between case studies about Palestine and its dates and olives crops, or Bangladesh and its cotton and ready-made garment industry and much more.
GLOBAL HUNGER & FOOD WASTE
This resource pack contained 5 comprehensive lesson plans and 4 PowerPoint presentations covering hunger and why it occurs globally, as well as why nearly 50% of all the food produced globally is unnecessarily wasted and contributing towards global hunger.
Teachers could explore important and relevant issues from an Islamic perspective looking at various verses and ahadith. Other topics included the effects of hunger such as poverty, infrastructure, international aid, land grabbing, as well as how supermarket behaviours such as sales promotions and perfectly shaped fruits and vegetables contributes to the £10 billion worth of edible food waste in the UK alone.