Category Archives: Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship – 17 Global Goals – The World’s Largest Lesson

On September 25, 2015

193 world leaders committed to

17 Global Goals to achieve

3 extraordinary things by 2030.

These goals aim to

end extreme poverty,

fight inequality and injustice

and fix climate change.

Here are the 17 goals:

On this video you can learn more about the 17 global goals

#GLOBALGOALS from United Nations on Vimeo.

Malala introducing the The Worlds Largest Lesson from World's Largest Lesson on Vimeo.

For younger students (2nd class up approximately) here is a slightly shorter video:

3 Minute Shorter Version of the World's Largest Lesson Film from World's Largest Lesson on Vimeo.

How can you help achieve these goals?

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#GlobalCitizenship – Did you know electronic waste is exported from 1st world to 3rd world countries?

Millions of electronic goods:

mobile phones,

laptops, tablets,


digital cameras

and other electronic devices

from old fridges to electric toothbrushes

are being dumped illegally in developing countries.

Why does this happen?

In the 1990s, governments in the 1st world set up ways of ‘recycling electronic waste ‘ Many countries did not cope well with the large amount of e-waste they generated or with the hazards that were caused.

1st world countries began exporting the problem to developing countries where laws to protect workers and the environment are not as strong as in the 1st world.

These electronic goods made up of hundreds of different materials and containing toxic or poisonous substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and flame retardants.

Once in landfill, these toxic materials seep out into the environment, contaminating land, water and the air.

Devices are often dismantled and taken apart in primitive conditions. Those who work at these sites suffer frequent ill health.

Although it is legal to export discarded goods to poor countries if they can be reused or recycled, much is being sent to Africa or Asia under false pretences. Much is falsely classified as ‘second hand’ or ‘used’ good but really these are broken and beyond repair.

What do you think about this?

How can this be improved?

How can YOU help?


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#GlobalCitizenship – Similarities and Differences – Children’s Lives in Different Parts of the World

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Please note: Teachers please check out these photos before you show them to your class,

to  check out whether they are suitable for the age group you are working with.

Click HERE to see dangerous and unusual ways to come to school.

These pictures showed how different

many children’s lives are to ours here in Greystones.

Click HERE to see classrooms all over the world

and if you Click HERE you can see school lunches from all over the world.


HERE is a link to photos of where children sleep

in different parts of the world.


It is good to look at the differences

but it also good to look at the similarities

between children also.


Click on this LINK to see photos of children playing

from faraway and interesting places.

This pictures are from @Fascinatingpics.

Play is certainly something that children

have in common wherever they live.


Do you have a favourite photo?

Why not write about it!

Do you have a favourite game when you are playing.

Why not write about it or draw it.


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What is Global Citizenship? – A Definiton

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What is Global Citizenship?

Global Citizenship is a way of living

that understands and respects that our world

is a web of connections among people;

that we depend on one another

and that our world is one in which the choices we make

and the actions we take may affect people

in our neighbourhood

but also all over the world.

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Poem from ‘We ask why they are hungry’ from Christian Aid and CAFOD



And you fed your animals with my food

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And your multinationals planted your winter tomatoes on our best land

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And you wouldn’t give up your steak from South America

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But they grew coffee for you where corn might grow for my daily meal

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But you turned our sugar cane and manioc* into fuel for your cars

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But the waste from your factories is poisoning the fishing grounds of the earth

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But with your money you bought up my food

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While my land grows exotic fruit for your table

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*Another name for manioc is cassava. This a root vegetable which can be used to make flour

Poem from ‘We ask why they are hungry’ from Christian Aid and CAFOD

Lesson plan for Senior Classes here.

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I am a citizen of the world – a poem by Gil Gregorio

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I am a citizen of the world
and my home is my abode:
Rivers, lakes and valleys
are my sources of life;
Trees, birds and mountains
are my pride!
I am a citizen of the world
and my home is my abode:
Seas, fishes and oceans
are my sources of hope;
Shorelines, rocks and beaches
are my cliches!
I am a citizen of the world
and my peace is your company:
My children, relatives and friends
are my sources of strength;
Their love, care and tender touch
are my tabernacles.
I am a citizen of mankind
and the whole world is my abode.

Gil Gregorio

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‘Excerpts from Decide to be a Global Citizen’ A Poem by Robert Muller

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Decide to be a Global Citizen
A good inhabitant of planet Earth
A member of the great human family
Pray, think, act, feel and love globally…

Know this planet
Love this planet
Care for this planet…

You are the Earth… You are her eyes, her ears, her voice, her mind and her heart

Unite, global citizens, to save and heal planet Earth
And to make our Mother bloom again
As the most beautiful planet
in the universe.

The poet Robert Muller wrote this poem. Could YOU write a poem called ‘Decide to be a Global Citizen’?

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‘A Global Citizenship Interactive’

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Martin Luther King said:

‘…before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality.’

Here is an interactive activity which teaches about how we rely on people from all over the world for the food we eat, the clothes we wear and things we use everyday.

Click HERE to see this activity from the website.


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Food for thought ‘…before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world…’ Full Quote from Martin Luther King

‘It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world?

You get up in the morning and go to the bathroom and reach over for the sponge, and that’s handed to you by a Pacific islander.

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You reach for a bar of soap, and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman.

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And then you go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American.

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And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese.

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Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African.

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And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker.

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And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality.

We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality’.

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Happy International Women’s Day

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Green Schools Notice

Happy International Women’s Day!

  • Attached is a lesson plan on gender equality as well as Muzoon’s story (a Syrian girl who experienced extreme gender inequality and who took action). It would be a really worthwhile lesson to do with the senior classes.
  • Green schools meeting today at 2pm in Room 4. Please send class reps down at that time.

Muzoon’s Story


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Survey: How many nationalities are there in the school?

Ms. Murray’s students did a survey to find out how many nationalities are there in the school. They found out that there are students in the school from fifteen different countries all over the world. Students in our school come from:
United Kingdom
United States of America

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Green Schools – A Message from the Committee

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Following on from the Green School’s Committee meeting on Tuesday:

  1. The committee would like to find out how many different nationalities are in our school and represent this information on a bar chart to be displayed on our notice board. A green school’s rep will go around the classes today with a sheet for all the class teachers to fill in.
  2. There is an A3 poster competition for all green schools. Children depict what they would like Ireland to look like in the year 2040. This could be a good activity to do on Friday afternoon. Having a discussion about what a more ‘green’ Ireland might look like would be helpful before they start the poster. Closing date is 27th March. Prizes include a tablet and €500 euro for the winning school. Send finished posters to Room 8 to be posted
  3. If everyone could have a bin and lunch monitor in their class to make sure the correct waste is being put into the correct bin. Please count how many children are bringing containers in their lunches instead of tin foil/ cling film. This doesn’t mean singling out children who have tin foil but instead praising those who have containers.

That’s all for now. Thank you all in advance

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Green Schools – Announcing a Green Schools Art Competition in St. Brigid’s Greystones

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The Green Schools Committee is announcing an art competition for the whole school.

Students are asked to draw a picture of what they think the world will look like in 2040!

So get working on your entries.

We look forward to seeing how you imagine the world of the future will be!

UPDATE: You can read more details  HERE


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