Learning for a more just
and sustainable world

Artistic expression is a really important area of Global Citizenship. When we become passionate about injustice, we want to tell others about it and take action. Throughout history, musicians, visual and performance artists have used their creativity to bring about positive social change.

Global learning within the expressive arts involves exploring where artistic expression has been used to raise awareness of injustice, and its contribution to that particular art form.  It is then important that young people have the opportunity to create their own music, art or performance drama to express how they feel about issues that are important to them.

TGA Units: Music

Developed by Theresa Wilkin, St Margaret Mary’s Secondary School, Glasgow

World Music

This unit explores how we in Scotland are connected to the different styles of music found in the regions of North Africa, the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent. Images and discussion activities support young people to challengetheir assumptions about the cultures in each region, developing a deeper understanding of both diversity, and our shared humanity.

Jazz and Soul Music

This unit explores the connections between Jazz, Soul and the growth of protest music within the civil rights movement in America and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the UK. Supporting activities enable young people to strengthen their understanding of how human rights can often be in conflict, and how freedom of expression and international solidarity is just as important now as it was in the 1960s.  


Arts resources


Global Musical series of lesson plans from Oxfam

The Power of our Voices looks at protest songs, human rights and the lyrics of social change in a series of lesson plans from Amnesty International. (PDF)

Thursday’s Child is achildren’s rights musical produced by UNICEF


Rehearsing our roles: drama in citizenship education

From Spectators to Spect-actors: a resource on Forum theatre. (PDF)


Human beings orhuman buyings? This resource shares ideas on supporting young people to express through art their desire for how to make the world a better place, including transformation of self, society and the environment. (PDF)


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