Learning for a more just
and sustainable world

Global citizenship provides a rich and real life context for applying what is learned in Maths. Inequality, social justice, climate change, population, migration – how can we hold informed views on these global topical issue without looking at the statistics behind them?

Maths has a key role to play in helping us to analyse the numbers, but also to understand how and why these numbers can be manipulated to suit different agendas. Maths can also help to challenge stereotypes and develop a positive view of different cultures through the exploration of the origins of shapes, symbols and symmetry, and how these have been used across the world through the ages.

This short guide gives examples of ways to support learners in critically analysing statistics and making connections between the local and global, as well as providing links to an extensive range of resources which support the teaching of maths concepts through Global Citizenship issues.

Maths resources

Secondary Mathematics and Global Learning is an excellent 3 page guide with a host of ideas and activities using Maths to explore issues of global social justice and equality. 

5:50:500 is a collection of over 100 stimulus sheets designed to encourage and support discussion and debate on a range of key development, justice, human rights and environment issues, with supporting background information, activities and web links.

Everyone Counts has been developed by Oxfam in conjunction with Young Lives, an international research project studying the causes and consequences of children’s poverty.Using real-life data about children living in four countries around the world, learners will develop their skills and understanding of topics such as time and data handling.

The World Cup: A Fair Game? Use football to examine inequality between and within countries, explore footballers and other people who have taken action to make the world fairer, examine news around the World Cup, consider how making new rules in football could make the game fairer, and understand the causes, effects and solutions to inequality in Brazil.

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