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Global Connect

Global Connect, WDM's unique adult education programme - formerly known as WorldWise - is coming to an end this month.

 Global Connect, in various forms, has been running for over ten years and has worked with groups ranging from homeless people to interested activists, recently immigrated young mothers and people attending films and events. The formats have varied from formal courses, weekly workshops sessions and one-off activities.

 Throughout these changes in target audience and format, the guiding principles have remained constant. The activities have been interactive, participative and fun, yet challenging and thought provoking. The content has linked local concerns to global issues, and importantly has always encouraged and supported participants to take action, both collective and personal. Those taking part in Global Connect come away with a better understanding of the causes and effects of global poverty, together with the skills and enthusiasm to do something about it.

 Quantifying the impact of such a long-running and varied programme is hard. But it is safe to say that hundreds of people in this country have been positively affected - and who knows what are the knock-on effects of their actions on people experiencing poverty overseas?

 The legacy of Global Connect is really about the people who continue to be involved in the struggle for justice and peace in the world. There are also some other tangible outcomes. Firstly, a video made by some participants from the Bethany Christian Trust, a Scottish homelessness charity:

One achievement the group is proud of was to lobby Bethany itself to become a Fair Trade organisation - after discussions amongst the staff this was agreed. The discussion group held a very successful launch ceremony with a quiz, information, snacks and nibbles.

One group member decided to do something about sectarianism in Scottish football by writing and recording a song. You can listen to it here.

Secondly, we have produced a resource pack full of activities for use by anyone interested in exploring local and global issues and the links between them. Very importantly as well as investigating and discussing issues we also examine what we can do about them and how to do it - practical campaigning and organising skills. They are aimed at adult and community educators but are easily adaptable to other contexts and are free to download and print - please see the link below.




In the past years we have worked with diverse groups including the Bethany Christian Trust's Men's Group, Scottish Borders Environment Project, Drummond Community High School, Transition Support Scotland and St Paul's and St. George's Church, Edinburgh. We ran workshops in the Scottish Borders, in Edinburgh and in Leith and covered at a multitude of issues from litter to global warming, from neighbourliness to international relations. We have had radio interviews on Leith FM, articles in the Bugle magazine (written by Bethany service users) and organised a lobby of MSPs. Global Connect linked in with the local community in Wester Hailes to hold film clubs and monthly workshops.  Reel lives continues to show films on interesting global topics, for further details please contact the WHALE Arts education officer. We also work from time-to-time with the Take One Action Film Festival. At last year's screening of the film Hunger! we used a simple activity to illustrate the impacts of food speculation. Further information and files to download to use it yourself are here.


A brief report of Global Connect in 2010-11 can be found here (or you can download a PDF version from the bottom of this page).

What we did

How we did it

What participants said about it

At last year's screening of the film Hunger! we used a simple activity to illustrate the impacts of food speculation. Further information and files to download to use it yourself are here.


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