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About HEC 

HEC Global Learning Centre, based in London, promotes the values, aims and principles of global learning through all areas of education.

What is Global Learning?
Global Learning (or global dimension, or Global Citizenship) is concerned with exploring power relationships, inequalities and the interconnections between people and places around the world. It asks us to consider these relationships, inequalities, similarities and differences that exist around our world today and relate these to our own lives. It is not an ‘additional subject’ to cram into an overcrowded curriculum but goes to the heart of what education is for:

The global dimension explores what connects us to the rest of the world. It enables learners to engage with complex global issues and explore links between their own lives and people, places and issues throughout the world. The global dimension can relate to both developing and developed countries. It helps learners to imagine different futures and the role they can play in creating a fair and sustainable world.“  The National Curriculum

HEC Global Learning Centre has developed a framework for helping schools engage in an ongoing process of developing global learning across the whole school – Learning in a Global Context.


What we do


Over the past two decades HEC has been involved in many projects and partnerships relating to local and global learning.

At the moment, as part of our work across London, we are engaging Local Authorities in promoting the global dimension. We are developing the Global Learning School: learning in a global conext, a framework through which schools can develop the global dimension through a practical toolkit, training, input into curriculum planning and access to a wide range of resources. It is a collaborative process of development as a global learning environment. We are also working with partners around issues of sustainability and exploring the challenges and opportunities of school linking.

Past projects have spanned a wide range of themes, including fair trade, displaced peoples, refugees, enterprise, diversity, play, democracy, participatory photo and video work and journeying.

We also work with a diverse range of local and global partners. International NGO's, including Amnesty International, CAFOD, Oxfam, Save the Children, and WWF. Museums and institutions including the British Museum, Museum of London, Museum in Docklands, Universities of East London and South Bank, and the Tower of London. Linking organisations, including BUILD (Building Understanding through International Links for Development), UKOWLA (UK One World Linking Association) and BBC World Class.