Generally, youth work providers deliver a better range and quality of Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) than adult community learning providers. Providers in both areas often work in isolation from one another; they often duplicate work and fail to share resources.
Many providers don’t have a clear understanding of the range of educational benefits that come from embedding ESDGC in their work. Nearly all providers are familiar with the term, but there are many interpretations of the purpose of ESDGC.
The Welsh Assembly Government should:
- clarify the definition of ESDGC to help adult community-based learning and youth work providers to embed ESDGC in their organisational policy and delivery plans; and
- liaise with those responsible for adult community-based learning in the Welsh Assembly Government to ensure that ESDGC is integrated into an overarching policy for the provision of adult learning in Wales.
Local adult learning networks and children and young people’s partnerships should:
- identify across all networks good quality ESDGC resources that are available to adult community-based learning tutors and youth workers to use in their delivery; and
- work together to identify and share good practice in ESDGC across the networks.
Individual providers of adult community-based learning and youth work should:
- create further links across adult community-based learning and youth work networks to improve joint working in local areas; and
- link all organisational plans to the Welsh Assembly Government strategy and action plan for ESDGC.
For a full list of recommendations, please download the report.
Case studies within the report include best practice from the Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham Healthy Schools Programme, the YMCA, and Blaenau Gwent, Carmarthenshire, Newport, Caerphilly, Powys, Gwynedd and Wrexham local authorities.