Global Learning London

About Global Learning London

Global Learning London (formerly HEC Global Learning) was incubated in the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service (THSLS), of which we remain an integral part. Our work stands on the shoulders of giants. While still in the womb, we fed on stories, books, public service, curiosity and wonder. We continue to fly the flag for THSLS and all other libraries from which we, and so many other sparks, were born.

What we do

We work with children, young people and their wider communities, to cultivate optimism and action for a more just and sustainable world.

Why we do it

We believe that a kinder, more equitable world is possible, one where people and planet thrive to their full potential and beyond.

How we do it

  • We work together with teachers and schools to open up spaces for learning and enquiry into how to be better facilitators for our children’s growth and where global perspectives and indigenous wisdoms are central.
  • We create workshops, festivals and encounters to forge connections between children, young people and their local communities. We ensure families, small local businesses, and community are part of the conversation, and that children’s voices flow into them, and are amplified within them.
  • We plant seeds for learner-led projects, then move out of the way and cheer them on as they grow. We seek to create environments where we are all learners – where power is truly shared.
  • We change systems. We lobby government and local councils to reform education, from the bottom up.
  • We do all this with curiosity, creativity and critical thinking, and with art and culture at the heart.
  • We are not afraid to challenge and be challenged. Because our cause is greater than our fear.

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What is Global Learning?

Global Learning, or Global Citizenship Education, aims to empower learners to engage and assume active roles locally, nationally and/or globally, to face and resolve global challenges and ultimately to become proactive contributors to a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. It builds on a diversity of world views and indigenous wisdoms to foster the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and behaviours towards a kinder, more regenerative way of life.

Global Learning is a key element of Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education: to ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Opening Times

Opening times

Term time Monday – Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Fridays and holidays: 9am to 4:30pm

Christmas holiday

23rd December to 1st January : CLOSED