Global Citizenship Travel is the ninth theme of the Green-Schools programme. The Travel theme is funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and supported by the National Transport Authority.
Why Global Citizenship – Travel?
Global Citizenship Travel will allow you to discover how your work on the Green-Schools programme is having a positive effect on global issues including greenhouse gas emissions, air quality and sustainable development. The focus of your work should be to promote sustainable transport options to your students and school staff and to encourage healthy and active travel habits on the journey to school.
How Global Citizenship Travel works
The Global Citizenship Travel theme is a revision theme for your school, as well as an opportunity to focuses on four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are most relevant to the theme of Travel. We have selected four SDG’s which you can focus on when you are working on the Global Citizenship Travel theme. The four SDG’s are as follows;
• SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being
• SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities
• SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
• SDG 13 – Climate Action
By studying these SDG’s and what it means to be a global citizen, students will learn;
- The positive benefits which active travel has on our health and well-being and the impacts of air quality.
- Understand issues such as reduced inequalities in relation to accessing and partaking in sustainable travel mobility.
- Learn though case studies, examples of planning and developing sustainable travel within towns and cities.
- Understand how transport emissions are directly linked to climate change, and explore the many ways how individuals can contribute to lowing harmful greenhouse gases.
In addition to working on the global citizenship element of the latest Travel theme, schools should also focus on monitoring and improving sustainable travel habits within the school. Much like the Travel theme, schools should continue to;
- Review what travel habits are present in your school.
- Raise awareness of the sustainable modes of travel such as walking, cycling, and scooting
- Promote and facilitate ‘Active Citizenship’ by actively moving towards a culture of sustainable
- Tailor their Action Plan to set positive Travel targets, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling, scooting, carpooling, using public transport or using park ‘n’ stride instead of the private car on the school run.
By promoting these sustainable transport modes, schools will also improve pupils’ safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative modes of transport also improve children’s alertness. The schools will also lessen their overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution.
Green-Schools have dedicated Travel Officers throughout the country who work closely with schools to support them through the 7 Step process of the Travel theme. These officers offer assistance with conducting your Environmental Review; beginning your Action Plan; hosting Days of Action and can help you apply for cycle training and parking for your school.
View our Green-Schools Travel Annual Reports:
Useful Links, Projects and Key Resources
Key Travel Resources
- Air Quality Toolkit – Primary
- Air Quality Toolkit – Secondary
- Green-Schools Love 30 Action Pack
- Green-Schools Travel No-Idling Toolkit for Schools
Road Safety and Mapping Advice:
- National Transport Authority’s Journey Planner : useful website for planning journeys to and from school/other locations and at weekends – also useful for planning school trips using public transport
- RSA Education Page: useful information on road safety for students
- Scoilnet Maps: useful for mapping routes to school
- European Mobility Week: useful website for schools to learn about European Mobility Week and see what happens all over Europe