Litter & Waste

Through discovering the topic of litter and waste we will show how schools can develop their global themes, outlook and skills with a joint curriculum project.

This takes the schools from an introductory fact find to an understanding of the problems connected with litter and waste, ultimately challenging the individuals and schools to change their ways of thinking and behaviour. 



Developing joint global education

Sustainable Global Education

Linking offers many opportunities for exchanging information and allowing students to explore and appreciate the similarities and differences between their own lives and the lives of the students in their partner school.  Engaging in joint global learning, with a rights based approach, encourages students to explore and develop a wider understanding of global inequality, the implications of individual choice locally and globally and an appreciation of and engagement with different values and perceptions.


The following framework has been developed, using the topic of  Litter and Waste to illustrate the development and progression possible in addressing a topic of global importance. This has been specifically chosen because it impacts numerous areas of environmental care and demonstrates our interconnectedness. It provides an ideal opportunity for developing a greater sense of common humanity, has applications in both communities and impacts  behaviour.

  • The framework is broad to allow application across all Key Stages although obviously the depth of approach will be Key stage appropriate

  • The framework can be adopted as stepping stones moving the project forward over time

  • A range of examples at each level illustrate how the enquiry approach is developed to engage pupils and allow them to take ownership

  • The framework can be applied to a range of topics and subject areas: science, geography, PSHE, life skills, farming, literacy, art, maths.

  • This joint partnership curriculum project is:





Schools have discussed their relevant curriculum topic areas and have agreed on an area that is of mutual appeal. In this case the overarching topic is caring for one’s environment which is a topic within the Malawi skills curriculum and is within the UK geography and PSHE curriculum. Within this area this has been further refined to examine the issue of Litter and Waste.

The project should be undertaken with students in the UK and with the respectively aged pupils in Malawi. Then both schools will share their learning with the wider school community. Both schools must agree on approaches which take into consideration their respective access to resources, methodologies and learning styles, including key activities that have been agreed to be carried out within both school communities.