I am not a modern language teacher but I am interested in global citizenship education. This looks to be a great resource for young people in Scotland and DR Congo to communicate. Surely education is the only way to resolve the terrible conflicts there.

SCIAF is giving a voice to the young people of the conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo in a new and innovative modern language resource launched today (Wednesday 12 November).

The new resource Citizens of the World – Life in the DRC (Citoyens Du Monde – La Vie en RDC) is has been specially designed to support Curriculum for Excellence. It comprises a web-based video wall of young Congolese talking about their lives and aspirations, an interactive online blog enabling young Scottish students to ask questions and hold discussions with a young person in the Congo, and a 60-page teachers’ pack including background on the DRC, lesson ideas, factsheets and a DVD-ROM. 

The aims of the resource are to help modern language teachers embed global citizenship themes into the classroom; enable young people to understand the importance of language and communication in our globalised world; encourage them to learn French; raise awareness of life in the DRC; and help pupils understand the reasons for the arrival in the UK of Congolese refugees and asylum families.  £9.95 is being charged by SCIAF to help recover the costs of production.

The new resource can be obtained by schools by emailing or by calling SCIAF direct on telephone: 0141 354 5555.