This page is the home to a selection of previous projects run by DECSY. Many of these projects resulted in publications or web pages the links to which can be found here.
Connecting People and Planet (Turkey/Rotherham)
'Connecting People and Planet' is a project linking Winterhill Comprehensive and Technology College in Rotherham and Bursa Hamitler Doga College in Turkey, looking at technology and nature-based learning.
EU Comenius project with Portugal
DECSY is working with teachers in Portugal on an EU-funded project called 'Inclusion for All: Education, Pluralism and Achievement.' The aim of the project is to compare approaches to working with multi-ethnic populations and develop teachers' awareness, knowledge and skills in working with migrant heritage children.
Charity to Justice
Work with secondary school aged children which took place as part of the Sheffield International Weekend in November 2002 when year 10 pupils from four secondary schools explored the issue of international trade, justice and sustainable development through a simulation game.
Critical Objects (Global Collections)
This DfID funded project (2009-2012) enhanced the collections of cultural artefacts available for loan by local schools. The contents of the existing collections were revised to ensure contemporary relevance and new collections were developed. A reference group of teachers from local schools helped to develop teaching resources giving guidance on how the objects can be used to enhance children's understanding of developing countries, their connections with our lives and the imperative for poverty reduction.
EC Capacity Building
The EC Capacity Building Project complemented the Enabling Effective Support project. It enabled DECSY to have more time to liaise with officers from the four South Yorkshire LEAs, the two local universities and many schools in order to promote the YHGSA and its initiatives.
This project, with a strong global focus, was based on the concept of the ecological footprint. It arose out of liaison with environmental educators from bodies such as the Earth Centre, Losehill Hall Peak Park Study Centre, and a range of groups involved in the Sheffield Environmental Education Network.
Enabling Effective Support
This project involved the development of a new regional body, the Yorkshire and Humber Global Schools Association (YHGSA) - which was responsible for a regional strategy to try and ensure that every child in Yorkshire and The Humber was entitled to a global dimension in their education.
Drawing on experience from the Pakistan project, DECSY worked with Sheffield, Sandwell and Oldham LEA Ethnic Minority Achievement Services, supported by Sheffield Children's Fund to develop a workbook for children of Pakistani heritage who go on extended visits to Pakistan and 'Azad' Kashmir.
Geography & The Global Dimension
This 3-year project, in partnership with The Geographical Association (GA) and funded by a DFID mini–grant, aims to strengthen the Global Dimension and the place of geography within the primary curriculum.
Is Food Costing the Earth
This was a partnership project with Leeds DEC and Groundwork in Dearne Valley and Leeds that involved developing and delivering classroom sessions on food and sustainability for Year 4 or 5 classes in six local primary schools. The work began with an introduction to the concept of the Ecological Footprint (Based on work from the 'Ecological Footprint Project').
Mediation On the Line
This On the Line funded link, involved Channel 4, Oxfam and a range of other NGOs. It brought together a peer mediation programme working with Sheffield schools and an ActionAid peace education project based in Tamale which aims to support the overall peace and reconciliation process for Northern Ghana. Specifically the project involved the setting up of a pilot teacher/ development educator exchange between High Storrs school in Sheffield and Zebilla Junior Secondary school near Bawku.
Moving Here - The Refugee Experience
An exhibition developed by Global Link. The exhibition allowed school students to ‘experience’ stages of the asylum process, from scenes of conflict in people’s home country to arrival and settlement in Britain.
One World Zine
One World Zone (OWZ) was a DFID funded development education project which aimed to respond to the explosion in popularity amongst young people of social networking services (for example a recent survey indicated that 93% of 16 to 21 year olds use Social Network Communities (SNCs) such as Bebo, Facebook, MySpace etc.)
Philosophy for Global Citizenship (P4GC)
This one-year (2004-2005), Oxfam-funded project enabled DECSY to work in partnership with Cumbria DEC, SAPERE (national umbrella organisation for P4C) and schools in South Yorkshire to explore the potential of Philosophy for Children within global citizenship. DECSY worked intensively with the deputy head teachers from two schools, Dobcroft Junior, Sheffield, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Doncaster. The project kick-started what was to be an extensive part of DECSY’s work over the following years and currently (see the section on P4C). A project report is available on request.
Slavery and South Yorkshire
Working in collaboration with local schools, museums and archives and former DECSY project Worker, Alison Twells (author of DECSY publication: Colonialism, Slavery and the Industrial Revolution) DECSY pulled together a new teaching resource for Primary schools 'Olaudah Equiano in Sheffield'. The materials focus on how certain individuals in the area benefited from the trans-atlantic slave trade, whilst others campaigned against it. The publication can be bought from our Publications page.
Somalia History and Culture
This project ran with Sheffield EMAS, local Somali organisations and individuals and MASH Production and led to the development of a multi-media resource for schools: Who Am I? The DVD aims to enhance the achievement of Somali young people and to develop an understanding of Somali history and the culture in the wider community.
Southern Artists for Development
This was a three year project, funded by the Department for International Development (DfID). It is now a service that we offer.
The Strengthening Partnerships Project strengthened DECSY's capacity to deliver development education by building more structured partnerships with other bodies involved in education and development issues.
Take Part Too Global Citizens Simulation
Take Part Too was a web-based project focusing on democracy, communication and negotiation. Three school classes from three countries made up a Youth Council whose task is to study and take action on some of the big issues that are currently being debated in Europe.
This was a 3-year project, funded by DflD from 2009-2012, trialling a model for schools wanting to move from 'charity towards justice' in their partnerships with schools in Africa.
Time to Talk: P4C with parents and children
'Time to Talk' is a primary school-based project bringing parents and their children together using Philosophy for Children / Communities (P4C) to enable dialogue across communities about important issues.
‘Learning from Each Other’ P4C project 2009-2010
This project introduced P4C as a means of helping children from different primary schools that fed into the same secondary school to get to know each other before transition.
83% (34) of participating children gave unqualified positive feedback.
“It’s a good way to meet new people and share your ideas and thoughts.” (white girl School C);
“It is a good way to get to know them and know how other people think and work.” (Asian girl, School C);
“I really enjoyed doing philosophy, and I'd definitely recommend it” (white boy, School C);