About DECSY

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Our passion
DECSY exists to promote Global Learning: an approach to education that increases understanding of complex global issues, such as world poverty, conflict, climate change, migration and thinking about how to create a better world.

We work with teachers and many others involved in education with the aim to inspire and inform so that educators can confidently bring the global perspective into their teaching.

How we work
We offer a range of training courses to teachers and schools, with our skilled staff providing support for understanding current events as well as understanding of complex global issues.  
Current courses include:

  • Learning through a pandemic
  • Planning a broad and balanced curriculum through global learning
  • Philosophy for Children
  • Gender Equality in Schools – a whole-school approach
  • Coping with Covid

We work on specific projects that enhance Global Learning teaching resources and research.
Current projects include:

  • Creating a Gender Equality Charter Mark (kite mark) for primary and secondary schools
  • The Schools Linking Network – linking pupils across different schools in Sheffield and Rotherham
  • Non-violent action: a force for change

Recent and current funders and supporting bodies have included:
European Union, DFID, Ernest Cook Trust, The Nineveh Charitable Trust, Open Gate Trust, Sheffield City Council, The Linking Project, churches and individual donors.

Our History
DECSY was established in 1984 as one of 23 Development Education Centres in England. Initially Registered Charity: 517354, in 2013 we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (no.: 1153377). DECSY is run by education workers, resources and advice worker, administrator, project workers and volunteers. An executive committee of volunteer members has overall responsibility for the Centre. 

We are a member of the Consortium of Development Education Centres (CoDEC) which brings together independent, non-for-profit organisations that support and deliver global learning in schools and communities across England.  
Go to www.codec.org.uk for further information on Global Learning.

Our current funders are:

The Fore
Can Do South Yorkshire Community Fund
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Nineveh Charitable Trust

Co-funded by the Erasmus + programme of the European Union

The Linking Network