Focus on resources available to borrow FREE of charge from MDEC

We are currently building up our stock of hard copies of key Global Learning resources, all of which can be borrowed free of charge from the MDEC Resource Library - just email  to arrange this.


  Early Years key resource

  Start with a Story looks at how to use picture/story books with young children.  We have lots of story books in our Resource Library, suitable for even the youngest children.

   Produced by TIDE, Birmingham


Mid-Upper Primary key resource

INDIA Children's Needs, Children's Rights focuses on the very different lives of six children in India enabling you to look at building rights, linking lives with children overseas and develop a broad understanding with your pupils relating to rights such as home, food and education.

  Produced by UNICEF


Secondary key resource

 The Global Teacher  resource pack contains a handbook, CD Rom and 8 eyecatching posters providing clear explanations of the concepts of Global Learning and Sustainability and activities across different subject areas.

  Produced by Leeds DEC


The following titles have recently been added to our library - to arrange borrowing, please email us at 

Teaching pack (Level 2 and Level 3):

Our Forest, Our Future

This Learning for Sustainability online resource helps teachers and pupils to explore the interdependence of people and forests and the vital role forests play in sustaining our environment – in the past, the present and hopefully for many millennia in the future.

The Scots Pine forests in Scotland and the Congo Basin rainforest in Africa provide case studies through which pupils will begin to understand why our forests are under threat and the implications for our planet.

You can access the resource at 

Story books:

The Conquerors by David McKee

Suitable for Lower Primary, ISBN: 1842704680

There once was a large country that was ruled by a General. The General would take his army and attack all the countries around him until they were conquered. Eventually, there was only one small country left to conquer. However, this one did not resist but welcomed the soldiers - leading to a quite unxpected result!


Rubbish Town Hero by Nicola Davies

Suitable for Upper Primary, ISBN: 0552563021

Chipo and his little sister Gentle live on Papa Fudu's dumpsite in Rubbish Town, searching for valuable things amongst the rubbish to try to stay alive. Life isn't easy - luckily, Chipo has spirit, courage and lots of imagination! And now, he has a plan...


 The Child's Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Suitable for Upper Primary, ISBN: 0552571148

When a baby elephant is abandoned on the African savannah, a young boy takes her back to his village and cares for her...there are frightening rumours on the wind, of kidnapping and suffering and war. Will the bond between elephant and child remain strong enough to save them?


Secondary teaching packs: 

Seen and HEARD 

Produced by UNICEF, helping young people explore poverty and children's rights in the UK.


You can borrow a hard copy from MDEC or access it online here



Power Politics Oil and Development in Scotland and Sub-Saharan Africa



Teachers, pupils and community groups in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Port Harcourt, Nigeria were involved in developing this resource, produced by the Living Earth Foundation.



The multi-media Power Politics pack can be borrowed from MDEC or downloaded at  



Other resources:


When working on global issues with your pupils you will find the Teachers' Pack from the Send All My Friends to School campaign very useful. You can order a pack, which includes PowerPoints, video clips, factsheets and more at the Send My Friend website:




    Lasswade Primary School in Midlothian have produced a Fairtrade Cotton Book, with useful information on Fairtrade and in particular Fairtrade Cotton.  To read and download it go to       


Just Eat It!

Just Eat It is a Primary (KS2) multimedia resource pack from Action Aid, looking at world hunger and food sustainability and addressing the questions:

  • Where does our food come from?
  • Can we waste less food?
  •  How are we connected by the food we eat?

You can borrow a pack free of charge from the MDEC or you can obtain a free pack for your school direct from Action Aid:


On the Land We Stand aims to engage students with some of the land issues which have faced rural communities in our past and continue to face rural communities in the developing world today.

The resource compares the Highland Clearances with the situation in many parts of the world today, where vast areas of land in countries with serious hunger problems are sold off to governments, business and foreign investors.

You can access On the Land We Stand online here 


For any further information or advice on using these resources, please contact us at MDEC:

or 'phone 01224 620111




















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