Welcome to the Montgomery Development Education Centre (MDEC) website. MDEC is an Aberdeen based organisation, covering the whole of the North-East of Scotland. We are the education section of Aberdeen for a Fairer World (formerly the Third World Centre). The Centre is part of the International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS). This is a network of over 40 organisations and individuals involved in Development Education and Education for Global Citizenship/Sustainable Development Education across Scotland.

Learning for Sustainability in your school...


Learning for Sustainability (LfS) 

is not an ‘extra’ – using a Rights-based approach it embeds Global Learning and Citizenship into your school, ensuring you develop the requirements of the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s Learning for Sustainability standards:


‘…embracing locally and globally the educational and social values of sustainability, equality and justice and recognising the rights and responsibilities of future as well as current generations.’


For FREE tailored advice, training and resource support for taking this forward in your school or cluster, please contact us by email: montgomerydec@btconnect.com


Read our 'MDEC Guide to Learning for Sustainability' here 

2014-15 session - FREE Support for Whole Schools

The MDEC has been appointed to deliver the

Global Learning Programme - Scotland (GLPS)

across the North East of Scotland, with tailored and targetted FREE CPD linking to all aspects of global citizenship in the curriculum, including:

  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Rights (including RRS)
  • Fair trade
  • School partnerships

Teachers who worked with us last session said:


'Practical activities that I took part in gave me useful ideas I could take forward'

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 montgomerydec@btconnect.com  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


Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 – Incorporating a Global Citizenship Rights and Values Dimension

'Global citizenship has rights and values at its core, just as the Commonwealth values of Humanity, Equality and Destiny are at the heart of the Commonwealth Games.

The exploration of issues about rights, responsibilities, diversity and justice, as well as environmental issues and sustainability, can be developed alongside the sporting and health aspects of the Games.' 

Education Scotland, Game on Scotland

As we all look forward to the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland this summer, this is an ideal time to look at incorporating its inherent rights and values into global teaching and learning.

There are many useful, related resources online - take a look at our Commonwealth Games web links.


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