About Us

The Marlborough Brandt Group MBG was set up in 1981 by a committed group of people living in and around Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK, who responded to the publication of the Brandt Report ‘North ...

Become a Friend

Support us now as a friend Joining MBG as a friend couldn't be easier. Use the drop down to select which level of payment you would like to make, then click on the 'Become a Friend' button, which ...

Experience the REAL Gambia

WGEC runs an annual teachers' study visits to Gunjur, The Gambia and literally hundreds of teachers from Wiltshire and beyond have benefitted personally and professionally from the experience of ...

Projects

Vision: To support TARUD to alleviate poverty and hardship faced by the community of Gunjur In 1990 MBG started several development projects in Gunjur and the surrounding area based around health ...

Setting up School Links

Linking schools in Wiltshire (and beyond) with schools in the Gambia is at the heart of what we do at WGEC. For any school that has been involved at any level with school linking, whether with a ...

Small Business Development

In common with many international development agencies the focus of MBG and TARUD's work in Gunjur has focussed on women's development. We have been involved in a women's literacy and numeracy ...

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Resources to hire

Gambian-artefacts
We have an interesting range of artefacts and resources that are available to hire to support your global teaching.

Topic Boxes

Innovative teaching aids for primary and secondary schools.

  • Primary Food
  • Primary Rights
  • Secondary Rights
  • £50 per term/£25 WGEC Member Schools

Each topic box contains books, worksheets, powerpoints, photographs, card sets, activities that we've written, borrowed, adapted from a range of sources. Resources can be photocopied and each box contains a guide on how to use.

These will be hired on a termly basis (5-7 weeks) and are proving very popular so if you are interested then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gambian Box for hire

woman-cooking-in-traditional-gambian-kitchenOver the years we have built up a wonderful collection of traditional Gambian artefacts that are available for hire. Practical learning which children love!

We provide you with a selection of artefacts and action sheets on how they are used in their traditional setting; gambian clothes for primary children to dress up in, books, coins, jewellery etc – if you want more of a specific item, for example, djembe drums we can tailor a package to suit your needs.

A typical selection would include:

  • Hoes for tilling the earth before planting, used mainly by women in their communal gardens
  • Plastic Bowls come in two sizes and mainly used in the compound for bathing and washing clothes
  • Large Pestle and mortar used for pounding rice, millet and other grain
  • Fans made from local grasses and used to fan fires to them started in readiness for cooking
  • Iron a heavy hollow object which is filled with hot charcoal from the wood fire and used to iron clothes placed flat on the ground
  • Large drum or jembe made from bush mango wood,the skin can made from be cow, sheep or goat but goatskin produces the best sound
  • Talking drum small hour glass shaped drum with an outer casing of strings, held under arm and played with a wooden stick or hands
  • Winnowing Basket for winnowing rice and millet, the grain is placed in the basket and shaken to separate out the chaff or husks
  • gambian-man-making-attayaKora these harp lutes vary insize, the largest has 21 strings
  • Attaya stove, teapot and glasses the stove is fueled with charcoal and used for making attaya, a strong green chinese tea, brewed mainly by men several times a day as a social activity
  • Cooking pot, lid and spoon traditional thick metal pot sometimes made with short legs and designed to use over a fire, a metal slotted spoon is used for stirring and serving rice and fish stew
  • Medium pestle and mortar used for pounding spices such as black peppers and chillies with onions and tomatoes to make a paste for cooking
  • Enamel bowls and lids used for serving up food, the larger bowls are used for communal eating which is the usual practice in most compounds
  • Brush made from palm fronds and used for sweeping
  • Balafon or marimba a type of xylophone found in parts of Africa
  • Plastic Kettle used for washing hands before and after eating and for performing 'wudu' the ritual washing of the hands, mouth, nose, face, ears, and feet before prayer

Prices

  • drumming-workshop£45 per fortnight
  • £90 per term (5-7 weeks)
  • Half price hire for WGEC members

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Classroom workshops

WGEC offer schools a variety of class workshops, staff training and INSETs, delivered by Caroline Harmer. Our popular workshops are listed below but we can also tailor training to suit your needs. To book a workshop or for more information on alternative training please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WGEC members are entitlted to one free INSET/Workshop per year.

Read more: Classroom workshops

Training & accredited courses

WGEC offer schools a variety of staff training, INSET, classroom workshops and accredited courses including the Global Teachers' Award Level 1 & 2 delivered by Caroline Harmer.

Please visit our Training page for this year's scheduled training events. Prices vary depending on course.

INSET

INSET training can be adapted and tailored to suit your needs. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. WGEC members are entitled to a free place on a training course or can arrange a twilight school based session as part of their membership package. Courses WGEC can offer include:

  • Introduction to Global Citizenship
  • What Makes a Good Global School
  • The Global School Award
  • Fairtrade
  • Children's Rights and Responsibilities
  • Thinking of Linking? How to develop a successful North-South school link
  • Creatively Global - celebrating Black History Month
  • Planning a Successful Global Week
  • Apathy to Action
  • Storysacks and Global Citizenship
  • Making a Difference - ideas and resources for promoting active global citizenship
  • The Gambia Focus INSET
  • The Millennium Development Goals
  • Resources for Global Citizenship
  • Preparations for Gap Years and Volunteering

Global Teachers' Award Level 1 & 2

Global-Teachers-AwardWiltshire Global Education Centre has been offering the Global Teachers' Award level 1 since January 2013 and Level 2 since 2015. Both courses are accredited by Liverpool Hope University; and are now validated as part of the Government's new Global Learning Programme and can be paid for with partner school e-credits. Level 3 is currently being developed by the Consortium of Development Education Centres.

Global Teachers' Award Level 1

The overall aim of the programme is to raise the profile and quality of development education provision in England. The programme will result in teachers with greater skills, confidence and understanding to embed development education in the curriculum. The specific changes we expect to see in teacher practice are encapsulated in the learning outcomes of the Global Teachers Award teacher training programme.Every Global Teachers' Award training course will include activities that support these learning outcomes.

The learning outcomes are:

  • Teachers have increased their ability to understand and critique the knowledge base and key concepts associated with education for a just and sustainable world (global learning)
  • Teachers are able to identify a range of different perspectives and question the assumptions behind them
  • Teachers have enhanced their understanding of approaches to learning which promote critical literacy
  • Teachers have developed practical ideas for incorporating new insights into their personal lives and work-related roles
  • Teachers are able to justify incorporating global learning in the curriculum and include activities to measure changes in attitudes of their pupils in relation to certain global issues
  • Teachers have increased confidence and understanding of how to promote informed, active global citizenship

Price

  • Global Teachers' Award £150 per person / WGEC Members £125
  • Global Learning Programme partner schools can use their GLP ecredits

Feedback from our courses has been consistently excellent.

Book

  • Please visit our Training page for this year's scheduled Global Teachers' Award courses and all other training events.

Global Teachers' Award Level 2

This is a 2 day course and participants are required to hold a Global Teachers' Award Level 1 Certificate.

The overall aim of the Level 2 course is to:

  • stimulate critical thinking about global issues both at whole school and at student level
  • facilitate teachers to help young people to understand their role in a globally-interdependent world and to explore strategies by which they can make it more just and sustainable
  • encourage teachers to evaluate the functions of education in a fast changing work and to critique their own global classroom practice
  • encourage teachers to evaluate their global role within their own teaching establishment and prepare them for taking it further

Learning outcomes, by the end of the course participants will:

  • have increased their ability to critique the knowledge base and key concepts associated with global learning
  • be able to identify a range of different perspectives and question the assumptions behind them
  • have enhanced their understanding of the approaches to learning which promote critical literacy and thinking
  • have developed practical ideas for incorporating new insights gained into their personal lives and work-related roles and be able to justify incorporating global learning in the curriculum
  • be able to include activities to measure changes in attitudes of their pupils in relation to certain global issues
  • have increased confidence and understanding of how to promote informed, active in global citizenship

Price

  • Global Teachers' Award £150 per person per day
  • Global Learning Programme partner schools can use their GLP ecredits

Book

  • Please visit our training page for this year's scheduled Global Teachers' Award courses and all other training events.

 

Development of the Global Teachers Award was made possible by a generous grant from the Oxfam Youth and Schools Team.

Oxfam

The Global Teachers Award is endorsed by Think Global.

Think-Global

 

 

 

 

 

 

School membership

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Research has shown that a sustained partnership with your local Development Educational Centre is a very efficient and cost effective way of developing a global ethos across the whole school. We believe that our connection with Gunjur, stretching back for over thirty years puts us in the unique position to engage with a community in change.

We work directly with our member schools to embed global education into your school curriculum. School Membership includes:

  • One free place on an INSET or a classroom workshop or half day support as designated by the school
  • Access to our wealth of online resources – including Lesson Plans, Powerpoints, Photos
  • Full support to establish a school partner link in The Gambia and beyond
  • Priority booking on teacher study visits to The Gambia
  • Half price hire on Gambian artefacts, resources, topic boxes
  • 20% additional training discount
  • Sustained and unlimited email and telephone support

We support teachers in developing the global dimension, to encourage young learners to explore some of the big issues in the world including - social justice, interdependence, diversity, human rights and conflict resolution.

Testimonial

"Being a member of WGEC means we are supported with our global learning across the whole curriculum. Whether we are making a last minute request to borrow resources or booking INSET for a future staff meeting, the WGEC team members are always able to meet our needs or put us in contact with someone else who can. That's real social networking without a flash label and something that makes the team unique."
Cristina, Lydiard Park Academy

WGEC Membership is no longer available.

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