With the proposed development of the ‘youth professional’ and the consolidation of graduate professional qualifications, this is an important time for youth work. This book sets out the current state of debate about youth work for those considering, or about to embark on, a degree course. Contemporary debates in youth work are explored, and help to give students a sense of its history and its future contribution. By combining the experience of its editors and the contemporaneous experience of the voices of contributors, this book provides an excellent introduction to work as a youth worker in the twenty-first century.

Developing Global Literacy and Competence in Youth Work

Developing Global Literacy and Competence in Youth Work

Developing global literacy and competence in youth work
Momodou Sallah

Chapter Objectives

The objectives of this chapter are to:

  • enable youth workers to explore with young people the global context to personal, local and national decisions and actions (LLUK, 2008, p15);
  • introduce the concept of global youth work;
  • illustrate how youth workers and young people may acquire global literacy and competence.


We start by exploring the process of globalisation and its five faces, followed by an exploration of the variety of terminology used to label global youth work, as well as its principles and methodologies. The central questions this chapter will address are: how can youth workers effectively operate within an increasingly globalised world, and what do they need to develop global literacy ...

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