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Development Education - 2010. Regranting

Between 1 July and 31 December, the Education for Democracy Foundation carried out a project to provide NGOs with grants of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for global education activities. These were mostly organisations and other entities from smaller towns and rural areas. The recruitment process involved filing applications via non-governmental electronic media and by email.

Project goals involved: providing financial support for the activities of NGOs engaged in development education projects (by a grant competition); providing substantive support for the activities of entities engaged in development education activities by training representatives of the organisations concerned in both development education and methods for its implementation; disseminating education development information (by conducting training and briefings which prepared applicants for filing grant applications, by promoting the grant competition and publications to be released as a result of projects that received grants).

The grant competition was an essential element of the project. Applicants filed 186 applications concerning three groups of educational projects, i.e.: editorial, training and outreach projects. The selection board selected 23 projects for funding and placed 3 more projects on a reserve list (thanks to the savings made, it was possible to fund one of the reserve projects).        

As part of the training component, an open call for organisations interested in starting development and global education activity was carried out. Out of 22 applications for participation in training, 18 people were selected. Two training sessions were held for this group: the first one was e-learning training held between 16 July and 4 August (completed by 16 people), while the second one - class-room training held in Bialobrzegi on 11-13 August 2010 (attended by 13 people). The training component's participants could apply for small grants (up to PLN 8 thousand) for development and global education projects. There were 10 organisations which did so.

All the activities performed thanks to the funding obtained (training, meetings, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings) involved nearly 12 thousand people. The projects completed contributed to improving the participants' knowledge of development problems and establishing new partnerships between NGOs, schools and other entities. This cooperation may bring further development education activities or other activities in the future.