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Global education. Leaders of education for development.

Education activities to raise awareness and understanding of global issues come as Poland’s response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. Global education comprises educational activities that are designed for Polish society and touch upon developmental issues and challenges across the world. It is part of civic and general education that deals with building awareness of the existence of global phenomena and interdependencies. Interdependencies can be understood as interconnection and interaction between cultural, environmental, economic, social, political, and technological systems.

Global education promotes values and attitudes which inspire an openness to global developmental challenges and responsibility for the world we share. It is addressed to all local and regional communities. Project activities will be aimed at better preparation of teaching staff — in both educating future teachers and professional training.

The project’s main goals involve strengthening the presence of global education at all levels of formal education, in particular through developing teaching staff and educational tools, promoting global education in school environments, and raising broad public awareness of global interdependencies.

The project is carried out with a view to firmly embedding global education in the formal education system, thus improving the knowledge among Polish teachers and students of global interdependences, with focus on developing countries in the context of core curriculum of general education.

Global education. Leaders of education for development.

The two-year “Global education. Leaders of education for development” project is addressed to the staff of teacher professional development systems, education management, and teachers and tutors at all types of establishments who pursue tasks arising from general and specific provisions of general education core curriculum (CC) that involve global education.

The project foresees the establishment of a school support network for the fulfilment of global education tasks. This country-wide network will be led by 16 regional coordinators — specialists from teacher training institutions with experience in the 2012-2015 project edition. Over the next two years, regional coordinators (one per province) will train groups of Global Education (GE) Leaders composed of 10-12 people from each region/province in each year, which will amount to a total of 256 GE Leaders in schools. The team of GE Leaders will be joined by experienced school practitioners from the previous editions of the GE project: global education enthusiasts, with remarkable achievements to their name, who are willing to share knowledge, support teachers in their development, teaching of globalisation, modern world issues, and global interdependencies.

To be officially introduced at schools, GE requires systemic actions: training staff prepared to multiply knowledge, skills, as well as social, civil, and digital competencies, all of which are vital to students’ understanding the world and responsible functioning in the global civil society. Proposed by a team of civic and global education experts, project activities and ways of teacher development (in-house training, online courses with educational material libraries and examples of good practices, etc.) will allow users to develop new teacher competencies in planning work with students, including six-year-olds.

Global education. Leaders of education for development.

The project’s goal was to upgrade the skills of school teachers, tutors, librarians, educators, and psychologists and to raise the teaching staff’s awareness of sustainable development, conscious attitudes, the environment, and global interdependencies. The project established a network of 161 Schools for Global Education Leaders, ten in each of the 16 provinces (11 in the province of Lodz), with a regional coordinator in each province.

This has led to an inter-school panel of teachers working together on selected global issues. The main purpose of the network is sharing experiences, ideas, and insights as well as collaborative problem solving, during both personal meetings and while using the project’s online platform.

In 2016, 16 courses were held for leaders from individual schools which had signed up for the project. In October, a 40-hour course was held for regional coordinators. Each of the 161 leaders held three three-hour meetings with teacher teams, which in turn led to classes on global education and numerous activities as part of the Global Education Week (14-20 November 2016).

A drawing competition was staged for primary school pupils under the theme “How do I picture developing countries after 2030.” A gamification platform was developed and tested; in 2017 it will help teachers design their own education projects. It also features additional material together with a pilot global education course for early school education teachers, developed as part of the project. The upgraded project website http://edukacjaglobalna.ore.edu.pl/pl has now the http://edukacjaglobalna.ore.edu.pl/pl/e-learning section, which offers an open course for teachers.

The project’s follow-up seminar took place on 9 December 2016 in Warsaw.

Altogether, the project’s first module was attended by 161 GE Leader Schools; 1,911 teachers of all school levels were trained in how to work with students on the subject of global education, while 348 0-3 grade teachers took part in 6-hour workshops. The revamped project website and its content attracted 1,573 users (50,149 page views).

In 2017, out of the 161 schools participating in the project the year before, 141 continued this participation. At the same time, 101 primary schools joined the project between June and September, 2017. In this way, by the end of 2017 there was a network of 242 global education institutions.

Taking the opportunity to develop professionally, 3,403 teachers participated in the training programmes in the following way:

  • 165 persons in 24-hour training sessions for coordinators and school Leaders,
  • 535 persons in one-day seminars,
  • 259 persons in 16-hour training sessions,
  • 2,440 teachers in global education teams in schools that planned project actions, courses and activities dealing with global education.

All teachers invited to the project had access to materials through online platforms, providing opportunities for self-education, online preparation of course materials or scenarios of school activities and offering experience exchange forums. In the period from September to December 2017, the moderated online workshops were completed by 470 teachers, whereas the platform materials and support of trainers-moderators served more than 2,500 teachers who were involved in the organisation of the Global Education Week (GEW) and who conducted lessons for at least 60,000 students from all over Poland.

In each of the 101 schools that joined the project in 2017, the regional coordinators organised meetings with volunteers. Between October and November, these meetings were attended by a total of 7,588 students and 548 teachers.

GEW was attended by nearly 80,000 students and nearly 3,000 teachers from all of the 242 schools forming the global education network in 2017.

Schools forming the global education network received the following educational material for work with students:

  • a global education methodological guide for teachers of primary-school grades 4-7, middle school and secondary school (2,500 copies);
  • children’s stories: Tosia Discovers Chocolate (5,000 copies);
  • children’s stories: The Adventures of Zoga (5,000 copies).

In September a competition was announced for the best educational project and scenario of classes (https://edukacjaglobalna.ore.edu.pl/pl/a/Konkurs-na-najlepszy-projekt-edukacyjny-oraz-scenariusz-zgrywalizowanej-lekcji). From among the 51 competition entries, the selection board picked out 20 finalists (the six best scenarios and 14 educational projects). From this list, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs experts recommended three winners who had presentations of the highest standard and value for global education.

Global Education School 2017 statuettes were awarded to the 16 schools most engaged in project activity, recommended by the regional coordinators (one school from each regional group). Statuettes were also awarded to 16 GE Super Leaders (recommendation of the regional coordinator) and 16 of the most active regional project coordinators in recent years.

The conference summing up the 2nd year of the project, held at the Training Centre in Sulejówek on 15 December 2017, was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the coordinators, global education trainers of the Education Development Centre, distinguished school leaders of the project and finalists of the competition for the best educational project (a total of 75 persons).