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Globally - locally - actively. Support for the development of non-formal global education in public libraries

Nowadays, libraries are actively engaged in carrying out educational tasks. So far, no programme has been developed specifically for librarians who want to implement global education. Except for projects addressed to the general public, in which they can take part together with other participants, there are no initiatives designed specifically for this professional group.

The project aims to activate the librarians and to involve them in global education activities. The librarians have a wide spectrum of means in the framework of informal education. Thanks to flexible working methods can provide valuable support for formal education.

Librarians can benefit from a wide variety of options provided by non-formal education. They can engage in long-term work with children and young people through projects or other active-learning systems, since their classes can be adjusted to accommodate the participants’ needs. They are not bound by the core curriculum or 45-minute lessons and their classes can offer added value to formal education.

Globally - locally - actively. Support for the development of non-formal global education in public libraries

The project is addressed to librarians who organise educational activities in public libraries as part of their regular activity, and to primary school pupils who participate in library classes. It will be carried out throughout the country, from 15 May to 31 December 2014.

The project foresees the organisation of basic and ongoing trainings for librarians. The basic trainings are aimed at helping librarians carry out global education activities, while the ongoing trainings―at creating local non-formal education centres in public libraries. Each participant shall run global education classes during the Global Education Week.

Workshops for primary school pupils will also be organised. They will be aimed at familiarising children with the concept of global education, arousing their empathy and sensitising them to global interdependencies. Two supporting publications will be prepared under the project: a guidebook for librarians, and a comic book for children.

Grants value ammounted to 114 775 pln in 2014 and 114 760 in 2015, the valu of the project reached 129 515 pln in 2014 and 134 142 in 2015.

Globally - locally - actively. Support for the development of non-formal global education in public libraries

Within the scope of the project 3 three-days trainings were organized for librarians from whole the country, which were carried out on 15-17 September, 13-15 October and 3-5 November in District Public Library in Cracow. In total 54 people took part in trainings. Workshops participants could learn the independent way of carrying out classes on global education to make them attractive for children. Educational materials are available in Polish on a website.

All participants of the trainings were obliged to create an undertaking within the scope of Global Education Week 2014, for the benefit of promoting issues concerning global education, in the institute in which they work. Beneficiaries had the possibility to consult the projects with content-related consultant. Participants carried out 67 initiatives in Poland, in which approx. 1 000 people participated. Some of them have organized more than one initiative. The initiatives comprised various actions, inter alia city games, exhibitions and classes for students and seniors.

Within the framework of the projects, two publications were created: textbook for librarians and educational comic book. Publication for librarians consists of educational materials in two parts: theoretical, in which the most important issues of global education are described, and practical, comprising scripts of educational classes, as well as simulation game created for the purpose of the project, which forms proper consumer attitudes and concerns everyday choices made by children. The second publication was an educational comic book, in which the problems of development in the world were depicted as a one day of child’s life from waking up to falling asleep. The project implementers published 2 000 copies of both publications in total, which were distributed to training’s participants and sent to public libraries in Poland.

The project implementers also carried out 22 workshops for 432 students of primary schools in libraries, where beneficiaries of the project work, and in public libraries in the area of Małopolskie district. During each of the workshops, 2 trainers talked about global correlations, the division of the world on Global North and South, the problems with water and responsible consumption. The interest and engagement of the students was excited by using active methods of work and showing film materials.

Thanks to the project the knowledge of beneficiaries about functioning of today’s world and global correlations has raised. The trainings and educational materials, created within the framework of the project, will help to develop the learning of global education in Poland in the form of out-of-school education.

In the following year librarians from all over the country and participants of workshops conducted in 2014 were invited to take part in the training. Invitations were sent directly to provincial public libraries in the whole country. To qualify those interested had to fill in an entry form with questions about their knowledge, skills, activities, and motivation to attend the workshops. 16 participants from different parts of the country were chosen from among the submitted candidatures. The workshops were concerned with global education issues and coaching skills. The participants were also presented with a set of educational materials they are likely to find helpful in their future classes. A total of 102 hours of training were given at the Provincial Public Library in Krakow, in March, April, June, September, and December 2015. To translate theory into practice, the participants were asked to create their own lesson plans and set up educational initiatives such as events in libraries as part of Global Education Week – TEG 2015. The events were addressed to primary school students in the region and their families, who were also invited to join in. TEG 2015 events were organised by librarians with support from and under the guidance of the project’s curators. A total of 15 educational initiatives were organised. According to the organisers’ estimates approximately 900 people took part in TEG 2015 events, with the number of the project’s indirect beneficiaries being put at as many as 12,900.

Another part of the project involved workshops for 388 primary school students. The workshops covered issues of broadly defined global education, and were hosted by libraries whose staff had benefitted from the project, both the 2015 module, and the first module from 2014. A total of 84 hours of workshops were run, touching on such issues as global interdependencies, global problems (e.g. overconsumption), and water supply. In terms of the covered topics and content, the workshops were adjusted to the age and knowledge of participants. The workshops were of a practical character, encouraging students to learn and exercise together, and used educational materials such as comic books, photographs, and films.

The project included a dedicated website with educational materials and latest news about global education.

The project‘s main achievement was to set up centres of non-formal education at public libraries. The long-term result was to prepare librarians and children to live in a world of global interdependencies, and to nurture the ability of responding to the ever-changing challenges.