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Globally-Locally-Responsible. Educational activities

Evaluations carried out during the project’s previous editions (in 2011, 2012, and 2013) suggest that the core school curriculum is not enough to make young people aware of global interdependencies. Evaluation reports show the need for direct and regular activities to mobilise teachers and young people to engage in global education.

There is little public awareness of the interconnectedness of cultural, environmental, economic, social, political, and technological systems not just among young people, but also among teachers. Global education can be a permanent element of the education system becoming an integral part of civic education and formation through regular training activities and by caring for the high quality of this education.

Despite being present in the core curriculum, global education is not implemented effectively. The core curriculum comprises a wide spectrum of academic knowledge, which teachers are tasked with instilling in students. This form of education does not, however, translate into skills that students could use to become responsible consumers conscious of global interdependencies. This is due to the fact that, among others, there are no adequate teaching aids and ideas on how to apply this knowledge (educational projects) to school education or the local community. The low quality of global education taught at schools is often not the fault of teachers, but rather the lack of proper teacher training and educational aids.

Globally-Locally-Responsible. Educational activities

The Project’s overall aim is to prepare students to face challenges posed by today’s world, in which global interdependencies are of key importance. In order to achieve that goal and make the public aware of how important it is to understand the fast changing world and global processes, the project will comprise three types of teacher trainings adapted to the different levels of knowledge of its participants, workshops for lower and upper secondary school students, and workshops for primary school children. The Global Education Week 2014 will include the organisation of virtual events using the social media. Thanks to thus planned activities, the project’s participants will be become more conscious, in a permanent and regular way, of the importance of global interdependencies in an ever-changing world and of the interconnectedness of its cultural, environmental and political systems.

Globally-Locally-Responsible. Educational activities

Foundation of Christian Culture SIGN (pol. Fundacja Kultury Chrześcijańskiej ZNAK) organized workshops Incubator for Local Leaders of Global Education for 12 most active teachers, who finished the training on lower levels of advancement. Trainings concerned predominantly, using active workshop methods, such as work in groups, simulations, brain storms, forum of exchanging experiences, as well as preparing the beneficiaries to carrying out global education classes independently. The main training materials were publications “Globally – Responsibly. Materials for teachers”, comic book for youths “Globally – Responsibly” and “Human rights in global education – sources, knowledge, practice”, which are available on website www.etyczne.pl. The training comprised, inter alia, issues of conflicts in Ukraine and in north Iraq, matters of responsible consumption, Global South and script’s workshops.

On 17-19 October and 16-18 November 2014 in Cracow, 34 teachers were trained on global education on an advanced level. On a basic level three rounds of trainings for 54 people were organized on 10-12 October 2014, 24-26 October 2014 and 7-9 November 2014. All the trainings were based on active methods of work and multimedia materials.

The direct beneficiaries of the project were also students, for whom 20 workshops were carried out. 429 students from primary and secondary schools took part in them, and gained knowledge about, inter alia, the division on Global South and North, the issues of water, Human Development Index (HDI) and sustainable development. On 25 November 2014, 2 workshops for 71 students were carried out in pre-school branch, which purpose was to raise awareness of children as consumers and sketch the global connections that are caused by open market.  

Whereas within the scope of Global Education Week, the Foundation prepared short online quiz “Do you know what you are going to eat tomorrow? Not everyone in the world are certain about their everyday meal” (www.etyczne.pl/quiz14) containing of questions on, inter alia, wasting food and problem of hunger in the world. At least 1200 people took the quiz.