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Global Education

What is global education?

The aim of global education is to explain global interdependencies, the causes of present-day problems facing the global community and the related challenges. Global education intends to familiarise societies with the situation in poorer countries and to show interdependencies between Poles and the inhabitants of developing countries. Global education should lead to personal engagement in the fight against poverty and involvement in the process of building a global society founded on the principles of solidarity, equality and cooperation.

The following definition of global education was developed in the course of an inter-sector process (a series of five meetings attended by representatives of NGOs, ministries, universities, education institutions held in 2010-2011) on global education in Poland.

Global education is part of civic education and formation. It broadens their scope by making people realise the existence of global phenomena and interdependencies. Its major goal is to prepare its addressees for the challenges facing humankind. By interdependencies, we mean mutual links and the transfer of cultural, environmental, economic, social, political and technological systems.

Present-day global challenges include:

  • ensuring peace and security in the world;
  • improving the standard of living in Global South countries;
  • human rights protection;
  • ensuring sustainable development;
  • developing partnership-based economic and social relations between the countries of the Global North and the Global South.

Global education places special emphasis on:

  • explaining the causes and consequences of described phenomena;
  • presenting the Global South’s perspective;
  • understanding the world as a complex and dynamically changing system;
  • shaping critical thinking and attitude change;
  • demonstrating the individual’s impact on global processes and global processes’ impact on the individual.

The term global education is used interchangeably with the terms development education and education for sustainable development. For clarity and unification of terminology, the signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of Global Education in Poland have agreed to use the term global education.

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Global education in Poland

On 26 May 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Education and the Zagranica Group[1] signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Development of Global Education in Poland. The Memorandum was drafted by non-governmental organisations, central and local government institutions, teachers and academic experts engaged in an inter-sector process.

Through development activities, we are trying to open the eyes and hearts of the Polish society to problems facing countries that are less developed. We want to provoke critical reflection on the situation of developing countries and the role of Poland as a much more developed country in supporting their development.

Development co-operation is based on the sense of everybody’s personal responsibility for the development of the poorest countries. Its success depends on the Polish society’s active involvement in activities supporting international development and democratization.

[1] Zagranica Group is an association of Polish non-governmental organizations involved in international development cooperation, democracy support and humanitarian aid.

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