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Global Education of children changes our world 3

Access to global education (GE) is patchy in Poland, with nursery schools not being covered by it under the reformed curriculum. There is a palpable lack of knowledge about this issue among graduates of early childhood studies; insufficient training is offered by local centres that prepare active teachers to plan and implement global education together; teachers propagating GE ideas in nurseries and local communities receive no long-term substantive or methodological support; and not enough educational materials are available for children from three to six years old. The teaching staff are not prepared to deliver an education that would go beyond the ethnocentric worldview. There is a need to work with teachers and head teachers so as to foster critical thinking, encourage a change of attitudes, and overcome stereotypes and prejudices. This also applies to parents, who are arguably the biggest influence on their children, and who have not had access to an education that would help them grasp the reasons for and consequences of global phenomena, view the world as a complex and dynamic system, and perceive the individual’s impact on global processes and the impact that global processes have on the individual.

The project aims to usher in educational change so as to prepare children, who will one day shape Poland’s civic life, for reacting to challenges and opportunities posed by cultural, environmental, economic, social, political and technological interdependencies of the modern-day world. It draws on the contractor’s experience in introducing global education to the system of formal and informal education (projects addressed to NGO employees, students of educational studies, and teachers at lower secondary school level). Evaluation of the two editions of the project (2012-2013) has shown that work with schools (teaching staff and management) can bring on systemic change: GE is integrated into the long-term working plan, while adults (families), who are so important for children, become more aware and committed. Systematic work with the teaching staff at an advanced level increases the quality of actions carried out, and builds a cooperation platform for implementing global education among schools. The distribution of educational materials and the ensuing cooperation make it possible to expand the project’s scope to include new cities.

Global Education of children changes our world 3

The project “Global Education of children changes our world 3” follows up on the activities started back in 2012 and 2013. Its key objective is to introduce this subject matter to the systemic teaching of global education in nurseries. Made up of modules and laid out for 2014 and 2015, the current edition covers nursery schools in Wroclaw, Klodzko, Krakow, Warsaw and Kalisz. The project will ultimately bring together close to 70 nursery schools from entire Poland. The first module will be put in place from 10 May to 31 December 2014, and the second one from 18 February to 31 December 2015.

The project’s aims are to spread global education in nursery schools of Wroclaw, Klodzko, Kalisz, Krakow and Warsaw in working with children and parents; to make teachers more skilled at integrating GE topics into the early childhood educational programme; and to make available and popularize high-quality global education methods at the nursery school level. Measures in 2014 and 2015 include 21 basic training programmes (lasting for 3 days each) for nursery school teachers, and 5 advanced training programmes for the nursery school teachers who took part in previous editions of the project. Moreover, around 70 nursery schools will host the Week of Global Education in November 2014 and 2015. Close to 60 GE scenarios for nursery schools will be drawn up and posted online.

Project activities have been designed to bring about the maximum multiplication effect – they are targeted at specific facilities rather than individuals who might be interested in the topic. This means that knowledge about this subject matter is automatically passed around among other people at school (other children in the groups, teachers from other groups). Project participants not only gain new knowledge, but also have to properly use it by creating their own GE scenarios and organizing the Week of Global Education in their institution. The project stems from the contractor’s long-standing cooperation with nursery schools in Lower Silesia, where specific educational facilities partner in the project, thereby bolstering its systemic dimension.

Global Education of children changes our world 3

The project covered global education training and workshops for preschool teachers. The aim of the workshops was to introduce the participants to global education, and to ways of teaching it to preschool classes. Training sessions focused on cultural diversity, ethical attitudes, the Sustainable Development Goals, shaping personal responsibility, and the impact on local and global environment. During practical workshops the participants were acquainted with lesson plans and methods of teaching through educational games.

The basic-level training took the form of 9 three-day workshops and 3 one-day evaluation meetings, and was attended by 49 teachers from preschools in Warsaw, Kalisz, and Poznan. Each teacher took part in 62 hours of training. Additionally, 3 three-day advanced-level sessions were held for 40 teachers, dealing with global education in the form of civic education, migration, refugees, and the impact on the natural environment. The workshops consisted of practical guidelines and methods of working with children aged 3 to 6, as well as creating pro-equality attitudes. Advanced-level workshops were attended by teachers from preschools in Warsaw, Wroclaw, and Klodzko, who had taken part in the 2012 – 2015 editions of the project.

The project included drafting 18 new lesson plans, and creating 5 new visuals devoted to global education. Each of the preschools participating in the project received a set of educational materials consisting of small musical instruments from different parts of the world, wooden puzzles showing Africa and Asia, a globe in the form of an inflatable ball, Putumayo world music for children, three dolls depicting children from different continents (dark-skinned, slant-eyed, and red-headed and freckled), travellers’ puzzles, a world map, and a number of books, including such titles as “Gypsy Tales”, “Chinese Tales”, “Aisaha and the snake”, “Appetite for Morocco”, “Appetite for Mexico”, “Man, you have the right”, and “Us, the people”. Preschools participating in advanced-level training also received the books entitled “Mat and the World” and “How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk”, as well as a wooden dollhouse on wheels alluding to the problem of refugees. Additionally all preschools participating in the project (a total of 60) joined in the Global Education Week (TEG) event.

Moreover, the project involved an update of the www.eduglob.solesius.org.pl website, which now features new lesson plans, visuals, and book recommendations for children. Following a promotion campaign, the website received 89,000 visits.