Global Issues - Global Subjects
In response to the need to raise awareness on global education (GE) problems among teachers, the Centre for Citizenship Education (CCE) Foundation created a project for training teachers on these topics. According to a 2013 CCE report called “Global education in Polish schools: Report on surveys among teachers of the 3rd education stage,” teachers have little experience in the field of GE. Some 23.5% of those polled said they would be prepared to take part this training, and 30.5% admitted that they had not come across the notion of global education before. Among those who had encountered it, one out of every three teachers understood global education to mean something different from the accepted definition. It was observed that there is a need for intensification of information campaigns concerning the GE concept aimed at teachers of other subjects besides Social Studies and History (teachers of these subjects showed the greatest knowledge regarding GE ideas). The inclusion of GE ideas in school curricula is still something new. The Foundation’s project is a guideline for teachers to successively introduce elements of global education in their lessons based on new tools and showing a comprehensive approach to the topic. The project is just one part of an international undertaking. It will be implemented simultaneously in Poland, England, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Slovenia, Scotland, Slovakia, Hungary and Italy.
The aim of the project is to include the Sustainable Development Goals in the daily work of teachers. This will make it possible to integrate the content matter of the core curriculum and the proposed material in the course of activities.
Global Issues - Global Subjects
The project is aimed at primary school teachers from grades 4 to 8 (teaching, among other things, Geography, Religion and Ethics) and school directors. Activities will also be aimed at teaching consultants, representatives of educational institutions and publishing houses. Participants will include both individuals with GE experience in schools as well as individuals who have had no contact with these matters.
The activities proposed by the project will be carried out in and around Warsaw, as well as in other cities, according to need. There will be meetings to publicise the results of the initiative, combined with classroom training sessions. The mobility of the project will ensure the participation of the highest number of teachers.
The individual steps were divided into three modules that are closely connected with each other and form a cohesive whole. In the beginning, the attitudes of teachers to global education matters will be examined and pilot educational material will be prepared on issues concerning Sustainable Development Goals and global education. Successive modules will include the organisation of a seminar for representatives of educational institutions (including representatives of entities that train future teachers and up-skill existing teachers), preparation of blended learning courses for Geography and Religion/Ethics teachers, further training for teaching staff, promotion of the concept of global education and publication of information material.