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Global education for kids (second edition)

The project continues and expands on the 'Global education in pre-schools and early school education' and 'Global education for the youngest' (co-financed under the Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in 2012 and 2013), whose results took the form of an educational package containing scenarios and additional aids (worksheets, illustrations, information materials, maps, photographs, presentations). The publication was well received by teachers. The current project, in response to the expectations of teachers and with reference to the assessment of the project in the 'Peer review of materials and measures in global education', the educational package will be expanded by 3 additional scenarios and supplemented with multimedia contents to be used with the interactive boards that are becoming more and more popular.

An important argument that speaks for the need to support formal education in global education in pre-schools and I-III grades is the fact that global education is not included in the curricula for these education stages, and therefore they are not present in handbooks nor in the training and life-long learning of teachers. At the same time, teachers exhibit high interest in this matter.

Global education for kids (second edition)

The Project will be implemented from July to December 2014 within the territory of at least 5 voivodships (Łódzkie, Mazowieckie,Śląskie and Małopolskie, Wielkopolskie, i.e. voivodships, in which the association has branch offices and a team of co-workers). The materials themselves will be available to teachers all over the country.

The objective of the project is to motivate and to improve competences of teachers in the field of global education by providing them with materials, by training them, by initiating measures through workshops for children and by enabling teachers to share experiences and support each other. In long-term, the project is intended to improve the significance of global education in formal education, to increase the awareness of its significance among teachers (and education specialists), with particular attention paid to I-III grade teachers and pre-school teachers. Due to the openness, empathy and high sensitivity of children of that age education provided during that time, based mostly on playing, experiencing and emotions, is long-lasting.

The educational package will be published and distributed among teachers during training courses and also posted. 10 trainings for teachers will be held. In 100 selected schools and pre-schools, workshops will be held to initiate school-based global education programmes. Each school registered with the project will hold 3 workshops run by educators from the Ecological Activities Centre 'Sources'. Their purpose is to embolden and motivate the teachers to introduce global education to their teaching practice. These model classes will show teachers how to speak about the countries of the South in a non-discriminatory manner and how to use individual elements of the package. Their objective is also to incur curiosity in children.

Global education for kids (second edition)

The project involved updating and adding new scenarios regarding Pakistan, Kenya and Paraguay to “Global education for kids”, and publishing 1,000 copies of the publication. It comprises a total of 14 scenarios about countries of the Global South, intended for children of kindergarten and early school age, and is supplemented with additional aids such as work sheets, pictures, informational material, maps and photographs. The publication is 200 pages long, which is 40 pages more than planned at the project design stage.

The “Źródła” Ecological Action Centre also prepared 2,000 DVDs containing materials which can be used during interactive lessons. The materials bring the everyday life of people in Global South countries closer to children to spark their interest in the presented cultures. All materials have been distributed to teachers and parents home-schooling their children, and (among others) libraries, teacher training centres, education centres and after-school clubs throughout Poland.

The centre organised 10 training sessions for teachers, which were attended by a total of 196 participants from six voivodships: Śląskie, Mazowieckie, Małopolskie, Łódzkie, Pomorskie and Wielkopolskie. The training touched upon such subjects as the significance of global interdependencies in the modern world. Having completed the training, the teachers conducted 300 workshops in global education using the educational materials provided to them during the project. The teachers also declared their interest in introducing global education issues into their daily practice.

Moreover, educators from “Źródła” conducted 300 classes in 100 kindergartens and elementary school for 1,880 children. Many of the workshops were organised in small towns and villages to increase the educational opportunities of children who have the worst access to non-formal forms of education.