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Global education for kids (third edition)

Project of The Centre for Environmental Activities "Zrodla", being the continuation of the previous activities, is directed to nursery and early school age children and teachers. Earlier projects of similar character appeared to be successful and the interest of teachers was much over the organizational capacities of the contractor. In the first edition of trainings participated 471 teachers (with more who voiced their interest) from 11 regions, instead of planned 360. The turnout was similar in the next editions.

Next editions of the educational toolkit were distributed within several days. Toolkit, as well as the trainings themselves were assessed very well by the teachers. Toolkit was also appraised very well in the „Partner review of the publications and activities on global education”.

The aim of the project is to reach the new group of potential educators of global education: librarians, employees of the recreation rooms and animators, that work with children on everyday basis, but in the more informal way than teachers. They also have contact with more students than a teacher that usually is responsible for one group for every three years. The project is to provide them with new, not much popular in Poland didactic support – kamishibai theatre. Kamishibai (jap. kami – paper, shibai - art) is the Japanese figurative theatre that uses carton graphic and text tablets and wooden box such as paravan from the marionette theatre, in which tablets with stories are presented. Experiences of the offeror, whose trainers have worked with Kamishibai for already two years in ecological education, show that it works very well for the groups of children aged 3 to 9.

Including global education in the nursery and early school education seems important in the view of frankness, sensitivity, empathy and curiosity characteristic for children at this age. Those features make the education based mainly on fun, experience and emotions very durable. Attitudes, convictions and knowledge gained in this period of life remain in people for a long time. Texts on global education were not present in the programme basis for those educational stages, and this way this content is not included neither in the textbooks, nor in the training or development of teachers. Thanks to the cooperation with educationalists and Centres for Education Development in the project the problems of global education will be included into the education development system. Providing high level educational materials on global education will help teachers to include issues of global education in their work with children.

Global education for kids (third edition)

Project will be carried out from 15 July to 31 December 2015 by the The Centre for Environmental Activities "Zrodla". It is adressed to teachers of nursery and early-school education and the employees of the recreation rooms and animators. According to the assumptions, about 100 teachers and 150 librarians, employees of the recreation rooms and animators will take part in the project.

Trainings will be organised in cooperation with educationalists and consultants working in the Centres for Education Development. The recipients of 300 workshops will be children in nursery and early school age (about 1 800) and their parents. There is an assumption that during the realisation of the project teachers participating in the trainings will organise next 300 workshops in their educational institutions and will use the kamishibai theatres to organize the events of Global Education Week for at least 4000 people.  

The project builds on the projects “Global education in the nursery and early school teaching” and “Global education for the youngest” (I and II edition) co-finansed by the Polish Development Aid programme for the year 2012, 2013 and 2014. It resulted in the educational toolkit consisting of 14 scenarios with additional materials (operation card, illustrations, information materials, maps, photos, presentations) and educational games (board, card and computer ones).

The scenarios developed during the imlementation of these projects concerned Global South countries and were tested before publication in 5 groups of children of different age and consulted with teachers. Publication, as well as the scenarios, information and additional materials, was very well received by the teachers. All the publications are available at the website www.globalna.edu.pl

Project planned the recruitment of 100 nursery and early school groups, organisation of 6 trainings for teachers and altogether 300 workshops initiating nursery and early school global education programmes. In every group 3 workshops will be organised by the trainers of the project contactor. The aim is to bring out and motivate teachers to introduce global education to their work. Those model lessons will show teachers how to talk about Global South countries in nondiscriminatory way and how to use the elements of the toolkit. They are also to awaken children’s curiosity.

The next element will be preparation and publication of the three fairy tales to be presented in kamishibai theatre and training of the 150 librarians, employees of the recreation rooms and animators in the basis of global education, use of kamishibai theatre and didactic games in global education. In the consequence Global Education Week will be organised by the teachers in their educational institutions.

Global education for kids (third edition)

Acoording to the schedule, the project was implemented from 15 July to 31 December 2015.

Trainings for teachers took place in Cracow, Katowice, Lodz, Warsaw, Wieliczka and Gdynia. Each of those six trainings lasted for 4 didactic hours and altogether 135 teachers employed in schools located in each of the regions took part.

Trainings for animators and employees of the recreation rooms and libraries were organised in Lodz, Katowice (2 trainings), Cracow (2 trainings), Warsaw (2 trainings) and Gdansk. Each of those eights trainings lasted 4 didactic hours and altogether 154 people took part.

The total of 300 workshops for children were organised in the participating educational institutions and 2 104 children from 100 classes and nursery groups, including 22 in Silesian, 22 in Lodz, 28 in Mazovian, 22 in Małopolska and 6 in Pomeranian region took part in the project.

Furthermore, every teacher notifying the participation of the educational institution he was working in in the project, declared organisation of at least three workshops on global education with the use of given materials. Most of the teachers declared the willingness to continue those workshops also in the next semester, so after the termination of the project. Lessons in recreation rooms, libraries and schools were also organised in Global Education Week.

Three kamishibai fairy tales were created during the project. They required 17 large-format colorful illustrations. Each board has an illustration on the side visible for the audience  and the content of the story on the side visible for the story-teller. The number of sets of each fairy tale was 250. The fairy tales raise following subjects:

-     access to water in Africa - „At the other side of the moutains” by Anna Onichimowska and ilustrations by Marianna Sztyma;

-     deforestation in Poland and South America – “Why animals live in a Maciek’s apartment block” by Tomasz Trojanowski and illustrations by Agnieszka Antoniewicz;

-     access to education in Asia - “Czi-Tam school” by Joanna Mueller and illustrations by Jadwiga Słowińska.

Paperboard theatres for the presentation of the fairy tales and suitcases to carry them were bought for the project. Films with kimishibai fairy tales were also published on YouTube profile of the project’s contractor: https://youtu.be/-GnQX2GH28Ahttp://youtu.be/arh_4gtfuo8http://youtu.be/FBajiXtXt04.