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Globally - locally - actively. Support for the development of non-formal global education in public libraries

The second module of the projects continues and supplements its first part, which was carried out in 2014. The project aims to activate the librarians and to involve them in global education activities. The project takes into account the specifics of the work of librarians.

The librarians have a wide spectrum of means in the framework of informal education. They can work with children and the youth in the long term, eg. making use of the project method or other activating learning systems, because their classes can be flexibly adapted to the perception of the participants. Thanks to flexible working methods can provide valuable support for formal education.

Globally - locally - actively. Support for the development of non-formal global education in public libraries

Librarians from all over the country and participants of workshops conducted in 2014 were invited to take part in the training. Invitations were sent directly to provincial public libraries in the whole country. To qualify those interested had to fill in an entry form with questions about their knowledge, skills, activities, and motivation to attend the workshops. 16 participants from different parts of the country were chosen from among the submitted candidatures. The workshops were concerned with global education issues and coaching skills. The participants were also presented with a set of educational materials they are likely to find helpful in their future classes. A total of 102 hours of training were given at the Provincial Public Library in Krakow, in March, April, June, September, and December 2015. To translate theory into practice, the participants were asked to create their own lesson plans and set up educational initiatives such as events in libraries as part of Global Education Week – TEG 2015. The events were addressed to primary school students in the region and their families, who were also invited to join in. TEG 2015 events were organised by librarians with support from and under the guidance of the project’s curators. A total of 15 educational initiatives were organised. According to the organisers’ estimates approximately 900 people took part in TEG 2015 events, with the number of the project’s indirect beneficiaries being put at as many as 12,900.

Another part of the project involved workshops for 388 primary school students. The workshops covered issues of broadly defined global education, and were hosted by libraries whose staff had benefitted from the project, both the 2015 module, and the first module from 2014. A total of 84 hours of workshops were run, touching on such issues as global interdependencies, global problems (e.g. overconsumption), and water supply. In terms of the covered topics and content, the workshops were adjusted to the age and knowledge of participants. The workshops were of a practical character, encouraging students to learn and exercise together, and used educational materials such as comic books, photographs, and films.

The project included a dedicated website with educational materials and latest news about global education.

The project‘s main achievement was to set up centres of non-formal education at public libraries. The long-term result was to prepare librarians and children to live in a world of global interdependencies, and to nurture the ability of responding to the ever-changing challenges.