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Responsible traveler – popularization of Global Education and promotion of engagement in Development Aid among wide audience continuation

Ninety percent of adult Poles have never heard about the Millennium Development Goals; the same number of respondents put the number of countries that are less developed than Poland at two times less than what it actually is; only 24% of those surveyed had contact with information about development aid in the course of the preceding two or three months.

These are the conclusions of surveys commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Unlike children and young people covered by formal education, Poles who are professionally active or at a retirement age have little opportunity to hear about such issues. This is due to the fact that most global education activities target children and young people, with NGOs and students also playing a role in this regard recently. Consequently, there is less on offer for older generations. In this situation, professionally active adults are less likely to take the initiative and learn more.

Responsible traveler – popularization of Global Education and promotion of engagement in Development Aid among wide audience continuation

The current initiative, pursued between July and December 2015, builds on experiences from the previous editions of the project, which was very popular with the addresses. The project aims to raise the awareness of global problems among a wide audience of all ages, and thus mobilise them to become more involved in development aid. To achieve this, a series of meetings is planned with travellers and producers of films about development, a series of workshops is scheduled for families, and an educational picnic will take place. Moreover, the programme of Global Education Week features workshops on the aims and forms of development aid, as well as on the possibilities of becoming involved.

Project activities mostly take place at the Global Education Park – Villages of the World. In a wider context the project involves the city of Krakow and the province of Malopolska. The overarching aim is to make sure wide circles of Polish society become more familiar with development, and more engaged in development aid in the long run. It is important that, as part of his or her civic knowledge, every educated citizen should be acquainted with development issues, including the role of development aid provided by European countries and Poland’s contribution to these activities. According to the principles of global education, it is necessary to shape attitudes and motivate adults to act for the sake of global development through participating in particular initiatives supporting development aid.

Responsible traveler – popularization of Global Education and promotion of engagement in Development Aid among wide audience continuation

The project was run between 8 July and 31 December 2015 by the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service – Youth for the World.

The project included “Great Expeditions,” a series of 10 meetings with travellers and filmmakers who talked about broadly defined global challenges and interdependencies.

Below is the schedule of meetings:

  1. Anna Nowicka. South Sudan: Taste of Freedom. 8 August (30 participants)
  2. Michał Król. Egypt: How to be a Copt. 22 August (35 participants)
  3. Wojciech Mucha. Ukraine: Soil and blood. About Ukrainian revolution. 12 September (40 participants)
  4. Katarzyna Dąbkowska. Africa: Between the worlds – a journey to the world of the modern Inuit. 26 September (50 participants)
  5. Agnieszka Cebula. Peru: In the footsteps of Poles in South America – film stories. 10 October (45 participants)
  6.  Andrzej Pietrzyk. Peru: At the crossroads of four worlds. 24 October (50 participants)
  7. Maciej Syka. Film screening: “The Human Experience”. 7 November (140 participants)
  8. Maciej Kołodziejczyk. USA: Around the Grand Canyon and Sierra Nevada. 28 November (60 participants)
  9. Marta Burza. India: By rickshaw in sari to classes or how schools operate without a clock. 5 December (60 participants)
  10. Michał Król. Iraq, Syria: Insha Allah – Martyrs’ blood. 12 December (70 participants)

The infrastructure modernisation of the Global Education Park – Villages of the World included: replacement of the Mongolian yurt’s cover, replacement of large-format igloo puzzles, purchase of little tables and chairs for children’s workshops, update of information boards. Moreover, five workshop plans were created for the “Great Expedition with Misyjek” series. The linchpin of the series of meetings was Misyjek – a character introducing children and their parents to the problems of inhabitants of particular continents. Designed in 2012, the figure’s graphics was enhanced for the purposes of the project. The workshops’ programme envisaged one continent discussed in one month (August – Africa: 2 workshops, September – the Arctic: 2 workshops, October – South America: 2 workshops, November – North America: 2 workshops, December – Asia: 2 workshops). During the ‘journey’ participants learned whom and how we can help, and what mutual benefits result from helping the inhabitants of faraway parts of the world.

On 30 August, the Park hosted a Global Education Picnic. The 4-hour event comprised:

  • Thematic workshops run by the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service:
    • Lessons of Twi, one of the most common languages in Ghana
    • Archery lessons
    • Drum lessons
    • “Discovering Inuit customs” workshop
  • Interactive guided tours – each participant of the Picnic had a chance to explore all cabanas and experience new interactive Park attractions
  • Field and simulator games for children to show them what problems are faced by their peers from other continents
    • “Path of a Responsible Traveller” field game
    • “Bolivian way to school” large-format game
  • Interactive concert by the “New Day” band. The band’s songs are inspired by African music and culture.

On 21 November, Global Education Week was rounded off with workshops related to the European Year for Development. Through games and quizzes participants of the workshops could find out what is the difference between NGOs and voluntary organisations, who is a beneficiary and who is a donor, what are Sustainable Development Goals, and where the name Global South Countries comes from. Each group taking part in the classes was asked to create their own non-governmental organisation with a charter and logo, and then try to solve a specific problem, such as malnutrition suffered by children in South Sudan or lack of qualified teaching staff in Papua New Guinea.