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Responsible traveler - activation of adults in the field of Global Education within elements of responsible tourism

Unlike children and youth covered by formal education, Poles who are professionally active or retired are much less likely to come across global education issues. Eighty-six per cent of Poles aged over 15 have never heard of the Millennium Development Goals, while only one third of Poles older than 18 can explain what “sustainable development” stands for. The best-informed cohort are students from big academic centres, who are the target group of global education initiatives launched by NGOs. This is due to the fact that educational measures are designed to appeal to children and young people. As a result, adults pursuing professional careers or studies seldom actively seek to expand their knowledge about this field. To address this situation, an idea for an innovative project has been developed, the aim of which is to activate adults and engage them in global education schemes.

Responsible traveler - activation of adults in the field of Global Education within elements of responsible tourism

The project “Responsible traveler - activation of adults in the field of Global Education within elements of responsible tourism” will be put into action from 9 May to 31 December 2014. Its aim is to disseminate information about global education, in particular responsible tourism, which can directly impact project beneficiaries’ attitudes. To this end, the project will hold a series of meetings and workshops with people who promote respect for the principle of responsible tourism in the context of travelling to the countries of the Global South. Knowledge about responsible tourism will also be disseminated in the course of a theme picnic, and a location-based game.

The principal part of the project will be implemented at Villages of the World – the Global Education Park. More broadly, the scheme will cover the entire city of Krakow and the province of Malopolska. Some project activities are conducted through the media – in the press, on the internet and on the radio, thus giving the project a countrywide reach.

The project’s objectives are to permanently raise Polish society’s awareness of global issues, and to rally people around the cause of sustainable development. The knowledge about global education and responsible tourism is meant to shape attitudes and encourage work for global development. Taking global education as its starting point, the impact on recipients should motivate them to think and change their mind-set. This is especially the case with adults: students, people in jobs, and pensioners.

Responsible traveler - activation of adults in the field of Global Education within elements of responsible tourism

The project allowed the renovation and modernisation of a teepee, igloo and yurt in the Global Education Park – Villages of the World. Moreover, information boards describing the exhibits located in cottages and providing information on responsible tourism were fixed. Adaptation of a spacious room for a workshop room made it possible for the visitors to enjoy educational classes all year long. Until now, it was impossible due to the lack of a closed room which could accommodate the classes during winter or bad weather. The room has been equipped with devices for film and photo presentation for the meetings.

As a part of the project, 11 articles and press releases were published on websites about travelling. Five thematic programmes were broadcasted in the KRK Kraków Radio and radio Plus, and two texts were published in national press and regional press in Małopolskie: “Z misjonarzami dookoła świata” [“Around the world with missionaries”] and “Wioski z Sudanu” [“Villages from Sudan”]. Moreover, 1,000 posters and 1,000 leaflets were distributed. The Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service also promoted the project on the websites of the Global Education Park – Villages of the World on Facebook and on http://wioskiswiata.org/. The promotional activities undertaken in relation to the Global Education Park made it possible for about 500,000 recipients to become familiar with the idea of the project, and more than 4,500 people visited the Park within seven months.

The educational offer of the Villages of the World was extended to reach persons not covered by non-formal education. As a part of this activity, a picnic was organised under the title “W jeden dzień dookoła świata” [“Around the World in One Day”]. Picnic participants could learn about what the Villages of the World has to offer by taking part in workshops, visiting the Park and enjoying a field game called “Traveller”. The picnic was attended by about 500 people who were given the opportunity to perform with an African music band, have their faces painted, construct an igloo, milk a yak and have a barbecue.

The “Traveller” game is targeted at adults, parents with children and young people visiting the Park on their own. At the entrance, the visitors got their “Traveller’s Passports” which encouraged them to look for specific information on the Global South countries and responsible tourism. The “Passport” is both a keepsake from their visit to the Villages of the World and a handy source of information on the principles of responsible tourism.

The Villages of the World hosted 13 meetings and workshops with the participation of (among others) experienced journalists, travellers and volunteers from the Salesian Missionary Voluntary Service Youth for the World. The cycle of meetings with travellers entitled “Wielkie Wyprawy” [“Great Expeditions”] lasted from mid-July until mid-December and covered such topics as “Bliski Wschód: szlakiem krucjat, meczetów i ropy naftowej” [“Middle East: on the trail of crusades, mosques and oil”], “To, co cenniejsze niż złoto Inków” [“What is more valuable than the gold of the Incas”] and “Ghana, Etiopia, Liberia – jedna Afryka” [“Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia – one Africa?”]. The meetings were attended by a total of 700 people. The aim of the workshops was to fight the stereotypical attitude of Poles towards other cultures.