Polska pomoc

 

Stories to understand, understanding for the change. Storyteling and new media in global education.

The project was carried out in Poland, in the Mazovian voivodship, in towns of up to 40 thousand residents and up 100 kilometres away from Warsaw. The project implementation area was chosen on account of the need for more frequent contact with schools and effective use of financial resources.

The project’s direct addressees were teachers from 20 middle and high school participating in the project, while students and local communities were its indirect beneficiaries.

The reason for implementing this project was the need to discuss the escalating humanitarian crises with students, whose consequences are having more and more immediate impact on the social and political situation in countries of Europe, Poland included. It is also vital to shape attitudes of tolerance, respect, and empathy towards victims of humanitarian crises, and to consolidate topics of global education in the core curriculum and to propose engaging and attractive methods of teaching to teachers and the youth.

Several schools that participated in the project had previously worked with the Polish Humanitarian Action, carrying out campaigns and different educational actions.

Stories to understand, understanding for the change. Storyteling and new media in global education.

The project was carried out between 1 July and 31 December 2015 in 15 towns and cities of the Mazovian Voivodship: Warsaw, Wyszkow, Siedlce, Minsk Mazowiecki, Trabki, Piastow, Piaseczno, Grojec, Konstancin, Plock, Nowa Sucha, Legionowo, Kobylka, Golymin-Osrodek, and Ciechanow.

The Polish Humanitarian Action, an NGO aiming to organise and provide humanitarian and development aid, was the project’s author. PHA has been providing educational activities for children, youth, and teachers for 22 years now.

The project addressed the need to provide educational methods that would be engaging and attractive for young people, such as field games, simulations, storytelling, and social media, and to broaden the topics of global education during subject lessons.

The main aim of the project was to make teachers and students aware of the reality of the Global South countries that experience long-term humanitarian crises (mainly man-made), their impact on individuals, whole societies, and the world, as well as to stimulate participants of the project to take action in this field. The project was also aimed at developing addressees’ empathy, specific skills, as well as ability to use new technologies and social media in the field of global education.

The project’s beneficiaries were teachers and students from 20 middle and high schools of the Mazovian Voivodship.

Stories to understand, understanding for the change. Storyteling and new media in global education.

The project activities were carried out between 20 July and 31 December 2015. As part of the project, 40 teachers and 339 students broadened their knowledge of humanitarian crises, their consequences, and humanitarian aid. Four-day training for 40 teachers was held. Six Polish Humanitarian Action instructors conducted 20 six-hour-long workshops for 302 students. During the Global Education Week, an educational event organised by the Polish Humanitarian Action took place in Warsaw and was attended by 64 participants. In 20 schools “Play out aid” game was organised, with the participation of approximately 535 students. 20 schools conducted various additional actions for a total of 6,590 addressees. As part of the project, three videoconferences with humanitarian workers and two meetings with an Afghan refugee for 341 students from nine schools took place. Teachers conducted lessons on the project subject for approximately 2,000 students.

Also educational materials were created: “Play out aid” interactive game (www.pah.org.pl/rozegrajpomoc), in which one impersonates a humanitarian worker, and “Humanitarian crises and humanitarian aid in a nutshell” publication consisting of 16 photo cards with extensive descriptions, five posters and brochures with lessons scripts. The press run that was sent to schools and other institutions across Poland amounted to 400 pieces. Information about the possibility to download publications from www.pah.org.pl website was sent to 24,994 schools. Additionally, students prepared 30 digital stories. Best films were published on PAH_org YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQw3A7NAs1o&list=PLbOt8TlBhUxP_PvIWwj5QGqredN7kBiwv. As part of the project, a Facebook fan-page #szkolahumanitarna (https://pl-pl.facebook.com/SzkolaHumanitarna/) was created. At least 102 pieces of information about the project were published online on websites and social networks of schools and the Polish Humanitarian Action. According to the data collected, the project reached approximately 379 people directly and 19,970 indirectly.