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The Socio-economic issues of Central Asia and the South Caucasus as the component of education of University and high school students

Between 1 September and 31 December, the Institute of Eastern Studies of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan carried out a project intended for secondary school students (approx. 500 people), who could take part in workshops on social and economic issues related to Central Asia and the South Caucasus. Ten schools ran 20 workshops taught by the previously trained students–educators, including ten workshops on the situation in Central Asia and ten on the South Caucasus. Participants were recruited through the schools’ authorities. The Poznan schools were chosen by the project coordinator and a deputy head of the Institute of Eastern Studies. Moreover, 20 students acquired the skills of a development education trainer. Project beneficiaries included teachers and other interested people, who could use education modules posted on the Institute’s website.

Project goals involved: raising the competencies among a group of students of Eastern Studies and other departments of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan with respect to conducting development education workshops on Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus for secondary school students; extending the curriculum with development education issues related to Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus for secondary school students; enabling teachers and other interested people to use new tools for conducting classes on development education by preparing ready-made education modules devoted to the impoverishment of societies in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. The modules are available at the website of the Institute of Eastern Studies of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

Project had the following results: it enabled the trained students-educators to pursue development education in other projects, as the ready-made tools of a trainer’s and educator’s work facilitate their further development education activities. As a tangible deliverable of the project, the Institute of Eastern Studies website offers 8 modules, which are available to people engaged in development education. Moreover, the 500 students that took part in the workshops acquired the intellectual potential that will make them more aware of social processes taking place in the world today.