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Where the worlds meet – Centre of Global Eduaction in Poznań

The project "Where the worlds meet – Centre of Global Eduaction in Poznań" is carried out in Poznan, where the One World Association has its headquarters since 1994, and in Turek (in cooperation with the J. Mehoffer’s Museum of the City of Turek and weekly journal ‘Echo Turku’).

Previous experience and results of the evaluation of completed projects became the starting point for planning activities in 2014. In Poland a growing aversion to everything that is different, unfamiliar or unknown can be observed. Opinions on global issues are shaped mainly by the mass media which represent only a fragment of reality and do not encourage independent, critical thinking. It is common that stereotypical perception of the countries of the Global South is limited to an observation that they need help. The project’s activities reach beyond the Eurocentric perspective, take into account global interdependences, refer to current challenges of development in the Global South and the North. Situation and potential of the countries of the Global South, including their contribution to creating innovative and effective solutions to today's global problems, will be presented.

The project is directed to a wide range of audience: children, youth, parents, teachers, students, NGO workers.

Where the worlds meet – Centre of Global Eduaction in Poznań

The project is carried out by One World Association from May to December 2014. The project partners are: Polish Theatre in Poznan, J. Mehoffer’s Museum of the City of Turek and weekly journal ‘Echo Turku’. Experts from Mexico, Laos and Brazil will participate in the project.

The overall objective of the project is to break stereotypes about the relationship between the Global North and South and to raise awareness of the general public on global interdependence and encourage them to become personally involved in efforts to solve global problems.

Specific targets:

  1. Draw the attention of general public in Poznan and Turek to global challenges and interdependences.
  2. Dissemination of stereotype-free image of countries of the Global South and the idea of development cooperation, based on equality and shared responsibility in the Global South and the North.
  3. Improving skills of teachers and people working with children and youth in non-formal education in the field of innovative approach to global education.
  4. Dissemination of innovative educational tools of global education.

The beneficiaries of the project will be the inhabitants of Poznan and Turek, 270 children and 40 parents will take part in educational programs, 400 people (children, youth and adults) will participate in narrative and musical performances, 340 people (young people, students, teachers, employees and volunteers of NGOs) will participate in meetings, lectures and film screenings related to the Global Education Week, 96 teachers and people working with children and youth in non-formal education will participate in training courses.

Where the worlds meet – Centre of Global Eduaction in Poznań

The purpose of „On the border of the worlds – the Centre for Global Education in Poznan” project was to promote knowledge about modern challenges and global co-independence, which were presented in various forms and aimed at wide audience – children, youth and adults. In every project action experts from Global South countries, Mexico and Laos,  were directly engaged and project was carried out from September to December 2014.

“One world” Association organized 40 educational workshops, in which 447 children took part. They learned about development, human rights, development cooperation, access to education, peace and solidarity. During the classes, children had created artistic pieces using recycling materials, and had listened to stories from Global South countries.

Another project action, in which people were more interested than it was expected, were narrative and musical workshops organized in Polish Theatre in Poznan. 820 participants learned about the innovative methods of solving various social problems. All these methods were created and have been implemented in Mexico, Brazil and Laos. During 12 meetings, audience had listened to stories, traditional Aztec and Mayan legends, Arab tales, as well as forgotten Polish stories. Shows were divided into those destined for every listener, for example “Parrot tales” or “Words and sounds: on the border of the worlds”, and those focused at adults – “Women – Mujeres, based on Eduardo Galeano works”. In all workshops 820 people participated in total, and the entrance was free.

Important project events were 9 open meetings and 2 lectures, where experts from Mexico, Laos and Netherlands broke the stereotypical society’s thinking about development assistance and Global South, as an one-way transfer of knowledge and assets. They discussed, inter alia, topics of monitoring the city’s budgets as a form of challenging the citizens, educational programs promoting literature, and reading and telling stories as an instrument in Global Education. During the meetings 6 short films were shot, which are available on websites:

  1. Daniel Gallo – Mexico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkwuDAOHLHc
  2. Gala – Mexico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7R5KFcdCvU
  3. Marconio – Mexico: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0LB6ie5ank&spfreload=10
  4. The Festival of Tales: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0h8zul_94Q
  5. Innovations in education, PADETC – Laos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9Jd-2YKGxw
  6. Citizen’s budget monitoring:  https://vimeo.com/113226916

As part of the Global Education Week in Poznań, people have seen three films consisting of 16 documentaries about methods developed in the Global South. Watched by 440 people.

As a part of the project 6 courses and 1 workshop for teachers, people working with children and youth in outside school education and volunteers of NGOs, which had to help to identify the participants of innovative working methods in Global Education. Ninety-one people took part in the events, and the knowledge they had gained can be passed to younger generations.

For the purpose of promoting Global Education issues 6 publications were prepared – 2 books “Mun and Paki” and “Kiliwa” that contain illustrations and script of classes for children, which were published in 500 copies each and sent to institutions taking part in the projects; as well as 4 electronic publications regarding innovative methods of solving specific social issues: “Promoting literature and reading in primary schools”, “On the border of the worlds – telling the story”, “Innovations in education. Programme Good School” which are available on the website https://cegpoznan.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/e-motive-innowacje-w-edukacji-cykl-publikacji/ “Citizens’ budget monitoring”, which can be found on https://cegpoznan.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/02-inesc.pdf.

All the project events were supported with wide promotion which uses promotional materials (posters and leaflets:  Workshop in Turku, posters and leaflets: shows in Turku, leaflets, stickers for children to the Stories Festival, letterhead). In addition, on the websites of the Global Education Centre in Poznan, on the blog of the Stories Festival, social networks, local media in Poznan and Turku and in the Museum of the City of Turku and the Polish Theatre in Poznan.

The project significantly contributed to promoting issues concerning Global Education. Thanks to various project actions, information on sustainable development, human rights, cooperation for development, access to education, women rights, peace and solidarity, have reached wide group of people, and participants of the organized events could hear about these issues directly from experts from Mexico and Laos.