Change your habits for good.
The subject of electronics and clothes is, of course, attractive for young people. At the same time, it illustrates well the problem of the violation of human rights and environmental degradation in the globalised supply chain of the garment and electronic industry.
The global market is dominated by large corporations whose commercial success would not have been possible without moving the majority of production to less developed nations where wages and labour standards are lower. More than 60% of the world’s production of clothes takes place in Asia, while some global electronic brands manufacture as much as 95% of their products in this region. More than 150 million workers are hired for this production, and their rights are continuously violated (starvation wages, excessively long working hours, lack of social security, denied trade union rights, forced labour). In addition, production is accompanied by devastation of the natural environment both during extraction/cultivation of raw materials and during production in factories, where harmful chemical substances are used that contaminate the soil and the groundwater.
Change your habits for good.
The project will be implemented from 4 May to 31 December 2015 by the Alliance of Associations Polish Green Network (PAA). It is aimed at teachers (about 150 people) and students (about 300 people) from seven schools from the Slaskie and Malopolskie voivodeships with which cooperation was established under a venture commenced in 2013. Through a number of measures (involving methodology and activation) aimed at both groups, there will be further implementation and reinforcement of results of the methods worked out in recent years: peer-to-peer learning and peer learning.
Within the project, more than 150 teachers will learn about topics dealing with responsible consumption in the context of the electronic and garment industries through a symposium and workshops for teachers.
Students of the third and fourth educational stage, i.e. middle-school and secondary-school students, respectively, will also be made aware of the developmental problems in the context of two groups of consumer goods so popular among young people: electronics and clothes. Not only will they expand their knowledge about global dependencies, but they will also improve their competencies in maintaining a sustainable lifestyle, becoming future ambassadors for changes. This will be enhanced with the creation of a working group of students as well as student campaigns in the schools involved in the project (addressed not only to students, but also to the local community). These will be preceded by support for the students provided in the form of special workshops. The students will also be responsible for the organisation of conferences for their peers. As part of the project, a package of educational materials will be prepared. As in the case of the campaign film, more than 80,000 recipients associated with PAA will be reached.
Teachers are the key project recipients and multipliers due to their ability to transfer knowledge to a large number of students, not only in the course of project implementation but also following its completion. By creating a working group with other recruited teachers and training their fellow workers who had no earlier contact with global education, they increase involvement and the likelihood of global education becoming a permanent element of lessons at the third and fourth educational stage. Moreover, by presenting the results of their work during the symposium, they will serve as an example and inspiration for other invited teachers. The students, in turn, by experiencing global education during various subjects taught in their school and taking part in the campaign workshops, will become involved in organising student campaigns and a Global Education Week.
The project will be implemented in Poland. The main actions will be concentrated in schools in the Slaskie and Malopolskie voivodeships that have been involved in the project since 2013:
- Adam Mickiewicz Secondary School No. 3 in Katowice
- School and Preschool Complex No. 2 in Jaworzno
- Prof. Józef Tischner Middle School No. 2 in Zakopane
- Maria Konopnicka Middle School No. 16 in Sosnowiec
- Boleslaw Prus Trade School Complex in Katowice
- John Paul Middle School No. 2 in Chorzow
- Culinary School Complex in Krakow
The measures of the project will encompass not only the schools in which the project is being implemented but also the local environment (student campaigns). In addition, the project will be directly promoted among other teachers and students in the voivodeships, thanks to the training for teachers.
Change your habits for good.
The project was implemented in Poland, mainly in the Slaskie and Malopolskie voivodeships, from 4 May to 31 December 2015.
In the methodology component, involving vocational training and activation of teachers, three meetings of teachers’ working groups were held, which were attended by a total of seven teachers; a symposium devoted to the quality of global education in Poland, organised in Krakow on 9 November, attended by 36 people, including 28 teachers and representatives of educational institutions, with each participant receiving a package of materials prepared by experts and a certificate of participation; six workshops were conducted for teachers (where five had been planned), which were attended by 139 people.
The activating component, addressed to school students, comprised eight workshops which apart from introducing global education topics, were to develop skills needed by students to share knowledge with their peers. Each workshop lasted about 3-4 lesson hours and consisted of three parts: the introductory, workshop and conceptual part. The workshops were held in seven schools of the Silesian and Malopolskie Voivodeships, where two workshop groups were organised in Maria Konopnicka Middle School No 16 in Sosnowiec, attended by 152 students. In student campaigns related to the European Year for Development, ten different events were organised, with the involvement of 2,300 people. It is estimated that the measures taken under these campaigns, such as e.g. a happening in front of a shopping centre, a swap party where items were exchanged, or the promotion of ecology and responsible consumption during fairs and school picnics, reached about 3,500 people. In preparation for the student conference Our World – Our Work – Our Dignity, held at the Youth Palace in Katowice on 28 October, two meetings of the student working group were organised. During the Global Education Week, on 18 November the 4th edition of the Fair Train urban game was held, involving more than 300 students from 36 schools. The project also included the preparation of a package of material for students, entitled Pass It On! Manual for students on how to change the world, promoting educational peer-to-peer activities.