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Global Issues - Global Subjects

In response to the need to raise awareness on global education (GE) problems among teachers, the Centre for Citizenship Education (CCE) Foundation created a project for training teachers on these topics. According to a 2013 CCE report called “Global education in Polish schools: Report on surveys among teachers of the 3rd education stage,” teachers have little experience in the field of GE. Some 23.5% of those polled said they would be prepared to take part this training, and 30.5% admitted that they had not come across the notion of global education before. Among those who had encountered it, one out of every three teachers understood global education to mean something different from the accepted definition. It was observed that there is a need for intensification of information campaigns concerning the GE concept aimed at teachers of other subjects besides Social Studies and History (teachers of these subjects showed the greatest knowledge regarding GE ideas). The inclusion of GE ideas in school curricula is still something new. The Foundation’s project is a guideline for teachers to successively introduce elements of global education in their lessons based on new tools and showing a comprehensive approach to the topic. The project is just one part of an international undertaking. It will be implemented simultaneously in Poland, England, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Slovenia, Scotland, Slovakia, Hungary and Italy.

The aim of the project is to include the Sustainable Development Goals in the daily work of teachers. This will make it possible to integrate the content matter of the core curriculum and the proposed material in the course of activities.

Global Issues - Global Subjects

The project is aimed at primary school teachers from grades 4 to 8 (teaching, among other things, Geography, Religion and Ethics) and school directors. Activities will also be aimed at teaching consultants, representatives of educational institutions and publishing houses. Participants will include both individuals with GE experience in schools as well as individuals who have had no contact with these matters.

The activities proposed by the project will be carried out in and around Warsaw, as well as in other cities, according to need. There will be meetings to publicise the results of the initiative, combined with classroom training sessions. The mobility of the project will ensure the participation of the highest number of teachers.

The individual steps were divided into three modules that are closely connected with each other and form a cohesive whole. In the beginning, the attitudes of teachers to global education matters will be examined and pilot educational material will be prepared on issues concerning Sustainable Development Goals and global education. Successive modules will include the organisation of a seminar for representatives of educational institutions (including representatives of entities that train future teachers and up-skill existing teachers), preparation of blended learning courses for Geography and Religion/Ethics teachers, further training for teaching staff, promotion of the concept of global education and publication of information material.

The grant from Polish Aid was PLN 51,726 in 2017 and PLN 86,830 in 2018, and the value of the project reached PLN 51,726 in 2017 and PLN 86,830 in 2018.

Global Issues - Global Subjects

The first module of the project was implemented in 2017. The first aim was to carry out an analysis for the needs of drawing up the concept of global education, incorporating global education issues and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into teaching in primary school. According to the study, lasting from November to December, with 930 teachers participating, it is possible to incorporate these issues in selected subjects.

Working groups developing global education materials met in November 2017 at a methodological workshop that resulted in the creation of pilot material (scenarios and exercises). The material was made available to teachers, in fulfilment of the second direct aim of the project. An online brochure was prepared, presenting the whole concept of global education and Sustainable Development Goals for subject teaching in primary school. The teachers are also informed through newsletters and other communication channels, e.g. teacher portals.

The result of the 2018 activities was the creation of effective support tools for primary school teachers (three publications and an on-line course) who plan to incorporate the issues of global education and the Sustainable Development Goals into teaching Polish and geography lessons. The developed tools and materials were disseminated among over 2,300 people involved in formal education in Poland. 

 

Developing and publishing the global education conceptions as well as incorporating its notions and the Sustainable Development Goals into school lessons constitute the direct result of the activities. Over 1,000 teachers have familiarised themselves with the concept.

The educational materials (lesson scenarios, exercise plans) prepared by teachers’ working groups served as a basis for issuing two publications for teaching Polish and geography lessons, which were used by over 1,000 teachers during their lessons in schools:

The conception of the project and accompanying materials were disseminated among a large group of people involved in education in Poland, including educators and publishers of textbooks, during events, via trade press coverage or CEO communication channels (websites, newsletters, Facebook).

Moreover, Polish and geography e-learning courses were prepared and 11 people were trained to become mentors of the 2019 courses that teachers will be asked to participate in.