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Our world - global citizenship education for children

The environment in which the project is to be implemented consists of educational institutions, mainly kindergartens and schools, as well as higher-education institutions that prepare students for work in education.

The need to implement the project results from the generation gap in access to global education (GE): children of pre-school age and adults who are important to them are involved the least. There is a clear lack of knowledge about GE among graduates of pedagogical study programmes, with inadequate training in local centres that prepare active teachers for joint planning and implementation of GE, a lack of long-term technical and methodological support for educators who popularize GE ideas in kindergartens, schools and local communities mainly in smaller localities. There is a real need for work with teachers and school managements to strengthen critical thinking and change attitudes, to overcome stereotypes and prejudices, for teachers to apply an approach based on cooperation with children, with the supply of up-to-date knowledge and skills for creating working tools.

An evaluation of the 4th edition of the project ”Global Education of children changes our world” (2012-2015) showed that work with the institutions is bringing system changes with the incorporation of GE into long-term work plans and improved awareness and engagement of adults (families) who are important for children. The continuous work with staff at the advanced level raises the quality of the actions and builds a platform of cooperation needed to implement GE among institutions.

Our world - global citizenship education for children

The project ”Our common world - global education of children” is aimed at:

  • preparation of Polish society to face the challenges of a global world, including understanding of the causes and consequences of global phenomena, understanding the world as a complex and dynamically changing system,
  • development of critical thinking,
  • promotion of a sustainable life style and a change of attitude through the introduction of educational changes to prepare children to respond to the challenges and the opportunities related to global interdependencies.

The project is addressed to small localities and their communities in Lower Silesia and in Masovia. Apart from working teachers, participants will include students of pedagogical programmes of the University of Lower Silesia and the University of Warsaw.

The actions planned for 2018, 2019 and 2020 include training of 64 teachers from 32 kindergartens and schools from grades I-III at the primary level and 48 students from two higher-education institutions. The project is aimed at achieving a multiplication effect because it is addressed to specific institutions and not individuals. In this way, the knowledge of this subject is automatically disseminated among other persons of the institution. The project is the result of long-term cooperation of the Krzyżowa Foundation with the Town Hall of Swidnica and the Municipal Office of Swidnica, as well as the surrounding municipalities. The partners in the project are the bodies that run schools and kindergartens.