With the aim of promoting the concept of development education and agreeing with the CONCORD definition of development education as an active learning process, founded on values of solidarity, equality, inclusion and co- operation, Formare Studia NGO organized the International Grundtvig Workshop “Engaging as Active Citizens in Development Education” 20-27 March 2011 in Iasi, Romania with the support of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, LLP, Grundtvig.
The workshop brought together 11 participants from European countries and issues such as active citizenship and development education in a lifelong learning activity during which the adult learners developed skills, knowledge and understanding by sitting behind the same table and identifying possibilities for further actions as active citizens for key development issues as illustrated by the Millennium Development Goals( MDGs).
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Starting from the premises that the key of adult development education is to make teachers involved in providing an inter-active approach on key development issues and global challenges addressed though development education, the groups presented two awareness raising campaigns to the teachers and pupils from Vasile Alecsandri high school, Iasi, in front of an audience of about 40 people present in a classroom.
The campaigns represented an example for adult educators on how they can teach development education in schools, in formal and non-formal education, how they can involve pupils and motivate them to act as responsible active citizens.The two campaigns created were:
1. WAGAV. Created by one of the groups composed by 6 participants, the campaign was called WAGAV- We are Glocal and Vocal and focused on one of the most important MDGs, MDG nr.2 - Achieveing Universal Primary Education, a pillar for human development. It was a very active learning exercise, using an inter-active teaching approach and powerful examples. The aim was to put the issue of education to the debate of the present audience and make them think of ways how they can help, even with small steps, to the achievement of this MDG.
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Thus the campaign started from an exercise called Anna doesn‟t go to school. The group created a hypothetic character named Anna and asked the audience why do they think Anna doesn‟t go to school? Then they were invited to explain what do they think are the main consequences of the fact that Anna doesn‟t go to school? Based on the answers received, a tree of problems and solutions was created and each answer that the pupils gave was written on a leaf, thus encouraging them to think of these issues and help achieving MDG 2, understanding their personal responsibility and contribution they can have.
Furthermore, the ones present was encouraged to think of a message , what do they think it is important in terms of education, identify barriers and create and express their vision about why and how do they see their vision accomplished. and the answeres where as you can see in the video below, extremely interesting.
The group prepared a kit of materials to be given to the teachers and pupils. The kit comprised: information sheet on MGDs, yellow ribbon written with WAGAW logo to be given to those who want to further promote the campaign, to be worn on the wrist, small cards with the logos of the MDGs, pens and sharpener with the logo of the MDG 2Achieve Universal Primary Education to remember the MDG 2, other information on DE.
2. Choose right : Take Action. The other group of 5 workshop participants designed a campaign which was called Choose right : Take Action.
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As a powerful example for active citizenship and engagement and as a real tool for development education, the group started from a presentation of the girl who silenced the UN. In 1992, 12 year old Severn Cullins Suzuki addressed the United Nations conference in Rio de Janiero expressing her concerns over environmental issues. Many of the UN members cried. She got a standing ovation. This one speech became a viral phenomenon. Her words are just as relevant today as they were then, if not more.
The video of the speech was projected to the teachers and pupils present in the classroom. The speech was about 5 minutes long and again, those present remained speechless and impressed, and as their consequent reaction and feedback shown, understood the importance of their actions and decided to act more responsible. With this occasion also Formare Studia produced a translation of the Suzuki‟s Speech, which can be further used in development education classes in Romania, as the speech was available on the internet with translation on many languages but not in Romanian. The text in Romanian and English was distributed to all the ones present.
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Other learning tools:
Development Education should be seen also as a lifelong learning process that brings global issues into the classrooms and lecture halls and its integration into the formal, non-formal and tertiary education sectors is an ongoing process that strives to promote DE as an important area of study. An important tool in this process of building the pedagogical value and academic standing of development education as a distinct, but essential component of education is also through lifelong learning development education.
In order to further help in spreading tools for development education, some of the presentations of our trainers during the workshop are available here for public information( please quote the author if you use it and respect copyright policies) :
- Definitions of Development Education - as gathered by CONCORD (The following definitions were proposed by National Platforms in the answers given to a questionnaire about Development Education and Awareness Raising in Europe, that DEEEP has circulated in 2003, 2005 and 2007. )
- The European Consensus on Development: the contribution of Development Education & Awareness Raising
- The European Development Education Monitoring Report "DE Watch" on Development Education, provides a detailed overview of development education (DE) policies, practices and funding in the 27 EU Member States and Norway. It analyses DE concepts, policies and practices of national development ministries and related agencies, the formal education sector as well as the approaches of civil society organisations and local or regional authorities.
- Development Education as a Lifelong learning practice - author Smaranda Sandulescu, paper which is a result of the project GRU-10-GRAT-3-IS, Grundtvig Workshop “Engaging as Active Citizens in Development Education” organized by Formare Studia with the support of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, LLP Grundtvig. Paper presented during The International Conference QUALITY IN FORMAL AND NON FORMAL EDUCATION, second edition, 7-8 may 2011, Iaşi, România and included in the conference’s book. The paper concentrates on the main theoretical approaches of the concept of development education, focusing on its integration on lifelong learning education. It provides a case study of a development education exercise during the Grundtvig workshop, with practical examples and results in the field of development education.
News!! The Guidebook : Implementing Development Education-Guidelines, Tools and Best Practices is now available!
The guidebook gathers information resulted from the Grundtvig Workshop “Engaging as Active Citizens in Development Education”(project nr. GRU-10-GRAT-3-IS) organized by NGO Formare Studia between 20- 27 March 2011 in Iasi, Romania with the support of the European Commission, DG Education and Culture, LLP Grundtvig.
The guidebook is meant to be a compilation of learning tools, exercises, examples, best practices, theoretical materials, guidelines and recommendations that can be further used in implementing development education in any country.
It is a adressed to all the practitionars and non-practitioners of DE, to those who want to understand what Development education is, to adult and youth educators, teachers, trainers, to NGO's wishing to implement DE activities, etc.