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Drafting the Hungarian Global Education Strategy


The application overviews the recent development, and results of the HAND Association – Global Education Working Group.
Within the HAND GE Working group we have started a process in order to establish the Draft version of the National Global Education Strategy, and to initiate a multi-stakeholder process.
Within this project, the main activities are:

    o Public education Research – in order to find all possible routes to integrate Global content and solidarity, north-south-relations into formal educational System.
    o Building a national GE network
    o Setting up an expert team
    o Maintaining GE workshops,
    o Drafting the National Global Education Strategy
    o Advocacy activities
    o National Global Education Conference
    o Cooperation and networking


The main goal of the project is

    o to create a national GE Strategy in order to integrate Global content into formal education and
    o To create a National GE Strategy that is based on the opinion of “Southern” people (people from the south, and people in need from Hungary: Gipsies, poor people, etc. )
    o To create a holistic competence-developing system: with Global Content (info) from the life and struggle of the southern people, with the knowledge of the impact of our decisions on the life of them, Attitudes: solidarity, care for others, awareness raising, etc. and skills development: to enable young people to take action where possible to create a more peaceful, sustainable and just world.



    Name: Hungarian Association of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid – HAND Association / Global Education Working Group
    Contact details: 1052 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János u. 1. IV./40. HUNGARY
    Office: +36-1/328-0873
    Fax:    +36-1/328-0874
    Mobile: +36-30/271-30-53
    Skype:  strenner.szilard

    Type of Organisation: NGO – The Hungarian NGDO Platform

    b) PARTNERS – Members of the GE Working group of HAND Association

Name: Artemisszio Foundation: NGO

Name: Anthropolis Anthropological Public Benefit Association: NGO

    Szépvölgyi Viktória

Name: BOCS Foundation: NGO

    Melis Melinda

Name: Caritas Hungarica: NGO

Name: Foundation for Africa: NGO

    France Mutombo

Name: Hungarian Interchurch Aid: NGO

    Gáncs Kristóf

Name: Hungarian Volunteersending Foundation: NGO

Name: Foundation for Democratic Youth: NGO

Name: Hungarian Young Greens Association: NGO

    Jagodics Edit

Name: Association of Conscious Consumers: NGO

Name: Amnesty International Hungary: NGO

Name: VÉDEGYLET - Protect the future! NGO

    Újszászi Györgyi

Name: Green-Bridge Foundation: NGO

    Fonyódi Szabolcs

Name: Kikötő Association: NGO

    Orgoványi Gajdos Judit

Name: Hulladék Munkaszövetség – HUMUSZ NGO

    Pápa Ágnes -


    a) overall aims

Developing the National Global Education Strategy and
establishing the multi-stakeholder process.

    b) specific objectives

    o Public education research – in order to find all possible routes to integrate Global content and solidarity, North-south-relations into formal educational system.
    The national GE research is to assess

      o The presence of and attitude towards GE and Systems Thinking in the formal Educational System
      o the openness of the present formal Educational System (age 3 - 18) towards GE contents, methods,
      o What are the possible intervention points to involve more GE content + “attitude” + skills development in formal Education system .
      o The research is based on: Online-research (over 400. filled!), Focus-groups for students, and teachers, case-studies, seconded research and stakeholder-interviews with: formal , and higher educ. Experts, ministerial (over 30 ) partners: Ministry of FA, Youth, Environment, Education; LA representatives, NGO partners, MEDIA, and Academia.  
      o The first report of the research is in our hands, and the final report is being completed in the 2nd half of September.

    o Building a national GE network and Maintaining GE workshops
    The fundament of the working of the WG is re-thought: knowledge transfer, involvement, values, contract, management, responsibilities, membership criteria, and is being implemented continuously.
    o Setting up an expert team: Rita Galambos (DIA executive board member) Katalin Czippán – Independent, Environmental Education Expert and Géza Barta (Teacher),
    o Drafting the National Global Education Strategy – the first draft of the National GE Strategy is written – and by we get the final report of the school research, our experts are writing / finalising the draft of the National GE Strategy.
    o Advocacy activities
    We do not plan explicit advocacy strategy before a coherent HAND Advocacy strategy is being created. Otherwise the GE research involves all targeted stakeholders, and the interviews done with them helping our issue to sneak into the public education system.
    o National Global Education Conference
    o In November 2008 a National Global Education Conference is being organised in order to give room for further discussions on the draft of the National Strategy and to enable partners to give feedback on it.

    c) outcomes

The first draft of the National GE Strategy is being written.
The first sub-report of the GE Research on Formal Education System is being written.
Several recommendations, findings to integrate GE into formal education are written.
The know-how building and the Knowledge transfer of the GE Working Group is more or less optimal
The GE WG is being represented at several conferences, festivals, and professional events.
The GE WG is growing: we have attracted 5 applicants to HAND, who are willing to join the Hungarian NGDO platform.
The partnership with CONCORD DEEEP (DEF) is being developed: we expressed our will to take a consortium partnership within the Deeep 3. project.

    d) duration of the project

01 / 04 / 2008 – 31 / 12 / 2008
(8 months)

    e) participation of the target group(s)

    o the target groups of the project:

      o The GE WG member organisations and the representatives of the NGOs,
      o All stakeholders – identified in public education research,
      o Other professional partners, who haven’t been interviewed, but are working on the field of global education: HR, etc.
      o Public education institutions, that are already opened to global issues,
      o Media,
      o Other HAND Working Groups

    ˇ in the design of the project

From the establishment of the WGs of HAND the member organisations took the full control of the process experienced in the GE WG. Since meeting with Rilli Lappalainen and her presentation in the summer 2007, the WG was after a possible grant, where National GE Strategy and the initiation of the Multi-stakeholder process would fit.
After the call was out, and the first draft of the project has been written down, the GE WG members could add their opinion. Before the contract was signed between HAND and the MFA during the WG meetings partners could get the whole picture of the project, and also could identify tasks and responsibilities for themselves.

    ˇ in the implementation of the project

Several GE WG member organisations are actively involved in the project – taking responsibility for smaller parts of the research. All are expressing their opinion on the findings of the research.
Stakeholders are being interviewed during the research, and than asked to express their opinion on the first draft of the National GE Strategy.
Other professional partners, practitioners are asked to express their opinion, ideas, to develop the national strategy, and also to exchange methods in the practice and advocacy.
Institutions, like schools (elementary and secondary education), orphanages and student hostels are invited to test all the materials, practical methods and tools provided by HAND member NGOs, and their feedback is also really respected.
Media is invited to larger events like festivals, conferences, where HAND is willing to express the opinion of the member organisations, and to reach the wider public to form their awareness on the southern issues, solidarity and Development Education.

Other HAND Working Groups:

    Africa WG is invited to bring in the opinion of the “southern people” into our research and the draft of the national strategy.
    The Aid Watch WG is closely cooperating with the GE WG this autumn, because after the year 2007, where a general AID Watch report had been published – fundamentally criticizing the AID effectiveness and transparency of the AID mechanisms – this year we are working on and focussing Development Education / Global Education AID Watch report.

    f) strategies for integrating learning from the project into the educational system (formal and non-formal).

The full project is targeting the formal Educational System, and aims to find the most effective ways to integrate Global content and competence-development into it.
The non-formal approach is coming from the member organizations, who guarantees the integration of the NFE methods, approaches: Artemisszió, ZÖFI, Zöld-Híd, DIA, Amnesty, HUMUSZ are all different Youth-based organisations, where the Non-formal approach is almost the “formal requirement”. (The project-manager has also several years of NFE and free-lancer training experience, and through his previous working environment / MOBILITAS – the national Agency for the Youth Programme and the physically the European Youth Centre Budapest – EYCB has given him a wide range of experience of engaging, quality youth work.)

    g) evaluation mechanisms (internal and/or external).

Internal evaluation, but plans to create a SMART evaluation mechanism with the support of the HAND Member organisation: Civil Society Development Foundation – CTF.
External evaluators are not yet involved into our project. So far our expert are giving us feedback on our process.

    h) budget – details of financial sources and summary of income and expenditure.

Financial support comes from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – ODA / Awareness raising Budget line – NGO resources.

The full budget of the programme is 24000 €.
3000 € is the own share of HAND by office expenditures and personnel cost.
By the end of the first project phase (01. 04 – 08. 31. 2008) we have spent

    - Co-ordination 4 000 .- €
    - Financial management: 1 000.- €
    - Research: 3 500.- €
    - Experts: 1 600.- €
    - GE WG meetings 300.- €


Networking, partnership and co-ordination are the core elements of the effectiveness and the innovation of our project.
During the programme we realised, that we need to think systematically, and that will help to create a sustainable network, the GE working group.
Practically the following things had been done:

    o The membership of the GE Working group had been clarified. Motivations and expectations needed to be expressed,
    o The representation of each member organisations needed to be clarified: Who is representing a certain NGO, how many hours he/she gets from his/her manager in order to fully participate in the work of the GE WG.
    o All requests and useful information must be circulated amongst the partners. In other hand when a special need has come up from the partners, usually – the coordinator, that knows the national or even sometimes international context and news can make links, in order to avoid parallel developments, duplications.
    o The goals of the whole GE network had been recognised: Building the Know-how and supporting the Knowledge-transfer.
    o In order to support these last 2 goals we created:

      o An internet Wikipedia, that is soon available for GE WG members to upload content, to create pages, forum on certain topic:
      o Gathering GE knowledge from internet: from various resources – almost 460 MB information. This database is continuously growing.
      o Member organisations has established 2 independent knowledge centres: The GLOBEDU knowledge-centre: by the Anthropolis Association, and the soon opening Africa Centre, by the Afrika-Hungary Union.

    o Coordination is a general need to improve the network, the professional work of the member-associations, to raise quality, to give feedback on outcomes, to spare and to use resources reasonably and effectively. For such national Coordination and network + know-how building and to maintain the knowledge-transfer a full time employer is needed.
    o Because most of the time professional work, activities and responsibility only appears where there is expectations, motivations (and perhaps financial support), the networking must be the most effective: so to reach this goal we have found the forms of our meetings: the Working group meets once in a month for 4-5 hrs, and take part in an intensive, facilitated exchange.

      o There are also detailed memos of the meetings.
      o And the interests of the member organisations are channelled into the process.


    o Personal interviews are the most effective , to build partnership, clarifying expectations,
    o Defining organisational roles: Member organisations: (field work) vs. National Platform: (advocacy),
    o The role of experts, and academia (research) partners
    o Creating an advocacy strategy (from no previous structure)
    o The learning points of the Networking experience,
    o The role of the national coordinator

1 Please feel free to use existing documentation in response to Part 5 of the application form.