North-South Centre - European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity

 

Final Comprehensive Report
RPP Pilot Project 2007_01_03DA

GLOBAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS VIA INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, CLUB ACTIVITIES AND TEACHER TRAINING

 

I. Description of Activities 1st July 2007- 30st June 2008

    1. Formation of the Team and Preparations

GE Team of ZöFi consists of 2 internal experts and the 4-member Cellux Art Group, these people gained experience in workshop activities last year. A separate group of additional 6 people gathered to be in charge of club activities with the project coordinator in a secondary school. Further active members of the project were people from Protect the Future and Bocs Foundation. In the summer of 2007 we updated and reproduced materials for workshops developed in the Mirror to the World project. During the Sziget Festival 7-15th August 2007 we practiced interaction with young people trying out games. The project coordinator made all necessary arrangements for the preparatory course of new team members, team visits to Austria, teacher trainings, workshops, etc.

    2. Announcement of Activities

In August 2007 colourful leaflets were designed and produced introducing the program to school principals, teachers and youth workers. Description of our goals and of the five available workshops free of charge, timing and content of teacher training sessions are included in this material. The function of the paper is twofold, as the back side of the informational page is a poster - an artistic expression of global challenges and solidarity. The logo of the “Mirror to the World” program appears on the leaflet – it is a brave teenager facing the viewer with determination, in his background one can see the contours of the Earth.

In September 2007 leaflets were posted to 100 schools in Budapest and its neighbourhood. In this activity we cooperated with another Hungarian NGDO Anthropolis, as they intented to distribute their publication 12 problems of the world and what you can do about it to a number of secondary schools, as well as to call attention to their new schoolbook Survival Toolkit for Globalisation. We compiled a valuable package containing all these various items.

Online description of programs were created in September, these can be accessed through www.zofi.hu. Workshops are introduced at www.zofi.hu/workshopok, teacher trainings at: www.zofi.hu/tanarkepzes. Two blog entries document events and give insight to the atmosphere of the workshops: www.tukorbenavilag.blogspot.com contains photos and remarks in Hungarian. The surface introducing the program in English is available at www.mirrortotheworld.blogspot.com.

    3. Workshops

Our team held 153 workshops for groups of youngsters between the age of 10 -18. The most intensive part of the project was in April, when we were invited to many classes around the Earth Day, 22nd of April. This is the time when a lot of schools (especially primary schools) organized a day dedicated for Earth, and welcome contributions of organizations in compiling activities.

The list of workshops we offered on developmental topics were:
Cool Stuff? (sweatshops and multinational companies)
The Way We Live (poverty and global ecological footprint),
Distro (introduction into the realm of NGDOs),
Adbusters (alternative view on consumption, getting to know Fair Trade),
Critical Mass (links between South and North through the example of transport)

Time of the Visit

Name of the Educational Institution

Number of Workshops

19th of September-28th of October

Alternatív Közgazdasági Gimnázium

5

12th of October -29th of February

Scheiber Sándor Általános Iskola és Gimnázium

24

13th of October

Dunaújvárosi Széchenyi István Gimnázium

3

26th of October, 20st of March

Mackós Németvölgyi Általános Iskola

16

3rd of November

Workshop for young volunteers of ZöFi, Visegrád

1

21st of November

Károlyi István 12 évfolyamos Gimnázium

1

23rd of November

Harmat Utcai Általános Iskola

16

28th of November

Jókai Mór Általános Iskola

4

29th of November

Szigeti József Általános Iskola

2

5th of December

Újpesti Angol Tagozatos Általános Iskola

2

4th of February - 18th of February

Deák Ferenc Kollégium

4

18th of February

Janus Pannonius Gimnázium, Pécs

1

25th of February

Baár-Madas Református Gimnázium

4

8th of March

Sashalmi Tanoda Általános Iskola

8

18th of March

Ganz Ábrahám Szakközépiskola

2

28th of March

Fényes Elek Közgazdasági Szakközépiskola

11

5th of April

Pitypang Általános Iskola

8

9th of April

Kék Általános Iskola

16

9th of April- 10th of April

Gandhi Közalapítványi Gimnázium, Pécs

8

22nd of April

Babits Mihály Gimnázium

4

22nd of April

Szilágyi Erzsébet Gimánzium

1

24th of April- 6th of May

Homoktövis Általános Iskola

4

26th of April

Szent János Apostol Általános Iskola

8

Altogether 153 workshops held in 22 educational institutions.

 


 

    4. Teacher Trainings

In the academic year 2007-2008 we held three trainings for teachers and other multipliers – members of educational organizations, youth workers – as part of the RPP project.

Quiz for teachers: where is the family from?


Expression of equality in a living sculpture

5th of October 2007. Global Education in Secondary Schools
The event took place in the Humusz House, it aimed to provide practical advice about how could a teacher integrate in his or her work global education. Twenty participants received a copy of a Survival Toolkit for Globalisation with a CD-Rom for teachers.
Participants of the event came from the following institiutions:

    - Secondary Schools: Moricz Zsigmond Gimnazium, Ganz Abraham Szakkozepiskola, Obudai Alternativ Kozgazdasagi Gimnazium, Szent Margit Gimnazium, Prizma Egyseges Modszertani Kozpont, Berzeviczy Gergely Kozgazdasagi Szakkozepiskola, II. Rakoczi Ferenc Fovarosi Gyakorlo Kozgazdasagi Szakkozepiskola, Budai Nagy Antal Gimnazium, Szilagyi Erzsebet Gimnazium, Szent Laszlo Gimnazum
    - Primary School: Rogers Iskola
    - University: Geography Department of the ELTE University (Termeszetfoldrajzi Tanszek)
    - Non-Governmental Organizations: Anthropolis, Hungarian Interchurch Aid, Fair Trade Network

14th of November 2007 How to use films in Global Education?
In this skill-sharing event our guest lecturer was Heide Tebbich, expert of Baobab Global Educational Resource Centre based in Vienna. Methods and question for working with films in GE, and criteria of selection were discussed in detail. Participants watched film excerpts and tried exercises themselves. The workshop was announced for teachers as well, though interest came mainly from the civil sector. Nine registered participants were members of various NGOs active in global education and awareness raising: Bocs Foundation, Planet Foundation, Protect the Future, Artemisszio, ZoFi, Cellux Group, and an individual.

 

22nd of February 2008 Global Education Afternoon
The workshop introduced to participants the educational toolkit developed by Green Bridge Foundation in 2006 Global education package for formal and non-formal education of youth. 14 participants of the workshop came from various schools and the NGO sector. Besides receiving a copy of the valuable material we tried out a couple of exercises ourselves: The chain breaks sometimes, Vicious circle of poverty, Universal Human Rights.

    5. Earthling Club

The school selected for club activities throughout the academic year was Scheiber Sándor Primary and Secondary School based in XIV. District of Budapest. The choice of this particular institution was made bacause we have a valuable contact person there - the biology teacher Ágnes Kökényesi is dedicated and open for cooperation in this initiative. The first semester was characterised by establishing contact with students and introducing crucial topics. Besides having numerous Mirror to the World workhsops in classes, we had two major activities: exhibition about the story of paper and furnitures from the rainforest to the living room (and further); and the announcement of the Earthling Club recruiting via visual materials. For this particular part of the RPP project seven young people from ZöFi and friends came together. With this Earthling Coach Theme we elaborated detailed plans for the second semester that we decided to be the intensive part in terms of encouraging children to act upon global challenges.

In the second semester Earthling Club came alive. Each week was dedicated to a certain subject with global aspects. We visited the school on Thursday afternoons. In this particular school age of students varies between 6 and 18. Participation was open for everyone, and it turned out, the layer most interested in our activities was that of children aged 6-9! We could engage a couple of local teenage students as well, although towards the end of the semester they had less time and interest. A blog was created by us to document series of events at www.foldlakoklub.blogspot.com. of photos with description of activities in Hungarian can be found there.


Jamming with musical instruments of the world


Discovering the life of an Ethiopian family


We play Okeleke African game with shoes


Meditation of Earthling Club members

Topics of the club were: challenges of the world today, ethical and sustainable consumption, protection of animals and plants, cultures of the world, life conditions of people in developing countries, alternative economy, sustainable transport, civil NGOs for environment and development.
Some highlights of the Club:
- We discovered the chocolate story in activities around the kakao plant and kakao trade
- Shopping basket was an interactive game about ethical and sustainable consumption
- A so called “distro” stand was made by students from recycled materials, and displayed on the school wall. Here free materials of NGOs are stored (e.g. Fair Trade brochure)
- World music concert was held by an improvisational orchestra made up of children after the lecture of an invited expert explaining the story of each instrument.

    6. Media

In order to introduce the concept of GE, to highlight its importance and to introduce what various NGOs have to offer for a wider public, we accompanied our daily work by media appearance:
- Article “Global Education in the school” published in

    Mentor Educational Journal issue Nr. 2007/11

- Article “Remedy for Bruises of Globalisation” published in

    Mentor Educational Journal issue Nr. 2007/12

- Interview about Mirror to the World educational program

    in Radio Q (99,5Mhrz), 24th of January

    7. Study Visits to Austrian Partner and National Networking

The interaction with our Austrian partner organization Baobab was regular throughout the project: monthly visits to the Resource Center and throrough screening of available materials.
Three of us had a team visit to Vienna for an individual skill and information sharing day held by global education expert Karin Thaler on the 7th of March 2008. This was a really valuable occasion for us to get insight into the subject. The initial plan to visit an Austrian Teacher Training was replaced by this activity due to the fact, that the teacher training was cancelled.

Internal Cooperation among Hungarian organizations became alive - within the GE group of the HAND National Platform we realized: 2-day-long seminar with guest lecturers, common lobby towards the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, strategic planning and fundraising activities for elaboration of the First Hungarian GE Strategy, launching of a research on GE. All these combined efforts lead to success of individual projects, and ZöFi takes active part in these processes. Effective communication enables us to share translated and developed didactical materials within members of this network.


II. Evaluation of achievement of the objectives compared to the logical framework

Outputs in the logical framework

Realization

    1.1 150 Interactive Workshops conducted for secondary school classes about developmental topics. Workshops last for 45-90 minuts, and are held by 2-3-4 professional workshop leaders.

    1.2 A series of workshops available for interested schools in the academic year 2007-2008, developed in the Mirror to the World project.

    2.1 “Earthling Club” in one of the schools with regular activities organized by students themselves. All necessary support is provided by the ZöFi team.
    2.2 Film screenings, exhibitions, campaigns involving the whole school community.

    3.1 Three Teacher Trainings based on educational methods of Baobab and Hungarian NGDOs about GE activities.

    3.2 Creation of a mini library with ready-made GE materials and films for teachers and other multipliers.

Completely accomplished

Completely accomplished

Completely accomplished

(Modification: most active participants were very young children in the school, therefore activities were organized by the young ZöFi team and not students themselves.)

Completely accomplished

This output was cancelled prior to the start of the project to avoid duplification of efforts.

(Upon RPP's request we concluded Letter of Coordination with Anthropolis: „ZöFi will not create its own mini library within the framework of this project, but rather support Anthropolis in creating one by gathering materials and providing its own adaptations.”)

Support accomplished ☺

III. Consideration of the sustainability of the project and the project's impact

ZöFi follows up with its global education activities, will continue to offer workshops for schools, and hold teacher trainings. Financing for the next year is arranged. We expand the scope of our activities by developing an own educational package with background materials and exercises introducing development for the age group 10-14. The compilation is going to be targeted at teachers and other multipliers. Also, a creation of a big-scale artistic exhibition on global challenges is in progress.

IV. Executive summary of the project

Project title: GLOBAL EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS VIA INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, CLUB ACTIVITIES AND TEACHER TRAINING

Duration: 1st July 2007- 30st June 2008

Implementing organisation: ZöFi Hungarian Young Greens

Activities:

1. Interactive workshops held for school classes on developmental topics. Cool Stuff? (sweatshops and multinational companies), The Way We Live (poverty and global ecological footprint), Distro (introduction into the realm of NGDOs), Adbusters (alternative view on consumption, getting to know Fair Trade), Critical Mass (links between South and North through the example of transport)

2. Earthling Club – series of events in a particular school around global issues. A pilot project with active involvement of the local school community; colorful events, exhibitions, initiatives.

3. Teacher Trainings to spread international and national resources. Topics: How to use films in GE?, presentations of two new Hungarian GE publications

Achievements:

- 153 interactive workshops conducted for primary and secondary school classes about developmental topics in 22 educational institutions of Hungary. Participants: 10-18-year-olds.
- Development of the concept of the Earthling Club and an elaborated activity plan for running such a club with children aged 6-10.
- 3 global education trainings organized for teachers and multipliers with 40 participants.

Cooperation with Austrian Partner:

Introduction to the Mediathek and Resource Centre of Baobab in Vienna.
Team visits and workshops for capacity-building and strenghtening of Hungarian GE activities.