In order to implement qualitatively a three-year project in global education Education Development centre is cooperating with partners that have experience, place and impact of implementing development/global education projects in their countries.
Project activities in 2014 in Latvia, Estonia and United Kingdom
Ilze Saleniece, project coordinator of international cooperation
Though most of the activities of the project “Global dimension in social sciences subjects” take place in Latvia also the project partners- „Mondo” in Estonia and Leeds Development Education Centre in United Kingdom actively participate in the project.
The second year of the project in Latvia is characterized by active cooperation of the 21project schools in different regions of Latvia. Teachers, representatives of school administration, pupils as well as education specialists and decision makers are offered educational activities, informative and learning materials in different themes of global education thus ensuring the increase of their skills and knowledge and the development of professional cooperation networks.
In Estonia the global education program is developed in the Russian language thus aiming at reaching with the help of global education themes those teachers and pupils for whom the language of instruction is Russian. The organization „Mondo” has involved its cooperation partners in this process – experienced teachers of social sciences subjects. The new program is based on the program ”The Globalized World” previously developed by „Mondo”. The new program will be tested or piloted in 10 schools – in 5 schools where the language of instruction is Estonian and 5 schools where the language of instruction is Russian. The work will result in publishing the study material. In order to promote cooperation in the Baltic countries and to exchange ideas gained in the practice the project will organize visits for Latvian-Estonian teachers as well as will promote the e-communication among the youth and pupils. More
The British cooperation partner - Leeds Development Education Centre- in its turn, will cooperate with three schools and the aim of this cooperation will be the development of Criteria for evaluating the effectiveness and quality of global education activities. Taking into account the fact that United Kingdom has more than 30 years of experience in the field of development/global education the topical issue at present is the evaluation of the effectiveness of different global education activities and materials. Leeds Development Education Centre has been involved in working out the methodologies for teacher’s self-assessment and for assessing the work of schools and the teaching/learning process therefore it has taken the leader’s role in this work. Both the implementer of the project in Latvia – Education Development centre, and the cooperation partner in Estonia- the organization „Mondo” are greatly interested to adjust the developed criteria to the local context and needs.
All three project cooperation partners will meet in Latvia on April 5, 2014 to discuss the project topicalities, mutual cooperation and the next steps.
Why exactly these organizations?
Leeds Development Education Centre, United Kingdom www.leedsdec.org.uk
Adam Ranson, project manager in UK, telephone: 0113 380 5655, e-mail: email@example.com
Leeds Development Education Centre (Leeds DEC) is an organization that has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years with the aim to promote the society’s knowledge and understanding about globally sustainable development and are recognized and influential both in the United Kingdom and other European countrie. In the last 15 years numerous publications on the themes of development education for teachers and specialists working with young people have been prepared in the projects managed by the centre; they are disseminated locally, nationally and internationally. Since 2000 the Leeds DEC plays a significant role in forming the development education policy in Yorkshire and Hamber region as well as in active work on national level. The most important cooperation paertners of Leeds DEC are other non-governmental organizations, ministries, development cooperation agencies, development education centres of Great Britain, schools and educational institutions as well as development cooperation and education players of the European Union.
Leeds DEC has accumulated significant experience in organizing training and school consultations as well as in work on integrating global dimension in school curricula and the development of development or global education strategies. The employees and experts of Leeds DEC have run many sessions in different conferences and seminars on development or global education both in Great Britain and Europe. Leeds DEC is known and appreciated in Europe as the developer and publisher of different educational materials.
Non-governmental organization MONDO (Estonia) www.mondo.org.ee
Johanna Helin, project coordinator, telephone: +372 677 5445, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the first and most recognized ‘players”of development/global education and development cooperation in Estonia the aim of which is to increase the knowledge and understanding of Estonia’s inhabitants about the challenges of globalization, to promote and popularize tolerance, respect to human rights and solidarity with people who live in poorer regions. MONDO operates in the following directions: education, development education activities, educating the members of the organization and the society about the humanitarian aid and development cooperation, the coordination, implementation of development cooperation, organization and provision of humanitarian aid. The experience of the education development centre Mondo is important as the experience of the new European Union membership country in the field of development/global education that has undergone similar historical development and experienced similar changes in education.
British Council Latvia www.britishcouncil.lv
Ilze Saleniece, project manager, telephone: +371 6 7281730, e-mail: email@example.com
An international organization (in more than 100 countries of the world) that performs activities of a wide spectrum in the education sector. It has implemented projects that are connected with the themes of development/global education (intercultural relations, global citizenship, etc.) in Latvia as well as global projects and has prepared materials in the field of development/global education.