- School Complex in Ząb near Zakopane
- Health Resort School Complex in Rabka
- Culinary School Complex no. 1 in Cracow
- Junior High School no. 2 in Zakopane
- High school
- Middle school
- Primary school
Interdisciplinary project (method of shared learning process, working group, activating workshops for students, trainings for teachers, multiplication trainings, school assembly).
The main objective of the Project was to form global citizenship towards the improvement of employee situation and increase of environmental standards in global electronic and clothes industry through activation and development of global responsibility for everyday consumer choices of students and teachers from the Małopolska Province.
- improvement of quality of global education by implementing new educational and training forms,
- encouraging teachers from junior high schools and high schools in Małopolska to include global issues in the school core curriculum,
- raising the awareness of students in junior high schools and high schools in Małopolska in the field of global interdependencies and development of their competences towards sustainable lifestyle and responsible consumption,
- raising the awareness of students in junior high schools and high schools in Małopolska concerning abuses in the clothing and electronic industry.
The starting point for the implementation of the Project was the need to raise the quality of conducted global education in Małopolska through active participation of both students and teachers. Within the pilot programme, the method of shared learning process, popular in western countries (and so far, in the territory of Poland, tested only in the Silesia Province), was implemented in the region. As demonstrated by the previous experiences of the foundation, which has been involved in the activities of the global education group within the framework of Foreign Group for years, and it cooperates with multiple schools and non-governmental organizations specialised in global education across Poland, the methodology proposed in the Project addresses the need for systemic improvement of the quality of global education at schools. The theme of the Project was a response to such development challenges as the problems of human right violation and environmental degradation in globalised supply chains of clothing and electronic industries. The global market is dominated by large companies, whose success could not be possible without moving a majority of their production to less developed countries. More than 60 % of global production takes place in Asia, and certain electronic brands produce up to 95 % of their products in Asia. 150 million employees are employed for manufacturing these goods, and their rights are constantly violated. Additionally, production of these goods is accompanied by deterioration of the natural environment. Within the framework of the Project, not only did students expand their knowledge concerning global dependencies, but they also increased their competences in the field of sustainable lifestyle, becoming the ambassadors of changes.
1. Organisation of 3 meetings of the working group consisting of 4 teachers, representing 4 schools participating in the Project.
2. 2-hour technical workshops for 80 students in 4 schools (e.g. students learnt about upcycling, i.e. creative waste recycling).
3. Participation of 4 teachers in a 2-day methodology workshop for teachers organised by Związek Stowarzyszeń Polska Zielona Sieć (Alliance of Associations Polish Green Network, training « Zmieniaj nawyki na lepsze » (Change your habits for better), concerning implementation of global education in schools).
4. Events within the framework of Global Education Week organised by students and teachers from 4 schools, attended by approximately 800 representatives of the school community (e.g. school assembly, workshop « Daj nowe życie elektronice » (Give new life to electronic equipment) - making jewellery from used electronic equipment by students, screening of film « Historia rzeczy » (History of things), quiz « Co wiemy o produkcji odzieży ? » (What do we know about manufacturing clothes ?), workshop for students - patients being treated in Rabka, conducted by students, concerning manufacturing clothes, educational exhibition).
5. Trainings conducted by 4 teachers for 20 teachers (in consultation with a global education expert, teachers trained within the framework of the Project shared their knowledge, skills and educational materials acquired within the framework of the Project with other teachers).
6. Distribution and promotion of results among approximately 50,000 people.
- 2 workshop scenarios:
«We are all experts, i.e. method of shared learning process based on the example of production and consumption of jeans»
«We are all experts, i.e. method of shared learning process based on the example of production and use of mobile phones»
- 4 articles
Final production : http://www.ekonsument.pl/materialy.html
Throughout the term of the Project, project-related activities were promoted, and their results were published on the foundation website http://www.ekonsument.pl (20,000 unique visitors per month) and social media profiles (Facebook and Twitter - approximately 30,000 fans). The description of the Project, articles and workshop scenarios were published on the website. All articles were promoted through posts in social media and newsletter informing about the educational activities of the foundation, sent to approximately 10,000 teachers, schools and educational institutions.
The following results were achieved as a result of the implementation of the Project:
- improvement of quality of global education by implementing new educational and training forms in 4 schools in Małopolska,
- 20 teachers from junior high schools and high schools in Małopolska declared their willingness to include global issues in the school core curriculum,
- 80 students of junior high schools and high schools were made aware of the global interdependencies and the need for development of responsible consumption through the process of shared learning, including in particular implementation of own projects within the framework of the Global Education Week,
- awareness of 800 students in junior high schools and high schools in Małopolska concerning abuses in the clothing and electronic industry was raised.
Implementation of the Project did not cause any particular difficulties. However, the Project enjoyed greater interest on the part of teachers from different schools not participating in the Project, and it was difficult to address this interest satisfactorily due to the limited number of Project participants (previously determined partner schools). Additionally, we tried to involve the interested parties in other educational activities carried out by Fundacja Kupuj Odpowiedzialnie.
The implementation of the Project was facilitated by the fact that FKO and its team had already developed expertise regarding the subjects undertaken within the Project and experience in executing similar activities. The previously established contacts with partner schools and active participation of these schools were also helpful.
The Project was entirely related to global education.