Promoting global citizenship education in schools – Politeia

POLITEIA seeks to develop an innovative quality training programme to increase the knowledge and skills of teachers in secondary education in global citizenship.

Grant Agreement Number: 2020-1-UK01-KA201-079034

Funded by: Erasmus+      Duration: 01/ 09 / 2020-31/08/2022

  

 

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Challenge

We are living in an interconnected and interdependent world where technological advances have surpassed distance, allowing the instant transfer of information, images, experiences from one corner of the globe to the other. Issues such as migration and climate change dictate actions that transcend the narrow nation-state boundaries and pose challenges that cannot be addressed unilaterally. Moreover, the ongoing covid19 pandemic manifests the fluidity of national frontiers and the inalienable bond of humans against a common threat.

This situation highlights the importance to promote Global citizenship. Global citizenship refers to a sense of belonging to a broader community and a common humanity. It emphasizes political, economic, social and cultural interdependency between the local, national and the global. Moreover, the ever-increasing peoples’ movement calls for teachers to be well versed in working in multicultural environments, support students from culturally diverse backgrounds.

However, global citizenship is not introduced in schools, both at primary and secondary level, as a distinct curriculum or activity. Teachers lack the necessary skills or have limited experience to integrate global citizenship issues in their teaching.

Consequently, pre-service training and opportunities for professional development are needed to ensure that educators are equipped to deliver quality global citizenship education.

Innovation

POLITEIA seeks to promote global citizenship in European schools by making the subjects and the issues more amenable to teaching and more accessible to young citizens and contribute to the development of concrete educational pathways for global citizenship education. To achieve this, the project will build an innovative training programme – based on a participatory approach to detect the needs of the target group- addressed to teachers in order to equip them with the appropriate knowledge and skills as well as attitudes and behaviours to bring successfully global citizenship issues in the classroom.

Action

The development of the global citizenship course will be based on a participatory approach in order to better integrate the needs of educators. Apart from the desk research, online consultations and focus groups will be conducted with educators in order to detect the current needs and challenges and to cover the most important topics for promoting global citizenship.

These resources will include the following: the course content, a global citizenship toolkit for educators and the development of an online platform.

Course content

The course content will reflect the needs presented during the research phase (desk research, focus groups, online consultations).

Global Citizenship Toolkit for Educators

This toolkit will provide teachers with materials, present teaching techniques and examples that could be used in integrating global citizenship issues in the classroom.

Online platform

The online platform will store all materials and guides produced for the implementation of the training. It will be used during the training for the online part of the training. Further to this, the platform will serve as a communication and networking area for teachers to exchange experiences, share resources and discuss and informally assess how they implement global citizenship education in their classrooms.

The pilot implementation of the training course will be addressed to teachers of secondary education. The training will have a blended character of class meetings and offline asychronous learning.

To mainstream Global citizenship education in secondary education a set of guidelines will be produced for schools and policy recommendations will be developed on how Global citizenship education can be introduced, mainstreamed and measured in secondary education, emphasizing on SDG 4.7.

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
Canary Wharf Consulting – (Project Coordinator)
United Kingdom
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CARDET (Cyprus)
Humanitas (Slovenia)
INOVA+ (Portugal)
 
 
 
 

 

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