Conectando Mundos

 
     
 

Inizjamed Conectando Mundos

Seminar on Global Citizenship Education - 19 December 2007  
  How to be a global citizen  
     
 

The main objective of ‘Conectando Mundos’ (Spanish for ‘Connecting Worlds’) is the promotion of Development Education in the context of Citizenship Education within educational institutes in Malta so as to make its main themes and methodologies more fully integrated into the education of students of all ages.

 

The organising team is made of four non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) from four European and Mediterranean countries, namely Cidac from Portugal, Intermón Oxfam from Spain, Ucodep from Italy and Inizjamed from Malta, and is part-supported by the EuropeAid programme of the EU. 

 

The principle beneficiaries of this project are students, teachers and other educators, and also other important players in the public sphere (such as members of the political and media communities).

 

Citizenship (or Civics) Education aims at creating actively participating members in the socio-political spheres of a democratic community and “[…] to encompass the preparation of young people for their roles and responsibilities as citizens […]”[1].  In Response to a globalised world that is constantly changing and affecting both, the local and the global developments of nearly all community sectors, Citizenship Education comprises a wide range of educational disciplines, such as:

 

·          Democracy and democratic values

·          Political Education

·          Environmental Education 

·          Social Studies

·          Economic Studies

·          History

·          Religious Education

·          Ethic and Moral Values

·          Development Education

 

All of these educational disciplines are to some degree interconnected and interdependent.  In particular in recent times, educational NGO’s as well as international institutional bodies have detected Development Education as one of the key elements of Citizenship Education.  Development Education combines and entails aspects from all educational disciplines in direct or implemented relation to the present global political, social, economic and environmental scenery.

 

In 2004, the DE (Development Education) Forum has approved the following definition of Development Education, which has then been endorsed by CONCORD, the European NGO Confederation for Relief and Development, during the General Assembly of November 2004:

 

“Development education is an active learning process, founded on values of solidarity, equality, inclusion and co-operation. It enables people to move from basic awareness of international development priorities and sustainable human development, through understanding of the causes and effects of global issues, to personal involvement and informed action.  Development education fosters the full participation of all citizens in world-wide poverty eradication, and the fight against exclusion. It seeks to influence more just and sustainable economic, social, environmental, human rights based national and international policies.”[2]

 

Activities proposed can be grouped into four inter-related areas. We aim to:

  

1. revise the theoretical approach to Development Education in the light of the developing methodologies of Citizenship Education;

 

2. gain an institutional recognition of the importance and value of Development Education;

 

3. encourage and facilitate the access of teachers and academics to existing tools and potential opportunities to research and update their ways of exploring Development Education;

 

4. forge common trails among schools across the Global North and South by encouraging long-term and mutual collaborations between educational institutes, NGOs and other members of civil society in Europe and developing regions.

 

Conectando Mundos believes that the emphasis on Development Education within the educational structures and institutions is an important means for promoting the holistic education of good citizens who will be entitled to gain interest, to understand and to vigorously participate at socio-political developments.  Hence, they will foster a vital and active democracy in Malta and be enabled to better cope with the challenges of the mounting globalisation of today.  

 

Through Conectando Mundos, students and teachers alike will have the opportunity to move closer to a wider reality and its global imbalances and injustices and, importantly, acquire more skills to address local issues in a regional and international framework.

 

For more information kindly visit www.conectandomundos.org or contact the project management on DominikKalweit@aol.com.

 

(1) See Kerr, David: “Citizenship Education:  an International Comparison” (April 1999), available on www.inca.org.uk/pdf/citizenship_no_intro.pdf (accessed on 18 June 2006, 17.20h)

[2] Regarding this definition of Development Education see  www.deeep.org/english/what_is_de/definitions/index.php (accessed on 25 July 2006, 21.40h)

 
     
     
 

Seminar on Global Citizenship Education - 19 December 2007

 

An important seminar on the draft Position Paper on Global Citizenship Education will be held on Wednesday, 19 December 2007, from 16.20h to 18.30h at the University of Malta, Lecture Centre - Room LC216 (see campus map). Click here for the invitation and the draft Position Paper which will be presented and discussed during the seminar.

Click here for information about Conectando Mundos (and a leaflet about the project) which forms part of Inizjamed’s educational program click here. To contact the project coordinator write to Dominik Kalweit at cmm@maltaforum.org.

 

The deadline for application for the seminar is Monday, 17 December; the deadline for the online application for Conectando Mundos’ Activities (March 2008) is 21 December 2007.

 

Click here to read the national Manifesto on Global Citizenship Education (GCE).

 

Inizjamed's partners in the Conectando Mundos project are Intermón Oxfam (Spain), Ucodep (Italy) and Cidac (Portugal).