About project

“Schools – satellites for development education”

News: Project "Schools - satellites for development education" results are summarized in two publications - "Methodological Material for Development/Global education" and "Development/Global education Guidelines".

News: Conclusion points from Project's "Schools - satellites for development education" Evaluation Report (done by NGO "Development Bulb")

Study on awareness of development education issues

Results of the project activities in schools and communities

Project organizers

In November 2009 NGO “Education Development Center” in partnership with NGO “GLEN Latvia” (Latvia) and NGO “Leeds Development Education Center” (UK) have started 2 years project “Schools – satellites for development education”.

Project funding

Project is financed by European Commission within the programme „Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development - Public awareness and education for development in Europe” and co-financed by Soros Foundation Latvia.

Project objectives

to create public awareness of development issues among school educators and young people thus promoting society that is informed about the development issues;

to promote active understanding (changing attitudes) and active participation in global issues aiming at fairer relations between developed and developing countries;

to implement development education activities in the formal and informal education agenda of Latvia;

to facilitate the increase of the quality of DE.

Main target audience

Educators (teachers from all educational levels), school administration representatives, young people, opinion leaders from local communities and media.

Main project participants are 81 “change agents” that will represent 9 schools from 3 different regions of Latvia (3 regions x 3 schools per each region x 9 representatives per each school). They will participate in different trainings about development education themes and methodologies. After trainings project participants will have the opportunity to try out their knowledge and understanding by developing and implementing development education activities in their schools, communities or region thus involving in the project wider audiences. During the project informative and methodological materials, development education guidelines will be created and published. Also there will be activities for multipliers for ensuring the sustainability of the project idea. In order to foster the implementation of development education elements in formal and informal education representatives and experts from official bodies and public sector will be involved.

Main project themes

development education and development cooperation (coherent development cooperation); MDGs;

globalization and global interconnectedness;

social justice, global responsibility and solidarity;

migration and intercultural relations;

sustainability and fair trade;

human rights; global citizenship;

environment and climate change.

Project activities

1. The work of the project core group

Project core group is meeting at least once a month in order to plan and work on all different project activities.

2. Study tour in UK

In cooperation with partner organization “Leeds Development Education Center” in January 24th – 28th, 2010 5 representatives from Latvia have visited UK. The goal of the visit was to learn about UK`s experience in development education, to find out best practices of how to work with different development education topics with different target audiences and to exchange with information about local contexts and challenges.

3. Development Education Winter Schools in Latvia

1st Development Education Winter School took place from March 10th – 13th 2010. It was the first time when 9 project schools have met. Project participants spent 4 days on getting to know different angles of development education and development cooperation, to learn how to work with development themes in schools and to develop ideas about particular activities and initiatives in their local environment.

4. Practical development education activities in regions

Before schools start practicing particular development education activities, there will be 3 regional seminars for all project schools in order to encourage and support with needed information, materials. Regional seminars will happen in the middle of April.

5. Creation of informative and educational materials about DE

On January 21st, 2010 project opening seminar-discussion took place. The goal of the seminar was to introduce project to wider audiences and together with national development education experts, media, partners and potential partners to explore project possibilities, talk about local challenges in the field, and plan how to start up qualitative and effective development education activities in formal and informal education of Latvia.

6. Survey about the impact/understanding of DE

During 1st Development Education Winter School the 1st phase of survey took place. All project participants have filled in questionnaire in order to find out about their knowledge, understanding and attitudes towards development education in the very beginning of the project.

7. Public relations and media work

For more information:

Education Development Center web page http://www.iac.edu.lv/

GLEN Latvia web page http://www.glen.lv/

Leeds Development Education Center web page http://www.leedsdec.org.uk/

Soros Foundation Latvia web page http://www.sfl.lv/public/

European Commission web page http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm


Education Development Center

Dzirnavu Street 34a-8

Riga, LV-1010

Phone: + 371 67503730

Fax: + 371 67503729

E-mail: iac@latnet.lv


Education Development Center

Dzirnavu Street 34a-8
, LV-1010
Phone: + 371
Fax: + 371 67503729
E-mail: iac@latnet.lv

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