Europe and the world is facing major challenges, which directly affect our lives, but are often presented as remote and intractable. This project´s aim is to offer schools lectures led by people who deal with the above mentioned challenges in everyday life, professionally or personally - to introduce these matters to young audiences, in order to motivate them to understand the courses of ongoing events within a broader context, and to personally participate as involved citizens.
In 2015, the General Assembly of the UN approved 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals could not be met without grass-roots movement; it is essential to raise awareness and motivate the public to contribute, to become involved in more active ways. Achieving the global goals has to start locally – the classrooms of elementary and high schools shouldn't be exempt from addressing this issue.
Students: 1) are engaged and concerned about issues related to Sustainable Development Goals agenda such as inequality, food security, literacy etc. 2) develop their critical thinking skills and practise their active citizenship engagement: a) through lectures which enable to explore contemporary issues and challenges from different perspectives.; b) through follow up activities which motivate to design their own possible steps to positive change on a local level
ARPOK has already organised almost 100 public talks focused on contemporary issues (overview http://arpok.cz/verejnost/rozvojove-vecery/) so contacts for specialists with appropriate background are available. Suitable speakers will be chosen; short descriptions of available topics will be created and offered to schools to choose. The organisation of a course will be provided. After the lecture students will be motivated to design their own possible steps to positive change on a local level and then present to the public or their schoolmates (through exhibition, panel discussion, etc.) The student´s follow up actions will be supported – a mentor from ARPOK will be available to coach the groups of students. Teachers will also be engaged and best practices will remain at each school´s leve
The primary target group is students (upper grammar school and high school students, which means 13 to 19 years old) because they will be the people who will make the future and so it is crucial to empower them to tackle current issues, stimulate critical thinking and catalyse the emergence of an involved citizenry.
The secondary target groups are teachers and local community linked to schools.
Global issues will be introduced to the students through participative lectures run by experts who deal with the current challenges on their daily bases, professionally or personally. The project links formal education institutions with non-profit organizations and initiatives which are trying to tackle global issues on a global and a local level. The project will cover demands of schools for participative lectures focused on global issues, linked to the curriculum and covered financially.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
personnel cost 11 000 EUR, travel costs 750 EUR (consultations and mentoring visits, travel expenses for lecturers), office expenses 1250 EUR (rent, printings...), PR 1500 EUR (communication with schools, proposals for schools, information about project and lectures to schools/teachers, banners about SDGs and active citizenship best practices...), community projects and SDGs presentations 5000 EUR