Project “The World from our Doorstep”
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1Association “Alliance for Regional and Civil Initiatives (ARCI)” implemented the project “The World from our doorstep” (www.worldfromourdoorstep.com) in the period 30.01.2013 – 30.01.2016. It was funded by the European Commission through the program “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development” (Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting Development education in the European Union and acceding countries)”.

The activities were implemented by four NGOs: “Centre for the Development of Education – Cambria”, United Kingdom (www.cdec.org.uk) – leading organization in partnership with the “Alliance for Regional and Civil Initiatives (ARCI)”, Bulgaria (www.arci-ngo.org), “Future world Center”, Cyprus (www.futureworldscenter.org) and the “Institute for global responsibility (IGO)”, Poland (www.igo.org.pl).

8The project aimed at improving the awareness and change in attitude of children on the themes of development and providing conditions for activities in support of sustainable lifestyle.

The specific objectives were improving awareness of teachers in pre-school or primary educational level on development education. Teachers were prepared and encouraged to use topics related to the global development and civil education for lessons from the obligatory school curriculum in kindergarten and primary school level. Thus, it contributed towards changing the attitudes of preschool children, regarding issues related to sustainable development, relationships in the globalized world, and the consumption of goods. The project formed behavioral models for sustainable development not only among the smallest, but also in their families and in the community as a whole.

Participation in the activities took preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, children aged 3-8 years, local food producers, craftspeople, NGOs working on the topic of education for development and representatives of the local authorities from the four countries. In Bulgaria, the activities were conducted in schools and kindergartens in Sofia, Silistra, Ihtiman.

5The main project activities included: 1) educational initiatives that encouraged “open lessons”, stimulating children’s ability to learn from experience and enable issues of global development to be visually introduced through concepts of interconnectedness, sustainability and justice; 2) initiatives in building relationships and communication with local food producers and craftspeople on topics accessible to children; 3) organization of events, printing of specialized educational materials for supporting teachers in preschool and primary education for introducing topics from global education by using interactive methods and educational resources; 4) activities promoting establishment of partnership with parents and families; 5) exchanges and work meetings of participants from the countries – partners with local food producers, including the EU and South Africa.

At the end of project activities implementation, we recognize the achievement of excellent quantitative and qualitative results including:

  • Developed and printed educational materials: resource materials in various thematic areas, books “Meet Zog”, “Thea discovers the chocolate,” “Lilly’s picnic”, “One Day in the Life of …” etc..
  • Printed and disseminated “Guide for teachers of Global Education” including interactive methods and activities for conducting lessons among children 3 to 8 years old.
  • Conducted focus groups with teachers, parents and local producers in order to get familiar with the subject of Development Education.
  • Conducted outdoors lessons and training and educational initiatives involving children, local producers, craftspeople, parents.
  • Established partnership for teaching of Development Education or civic education between educational institutions, NGOs and representatives of the local businesses.

 

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If you want to learn more about the project, to receive training materials and to take part in the activities, you can contact Association “ARCI” at:

Association “ARCI”, Sofia 1504, 25 “Aleko Konstantinov” Str., 1st floor, Tel./Fax: +359 2 944 63 89; + 359 889 716 937; email: office@arci-ngo.org