Parlez-vous Global? is a project in which 35 thousand students and 12 thousand teachers from 4 European countries and 3 African countries engaged in training-related activities and in the exchange of information about education and global citizenship. Lasting 3 years, a capitalisation document was written by the NGOs which partnered in it to treasure the good results achieved. This document is available both in the integral and short version on www.parlezvousglobal.org.
In order to analyze such experience in an analytical fashion, the purpose of the partnering NGOs (ACRA, APDD-Agenda 21, CISV, COSPE, COOPI, Sudwind Agentur, Stretta di Mano, UNMFREO) was to point out those effective methodologies and good practices deriving from it in order to make them public and reproductible. “Through the capitalisation of the experiences, we aim to allow the professionals to master the new forms of knowledge which emerged, and the same applies for authorities and those organs that might be interested about taking them into account for structured projects”, explains Head of Project Piera Gioda.
Partnering NGOs identified some “good practices”, among which teacher training, the participatory creation of Learning Didactical Units, real-life and virtual exchanges between teachers and/or students.
Teacher training, with theorical and operative activities, was structured with diversified offers, each tailored to individual provenance and experience. Trained by educators from the NGOs, teachers collaborated to the shared creation of autonomous Learning Didactical Units to structure programs and to equip students with an increasingly multi-disciplinary education, in which global citizenship education adopts a transversal role.
Something particularly positive was the combination between participation by teachers to national/internal conferences and virtual exchanges that occurred on the web platform of the project. Such crossover allowed some Italian students to get in contact with African peers, whom their teachers got to know during an exchange visit in Benin. Other forms of exchange led to collaborating in parallel activities which benefited the students, such as curricular internships abroad.
The peculiar elements of Parlez-vous Global? prompted the partnering NGOs to define the key features that global citizenship education should incorporate in student training programs. Transversal topics such as multiculturalism should be integrated in other programs as well, following a pedagogical approach that is no longer sectorial but synergistic and going across subjects.
The study of a current topic like world migrations in an innovative fashion becomes an experience of global citizenship: it is a first-importance societal topic which links to other topics, such as poverty, emargination, unbalances in access to resources, climate change and living together in multicultural societies.
Providing education to global citizenship means giving life to an active way of learning, structured by topics and problems, through an approach that is strongly contextualized in the World of today. This will increase students’ motivation and will lead them to develop disciplinary competences that are transversal, for instance social ones or related to problem solving. This way the student, who is cognitively and affectively involved in what he/she is studying, becomes an active subject of his/her own learning and a social actor who is aware of the role he/she plays.
You can download the release here (in Italian).