At the core of the project is a series for trainings for multipliers from non-formal education as well as teachers in Germany and Poland. It includes ten modules, each focusing on a specific aspect of ESD (e.g. ecological boundaries, food sovereignty, growth criticism). The participants are introduced to specific methods of „transformative education“ and learn how to apply them in their own context. A desired output of the project is a Polish method book that comprises some of the used methods.
In addition, the project activities include three symposiums: a presentation and discussion of the handbook “Fostering Sustainable Consumer Behaviour” by the German Academic Initiative on Environmental Psychology, a workshop on how to design educational activities with a low ecological footprint, and finally a presentation of the Polish method book developed in the course of the project.
- Conveying methodological skills about transformative education as critical-emancipatory form of ESD (e.g. fostering „shaping competence“)
- Thoroughly reflecting the methods and questioning the role of instructor as “learning guide”
- Empowering to apply the learnt methods and skills in the own professional context (transfer)
- Fostering the cross-border exchange of expertise amongst actors in the field of education
- Conveying deeper knowledge about the social-ecological transformation, ESD and Transformative Education in Poland and Germany
- Getting to know examples of good practice from various countries
The training cycle is aimed at mulipliers from Germany and Poland: teachers working in general education or vocational education and training, and multipliers active in non-formal education from the fields of sustainability, ESD, Transformative Education, Global Learning, environmental education, etc. The three thematic symposiums will bring the education specialists into an exchange with actors from the fields of research, civil society, politics and media.
By their modular structure, the 10 activity-oriented and diverse modules, lasting 4 days each, will allow participants to choose their own focus, based on personal interest and preferences. To help the creation of a network and to foster exchange of experiences after applying the methods in their own working context, participants are invited to attend at least two of the seminar modules.
The topics of the seminar modules and symposiums include for example the following aspects:
- From knowledge to action – an introduction to transformative education (05.-09.09.18)
- What grows when the economy grows? – Basics of growth criticism (17.-20.01.2019)
- Does growth live up to its promise? – Prosperity beyond work, consumption and competition (21.-24.03.2019)
- How can we feed the world in the 21st century? – Focus on food sovereignty (16.-19.05.2019)
- Learning with and from nature – Experiential education in ESD (1.-5.6.2019)
- Growth and transition within us – mental infrastructures in capitalism and a post-growth society (27.11.-1.12.2019)
- Infinite growth on a finite planet? - The ecological boundaries of the planet (7.-10.02.2020)
- An economic perspective on growth and growth criticism (22.-25.05.2020)
** Cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic **
- Is a fairer world possible? – Globalisation from a post-colonial perspective (Online-Workshop; several modules between Sept. 11 and 17, 2020)
- For a just future for all - strengthening people to live and act sustainably (22.-25.01.2021)