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9. Youth and the World

9.4 Raising awareness about global issues

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  1. Formal, non-formal and informal learning
  2. Youth-targeted information campaigns on global issues
  3. Information providers
  4. Key initiatives

Formal, non-formal and informal learning

In the Czech Republic, there are two basic strong and quite developed concepts on education in global issues as described in Chapter 9.1The Global Development Education and the Environmental Education (EVVO) which are also included in the state curricular documents in formal education and are also promoted by youth and other NGOs in non-formal education. Within formal education there are also enhanced educational areas like 'Human and Society', 'Human and World' where pupils can be taught about the global issues as well, however, the form and exact content depends on the school's curricular documents and programmes.

There are also several public initiatives on how to motivate an interested school to provide attractive education on global issues such as 'Světová škola' (A World School), UNESCO Schools,  or private NGO programmes like 'Jeden svět na školách' (One World at Schools) or 'Škola pro udržitelný rozvoj' (School for sustainable development), 'Zelená škola' (Green school), 'Ekoškola' (The Eco-School), etc.

'The 1Planet4All project is an international project in 11 European countries, including the Czech Republic, which focuses on raising young people's awareness of climate change, its causes and effects not only on us, but also on people in developing countries, solutions and, above all, personal responsibility for a sustainable future. The project is supported by the European Union and its DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Rising) program, which seeks to motivate young people to engage with global issues and challenges facing the world today.'

Adra offers methodological materials for educators on teaching global education within the True World project. They offer materials for kindergartens, primary schools and high schools. Aprok is also involved in global development education. They offer a wide range of educational programs for students. For schools, they organize seminars that take place interactive form. Nazemi offers educational programs for students and methodological courses for teachers. Participants will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in global education topics. Varianty by 'People in need' help teachers global education issues and implement this approach in life of the whole school. They create programs and educational material.

Special importance in raising awareness in global issues from the point of view of non-formal and informal learning also goes to the European programme Erasmus+ and its possibilities for youth projects concerning international and global issues.

As there is an ongoing process of revision of the Educational Framework Programmes (main national curricular documents, for detail, see chapter 6 and specifically 6.10) The National Institut for Education published in 2018 an overall analysis how the global issues and thinking in global and European context have been developing in the Czech Education system, in curricula, what are the ongoing trends and how to further enhance the issues in the content of education within the preparing new Educational Framework Programmes. 

 

Youth-targeted information campaigns on global issues

There have been no special state youth-targeted information campaigns on global issues per se since 2010.

In 2020 the Labyrinth 2030 competition for university students and young professionals up to the age of 30 was announced. It focuses on projects focused on foreign development cooperation. The competition is organized by Caritas CR and is co-financed by the Czech Development Agency. It is focused on foreign development cooperation, solving development challenges in the area.

 

Information providers

The biggest promoters in this field are respective NGOs, usually those operating the above-mentioned educational programmes. The topic of Global Development Education at the state level is in the competence of the Czech Development Agency as described above.

Visible efforts to raise awareness about global issues among young people are seen more and more within the UN Youth Delegates programme in the Czech Republic. Young UN Delegates from the Czech Republic are organizing events with young people and are visiting schools and youth groups to promote the UN, UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role of Young people in their fulfilment. 

The Information Centre of the United Nations in the Czech Republic also provides information and organize several activities to promote UN and global issues among young people. 

In the Czech republic there is an initiative ´Univerzity za klima´ (University for climate) – an initiative of students, teachers and university staff who are not indifferent to the future of our planet. They support Fridays for Future strikes. The national branch of Fridays for future also operates in the Czech Republic.

Key initiatives

There are several main initiatives on the state level to promote Global topics among wider society with particular attention to young people.

  1. State Strategy to for Education on Sustainable development for the period 2008-2015.
  2. The European Week of the Sustainable development has been an annual initiative of the Office of the Government and its Department on Sustainable development since 2015.
  3. Hate Free Culture, a wide public campaign of the Office of the Government and its department – The Agency for Social Inclusion.  
  4. The state Agenda 2030 as a national vision for the year 2030, also implementing the SDGs to the national context.
  5. Strategic Framework Czech Republic 2030
  6. Education Strategy 2030+
  7. Czech UN Youth Delegate Programme