The Re-Granting scheme of the LADDER Project has started to bear the first fruits and some of the projects proposed by grassroots organisations and institutions which aim at raising awareness about the core issues of development education have been successfully implemented! The projects developed in Germany, Estonia and Croatia were developed at the end of 2016 and they will be now presented in order to begin the grassroots’ journey towards the achievement of the SDGs promoted by the LADDER Project.
1st Project: What? “The climate breakfast – With head, heart and hand for global climate justice” – Who? Kontaktstelle für Umwelt und Entwicklung (KATE) e.V.– Where? Germany – About? Food consumption and climate change.
How and what was achieved? Several activities such as workshop, peer trainings, expert trainings, international youth campaign and the development of education materials were carried on in order to raise awareness about how nutrition habits and local food consumption can affect and can have an impact on global climate change. Thanks to the workshops and the activities foreseen, the target groups have been able to link individual everyday behaviour to global dimensions. Particularly children, youngsters, and adults were trained and they are now prepared to explain this thematic to others and act as multipliers in their local community. Besides, pedagogues have been also equipped with new methods and techniques to foster global education. These approaches aim to share and teach complex content keeping an open minded and motivating attitude.
2nd Project: What? “Development Education in Estonian Rural Schools” – Who? Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation – Where? Estonia – About? Sustainable Production & Consumption, Migration Issues.
How and what was achieved? Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation, the lead partner of the project, organised seminar and workshops for teachers and educators to increase knowledge and providing tools about global education. Then, the teachers implemented some “Global Education Days” in the rural schools. The activities implemented helped contributing to change attitudes and providing the public with tools to engage critically with global developments and support the emergence of news ideas on development issues.
3rd Project: What? “YEAH! – Youth Employment in Agriculture and Health promotion”– Who? Dalmatian association of organic producers DALMATIA EKO – Where? Croatia – About? Organic Food production & consumption in the Dalmatian Coastline.
How and what was achieved? In order to overcome this issue on a Croatian local level activities such as a study tour, workshops, a communication campaign using a short movie and the introduction of healthy organic lunch-box within the schools of the area were developed. The most significant achievements were represented by the fact that 20 farmers gained the knowledge on advanced organic practices and 39 people gained better communication skills and knowledge about basic organic principles. This will potentially increase the production level and maintain the quality of production process in line with sustainable development. On the other side, by having promoted a strong promotion of organic sector on the consumer side, the project increased the need for organic products. A major impact was revealed in school children’s parents, who asked for developing procedures for bringing organic food into school menus.
These three project managed to directly reach 1244 people. Surely these people are now more aware of global issues and they can represent real multipliers in their local community. They will be essential in order to fight for a more sustainable, inclusive and better world!