Information and education work
Global learning at school
In which subject do German schoolchildren learn that the denim used to make their jeans has already clocked up tens of thousands of kilometres, from African cotton plantations to Indian textile factories to the local branch of their favourite high-street chain store? Concrete examples based on their everyday life can help children understand how the work performed by people in Africa and Asia correlates to the prices they pay in German stores. Armed with this knowledge they can campaign for fair working conditions and sustainable development both in Germany and in distant developing countries.
To ensure that global learning is incorporated into school lessons, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany have together drawn up guidelines for the subject area of global development. These are intended to help schools to teach global economic, political, social and ecological interrelations on an inter-disciplinary basis. Important partners outside the schools include non-governmental organisations.
At the same time the BMZ offers schools ideas on how to translate the framework of reference into practice. One suggestion is the Federal President's All for One World – One World for All development competition for schools, which is organised by Engagement Global – Service für Entwicklungsinitiativen, a body established by the BMZ. Schoolchildren from the first to the last grades of school can submit projects on any aspect of development.
Engagement Global now offers a one-stop shop for everybody who would like to become involved in development education work in Germany. It brings together a large number of BMZ-assisted education programmes that address children, young people and adults.
Through the ENSA school exchange programme, for instance, the BMZ promotes school twinning schemes with countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and South-Eastern Europe. Education projects bring together young people from Germany and transition states and developing countries; they then work together on development issues. After the encounter trips they pass on their experiences, thus acting as multipliers of global learning in their schools and beyond the school gates.
The chat room Chat der Welten gives schools the opportunity to engage in virtual encounters with their partners in the developing world. The Education meets Development Programme puts schools in touch with former development advisors, who go to the schools and report first hand on their missions. The Gesellschaft der Europäischen Akademien can put schools in touch with other development experts for all sorts of special events.
For more information on the education programmes offered by Engagement Global (in German only) click here
A wide range of useful materials is available to help schools make global development a subject that can capture the interest and imagination of pupils. The BMZ has set up the Global Learning internet platform to facilitate access to all the materials on offer and to network the many actors involved.
For primary schools in particular, the One World in the School project provides materials and teaching strategies. For the upper secondary level, the BMZ offers a student workbook The World in Transition. Interactive media specially suited for classroom teaching are also available from BMZ, including DVDs with films and information on a wide range of topics.
Development Education and Awareness Raising
Strategies 188 new window, PDF 201 KB, accessible 01/2008 | pdf | 201 KB | 12 P. | accessible
Charter for the Future
ONE WORLD – Our Responsibilitynew window, PDF 4.2 MB, accessible 04/2015 | pdf | 4.2 MB | 68 P. | accessible