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CARDET - Newsletter 7 - Workshop in the context of the INJAWARA- “Education for All”

After the very successful Workshop on Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development a second one, with expanded participation, was organized on the 24th of June 2014 in the premises of University of Nicosia with collaboration from the Cyprus Youth Council. The workshop was entitled “Education for all” and it was linked with the 2nd Millennium Development Goal of “Achieving Universal Primary Education”. It also touched on the concept of Education and its permeation of all parts of Development process and as the necessary catalyst for positive change. The workshops are operated under the framework of the INJAWARA project (injawara.eu) or Intercultural Joint Awareness Raising Action.

The trainer presented the project and CARDET, the organization running it in Cyprus, so that participants are familiar with both the Non-Government Organization and INJAWARA. Participants included local stakeholders like CSOs, students in pedagogical departments of universities, pre-school and primary school teachers and educators.

The activities initiated with a discussion of what is the definition of education and what are its desirable outcomes. Participants proved highly engaging, which in turn provided sophisticated arguments like knowledge, skills, social inclusion and evolution of the public discourse.

Then, the trainer provided some visual stimuli of two schools; one in an obvious rich country and one in a developing one and asked the participants to spot differences and imagine the challenges facing each institution. Participants’ answers went well beyond poverty and infrastructure to include personal traits and characteristics, quality of teaching, humanitarian disasters, pre-conceived stagnant cultural notions and opportunities for lateral mobility. He then proceeded to project a video on the 2nd MDG and the class expanded on the possible positive effects of global education to include; better livelihoods, reduction on preventable diseases, population reduction through better decisions, higher aspirations, better environment, conflict resolution, social justice and sustainable development.

In the second part of the workshop the instructor provided concrete proof that education does interrelate with a huge array of issues and that participants hunches were correct and if anything, quite constraint on their estimates (http://prezi.com/ebxensjsmg0k/education-for-all-efa/).

The last part of the workshop included grouping the participants and asking for their personal input on factors that influence learning, gender equality, and equality for Minority Groups and reflections on what influence learning to showcase that quantity alone is not enough but it is paramount to address Quality Education in order to provide for its positive effects.