The Accessing Development Education project acknowledges the fact that highly valuable Development Education material has been developed, however it recognises the difficulties of teachers and educators to access the existent material, as well as to apply these recourses to their local or national educational context. More specifically, the project addresses the lack of access to, as well as the need for, Development Education material by teachers, educators, youth trainers and other actors across Europe, and especially in those countries that have joined the EU only recently.
This project aims at promoting Development Education within the educational sector across Europe, focusing specifically on Lithuania, Cyprus, Scotland and Ireland. Specifically, the project aims to engage educators and schools in Development Education activities and equip them with relevant training and materials, thus making them promoters and multipliers of national campaigns that aim to create awareness about Development and about global interdependencies. This project through its activities in all partner countries will actively engage educators and schools in accessing Development Education. National Advisory Groups of educators will access, gather and review existing educational material on DE. On an international level they will exchange experiences and best practices in working with this material, and will then modify DE material according to local needs and curricula. Schools as well as the Ministry of Education will be actively involved and trainings and workshops will be offered for teachers and educators to acquire skills of how to best implement the modified DE material in their lesson plans, and of how to stimulate action among students in the field of development work. Teachers will be trained in integrating DE in their lessons and thus raising awareness of global interdependencies and about development cooperation and the emerging need for it among the youth of all project’s partner countries.