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The overall objectives of the A.W.A.R.E. project are to
- Raise public awareness on development issues, with a specific focus on 4 new EU member countries and to
- Promote education for development in the European Union (EU), with a specific focus on 4 new EU member countries (Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Hungary).
The proposed action aims at establishing a Multi-actor European Awareness Raising Network which should promote awareness raising initiatives through formal and informal educational channels. The network will initially involve 6 EU Member countries, of which 4 are new EU members, and will directly involve young people in Europe with debates and concrete proposals focusing on achieving universal primary education - the second objective of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG 2) – taking as a geographical priority the sub-Saharan African area.
- Establish cooperation among youngsters, educational agencies, institutions, local authorities and NGOs
- Define which may be the cooperation among involved partner countries in order to speed up the achievement of the second Millennium Development Goal
- Promote development issues in non formal and informal education contexts in the participating Member States
- Promote the inclusion of the development dimension in a global EU agenda
- Put into practice development education
82% of EU citizens have never heard of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The partnership wants to address this issue by focusing on the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG 2), the right of achieving universal primary education: one in four adults in the developing world - 872 million people - is illiterate; more than 100 million children remain out of school, 46% of girls in the world's poorest countries have no access to primary education. Young people who have completed primary education are less than half as likely to contract HIV as those missing an education. Universal primary education would prevent 700,000 cases of HIV each year - about 30% all new infections in this age group. These issues are quite evident in the sub-Saharan African region where the second Millennium Goal seems to be hard to achieve due to: gross inadequacy of teachers in some places of the country; Insufficiency of some school infrastructure (classrooms, sanitary facilities, etc) in some places in the country; Unfavourable socio-economic and cultural factors; Geographically hard to reach areas, hard to reach children; Low enrolment of children with disabilities, etc.
[Sources: Oxfam, UNFPA, ActionAid]
Development education (DE) is an active learning process, founded on values of solidarity, equality, inclusion and co-operation. It enables people to move from basic awareness of international development priorities and sustainable human development, through understanding of the causes and effects of global issues, to personal involvement and informed actions of European citizens and public institutions (see Development Education Forum 2004). The concept of development education is a complex and multidisciplinary, taking different forms across the EU, including awareness raising, formal, non formal and informal education, life-long learning, campaigning, advocacy, training and learning. It involves a diverse range of players, predominantly non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs), trade unions, educators, the media and public institutions.
Since 1 May 2004, there have been 12 new members to the EU, who were formerly net recipients of external assistance. They have agreed firm commitments to increase their external aid substantially in the coming years to achieve 0.10-0.17 % ODA/GNI by 2010. However, due to a number of very specific reasons, there are low levels of current public support for development cooperation. In these contexts, it is very important to strengthen civil society and to engage in greater public consultation and development awareness work to find out more about what people think about the role and responsibility of their countries in Europe and in the World.
[Sources: CONCORDE Development Education Forum]
Target and dialogue groups
The following target and dialogue groups will be involved in the project activities:
- Young people at the age of 16 to 20 years, with attention will be given to young people with fewer opportunities. Young people will participate in the information process as active citizens in order to bring in their contribution to the development of a better and fairer society.
- Educational agencies and institutions: by involving schools and universities in the participation process of the project, a first step can be made for future promotion of methods for integrating awareness-raising and development education within school curricula and in educators training: this covers teachers, instructors, educators, parents, journalists (in formal, non-formal and informal education systems)
- Local authorities: Regional authorities, provinces and cities in each partner country with their development education (DE) departments and other relevant departments, will have an active role in identifying mechanisms as well as resources to promote DE and cooperation and will be part of awareness raising mechanisms and activities
- NGOs working or being interested in development issues and education for development. It is important to strengthen the capacities of NGOs in Europe to deliver development education, to act as multipliers and mobilizers of European citizens. NGOs promote the development and adoption of quality standards and best practices relevant for and applicable in all EU Member States. They help to improve processes, quality and efficiency.
- Civil society: To address civil society, a Development Education Action Week (“Week”) on MDG 2 will be organised in each partner countries. A civil society more informed regarding global development issues, can provide critical support to reformers in their countries and helps to foster more vigorous, more efficient and coherent development co–operation policies.