Institut equalita started in February 2019 the project Culpeer4Change. The objective of the project is to implement Cultural and Peer-Learning Concepts (CLPC) in formal and informal education to develop young people's awareness and critical understanding of the interdependent world and globalised society. CLPC means to implement cultural activities like theatre, music, dance, circus etc. between peer groups as innovative approaches for Global Learning in schools and other educational institutions.
Cultural Peer Learning Concepts become more important as pedagogical methods. The project aims to contribute by CLPC to 3 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030-agenda. Their realization is a challenge not only for governments but the more for Local Authorities and for the Civil Society. They imply a change of perspective in Global Learning Education: the SDGs are compulsory for Europe too; thereby all countries have become „developing countries“. On top Europe is challenged by a huge amount of refugees, due to global interdependences, inequalities and injustices.
These challenges require new innovative approaches in development education. The Cultural Peer-Leaning Concept (CPLC) is well suited for applying on the SDGs in formal and non-formal education. CPLC has been developed and successfully tested in five European countries by the project “Strengthen Cultural Cooperation” (2012-14). Culpeer4Change intends to implement this innovative concept with the involved LAs and CSOs in Global Learning curricula and practice in schools and in places outside formal education in all partner countries.
The official title of the project is” “Culture and Peer-Learning for Development Education - to engage youth for SDGs on climate change, children rights and migration, focusing on refugee issues”. It will ran until January 2022 and is co-funded by the Europaid program of the European Union.
Objectives of the project
The project intends to raise public awareness on development policies and to promote development education by CPLC. Its objective is to implement CPLC activities in formal and informal education, covering 3 SDG topics:
- SDG-Goal 13 – “Take urgent Action to combat climate change” – causes and impacts will be demonstrated within development education, supported partners and youth groups of the Global South.
- SDG-Goal 16.2 – “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children” - children’s rights are a focus of the action, supported by 12 youth groups of the South.
- SDG 10.7 – “Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration” - causes and impacts of migration and flight are a focus of the action, facing the challenge of refugee issues in Europe.
The project intends to support LAs and political decision makers to implement CPLC as innovative method in formal and informal education, to engage youth for SDG topics climate change, children rights, migration and flight. With this the action will foster: the change of perspectives and attitudes and let the youth take over responsibility as Global Citizens for changes on the local level at least.
Implementing CPLC in formal and informal education will support young people to develop critical understanding of causes and impacts of climate change, violation of children’s’ rights, migration and flight. The project will help to integrate CPLC in school curricula for Global Learning and exercise the methods in practice of schools and informal learning. This Global Learning results political action in the local field.
By cultural performances and workshops 12 youth groups of the Global South will present their view on SDGs. In each partner countries at least one group per year will stay for at least one week. This will support to raise awareness on SDGs climate change, children rights, migration and flight in public and to integrate this in development education in schools and places outside formal education.
Cultural Peer-Leaning Concept for development education will be presented in 7 public conferences in 6 EU countries and Tanzania; with a highlight 2019 in European Cultural Capital Plovdiv. It helps to achieve the acceptance of EU politicians and public for the concept and to establish it in Global Learning Education.
An internet platform on Global Learning Education will provide e-learning courses, blogs, online-quiz, videos, audios, chat-rooms, library and other OERs on SDGs climate change, children rights, migration and flight in 6 languages for use in schools and informal education.
Developing innovative public relation action like 6 mural painting and 360 public cultural events in all partner cities will link global education of youth, political action and public awareness raising on the SDGs climate change, children rights, migration and flight, with focus on refugee issues.
- Pupil, students and youth in formal and informal education in the participating EU countries, involved in CPLC activities, cultural presentations and workshops
- Teachers, school administrations, pedagogues in youth centres, parents, local NGOs and volunteers reached by CLPC activities, performances, workshops and conferences.
- Local Authorities, politicians and decision makers, media and the public involved in CPLC activities and conferences, reached by internet platform PR, murals and other actions.
- Final beneficiaries are the local population and the general public not directly addressed by CLPC activities, but informed by involved stakeholders, multipliers media.
The City of Cologne is coordinator of the project. The German partners Institut equalita and Bürofür Kultur- und Medienprojekte will prepare and coordinate the visits of the cultural groups from the South, the production of materials, the online platform and the activities in Germany. 15 partners from Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland and Slovenia will implement the action in their countries.
2 partners from Tanzania and Bolivia will coordinate activities on their continents and contribute to SDG issues, especially to refugee topics. Associates are 12 cultural youth groups and socio-cultural projects of the Global South, involved from the beginning in the conception, implementation and evaluation of the activities.
Important stakeholders are education institutions, like schools, youth clubs and departments, teachers’ and parents’ associations, local SCOs of the educational sector.