Awareness raising - Importance of Global Education

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What is known as “Global Education” takes place in Luxembourg, mainly in primary schools. During workshops, pupils are made aware of the subject of access to education. Through play, they learn why education is so important, and why it is not available to millions of children. They learn about the living and learning conditions of their peers in other countries and are given an opportunity to play an active part in achieving access to education for all.

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In addition, CSI raises the general public’s awareness of the subject of access to education. Exhibitions, film evenings and other activities are organised from time to time, in order to focus attention on the subject of education.

For CSI, the goal of Global Education is to give children food for thought, help them develop ideas and show them how, taking account of their own situation, they can help to achieve a fairer world.

"Act for Change" - everyone can make a difference!

Inform, sensitise, mobilise – these are the three keywords of One World Education. In the case of this activity, the focus is very much on mobilising. After pupils have been informed about global challenges and impediments to education, the aim is for them to become active themselves and endeavour to improve their own learning conditions. In this way they can do something good not only for their own class, but for the whole school. As well as school classes in Luxembourg, classes from all over the world are taking part in this project. Pupils thus inspire each other and learn that their actions can bring about changes. During this learning process they are continuously monitored by CSI.

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LEKOLI, a board game about access to education in Africa

The word “LEKOLI” comes from the Bambara language, which is spoken in many countries of Western Africa.  “LEKOLI” means “school”. The problem of non-access to education remains particularly real in Africa. This has led us to basing the game in an African context, even if many children on other continents are equally deprived of their right to attend school.

LEKOLI is intended both as a game for families and as a basic tool to support projects or encourage contemplation on the subject of access to education. The game covers many concepts and subjects. It is even more enriching when preceded or followed by a discussion with the children. 

Objectives:

The game of LEKOLI is aimed primarily at children aged between 9 and 12.

The intention is to:

  • get them to think about the importance of going to school, for themselves and for all the children in the world,
  • make them aware that the realisation of their dreams depends largely on the knowledge they acquire at school,
  • allow them to discover the obstacles that prevent many children from gaining access to education,
  • give them some tips on facilitating access to education,
  • make it clear that the game is won only if everyone has gained access to education.
  • "63 Million": 63 wooden figures as a powerful symbol

    At the centre of this activity were 63 wooden figures around 1.40 m tall representing the 63 Million children throughout the world who according to UNESCO do not have access to education. Each figure was given a profile based on the actual circumstances of a specific child in a developing country. Each school class attending an awareness workshop in Luxembourg received two figures, which the pupils were allowed to paint and decorate, following certain basic rules. From May 22nd until August 28th 2019, the figures were exhibited in the "Parc Merveilleux" in Bettembourg. After that, they moved to the shopping mall "City Concorde" in Betrange and at the beginning of November of the same year, you could see the exhibition at Belval Plaza shopping mall.

    In 2020, the 63 wooden figures were exposed in Bettembourg for a couple of months.

  • THE IDEA BEHIND THE "63 MILLION" PROJECT

    In development education, CSI has carried out the "63 million" project.

    What is the "63 million" project?

    The central point of the Roundabout is formed by 63 wooden figures of a height of about 1,40m which symbolize the 63 million children between 6 and 12 years old who, according to UNESCO, do not have access to education. Each figure refers to the reality of a child in the South who faces one or more obstacles to education (e.g. lack of school in the region, disability, poverty, child labor, etc.). These different barriers are thematized with the elementary school students in the awareness workshops. Each class receives two figures which are then colored and decorated by the students based on the real profile of a child from the South. The result is 63 very different figures, but they all have one thing in common: They are a strong symbol for the right to education for all.

  • Video "63 millions"

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CSI Luxembourg is a State-recognised NGO, which has been supporting disadvantaged and marginalised people since 1989 by launching tangible projects which aim at helping them out of poverty and which offer them better future prospects.

In addition to the development cooperation, which concentrates mainly on educational projects, CSI is also active in the field of "Global Education". This means that we organize awareness workshops in primary schools. Access to education is the focus of these workshops.

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