AIDGLOBAL project ends in celebration
On October 20, as part of the commemoration of the National Day of the Tower Lines, the end of the 8th edition of the project “Educate to Cooperate: the Historical Route of Tower Lines and Global Citizenship” was announced, an initiative that promoted the articulation of themes of Global Citizenship Education (EGC), with topics of the historical heritage of the municipalities involved.
The closing session of the project was held at the Forte da Casa Secondary School in the municipality of Vila Franca de Xira. It was attended by the director of the Schooling Group, José Alberto Silva, the president of the city of Vila Franca de Xira, Alberto Mesquita, the president of the Municipality of Sobral de Monte Agraço, Alberto Quintino, the president of the Municipality of Arruda dos Vinhos, André Rijo, the councillor of the culture of the Municipality of Torres Vedras, Ana Umbelino, and the councillor of Culture of Vila Municipal Council Franca de Xira, Manuela Ralha, as well as the presence of CILT technicians who actively collaborated in the initiative.
Also present was the jury of the short film contest “Invade!” organized by the Tower Lines Historical Route Association and the UK Ambassador to Portugal, Kirsty Isobel Hayes. They presented the prize to the winning group.
AIDGLOBAL was represented by Susana Damasceno, President of the Direction, who disclosed the results of the project, and by Isabel Castro, who presented the pedagogical resource “Soldier’s Backpack – From War to Peace“. The resource results from the joint work between the Association of the Historic Route of Tower Lines and AIDGLOBAL. The teaching materials that compose it gave the motto for a didactic activity held on October 21 at the CILT of Sobral de Monte Agraço. The action counted with the participation of 12 teachers, educators, tourism technicians, CILT members and their families. See the photos here.
Over these two years, the Organization has involved, within the framework of the project, 8 schools from the six municipalities that make up the HRTL, 100 teachers through various specific training sessions and didactic classes, 2050 children and youths in classrooms, school libraries, Tower Lines Interpretation Centers (CILT) and trough activities held at HRTL stronghold fortifications. Also, 30 municipal education technicians were trained in Development Education (DE), and 150 citizens integrated the activities open to the community.
In the project’s scope, pedagogical resources, geocaching courses, workshops, excursions, social gatherings and other activities that promoted the awareness of the community of DE and EGC themes were also developed and allowed to integrate into several disciplines of the formal school curriculum.
“Educate to Cooperate: Historical Route of the Tower Lines and Global Citizenship” is a two-year project by Camões – Institute of Cooperation and Language, IP, and the Montepio Foundation. It is promoted by AIDGLOBAL in partnership with the Municipal Councils of Arruda dos Vinhos, Loures, Mafra, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Torres Vedras and Vila Franca de Xira, as well as by the Eastern Loures Training Center.