The 8th edition of AIDGLOBAL’s most emblematic project “Educar para Cooperar: a Rota Histórica das Linhas de Torres e a Cidadania Global” (Educate to Cooperate: The Historical Route of the Lines of Torres and Global Citizenship) aims to raise awareness of the themes and values of Education for Global Citizenship (ECG), in articulation with the themes of the heritage of the Historical Route of the Lines of Torres.
This project involved teachers, students, local development actors, and citizens from the six partner municipalities.
The six municipalities that integrated the project were: Arruda dos Vinhos, Loures, Mafra, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Torres Vedras and Vila Franca de Xira.
The 8th edition of the project lasted 23 months and took place between 1 September 2015 and 30 August 2017.
To help citizens from six municipalities to understand the causes related to development problems, starting from the heritage of their municipalities, with a view to promoting Global Citizenship that is active in the construction of fairer, more equitable and sustainable societies;
To develop resources and train students, teachers and local development actors in the themes and values of Education for Development (ED) in order to mobilise them for the promotion of Global Citizenship, starting from the link between ED and the heritage of the Historical Route of the Lines of Torres;
The study “Journeys to Citizen Engagement: Action Research with Development Education Practitioners in Portugal, Cyprus and Greece”, in which the ED Group of the Portuguese NGDO Platform played a very relevant role, recommends linking the needs of people to local realities, making citizen engagement relevant to the local context and local communities. To achieve global transformation, we must start at local and individual level, the authors state, reinforcing the importance of involving people in action on local issues and, whenever relevant, enabling connections at global level.
In this project, it was decided to connect ED to the realities of the six partner municipalities and to the identity of the communities, through the exploration of the heritage of the Historical Route of the Lines of Torres.
There are many possibilities to explore the heritage of the RHTL in the light of Global Citizenship. War and Peace, Sustainability of Natural Resources and Human Rights are just some of the themes that can be addressed from the heritage, meeting the general idea that it is important to learn from history in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past and to create a better future.
 OLIVEIRA, Sandra; SKINNER, Amy (2014); “Journeys to Citizen Engagement: Action Research with Development Education Practitioners in Portugal, Cyprus and Greece”. DEEEP
WHAT WE HAVE DONE?
- 6 Training Actions;
- Workshops on Education for Global Citizenship;
- Awareness-raising of 12 2nd and 3rd cycle classes on the themes of GCE;
- Study on the connection between the heritage of the Historic Tower Line Route and Global Citizenship;
- Pedagogical case to support study visits to the Lines of Torres Interpretation Centres (CILT);
- Learning Circles for CILT technicians;
- Development Education Weeks in all participating schools;
- Creation of Geocaching trails on Global Citizenship;
- Conference “The Lines Historical Route and Global Citizenship”.
The didactic-pedagogical resource “Mochila do Soldado – Partir da Guerra para a Paz” was conceived in the scope of the project “Educate to Cooperate: the Historical Route of the Lines of Torres and Global Citizenship”. It is freely accessible to teachers, educators and heritage professionals who wish to contribute to fairer, more equitable and sustainable societies.
Throughout the years AIDGLOBAL has established partnerships with several organizations who connect with our mission. AIDGLOBAL thanks all public and private entities for the support shown in our work, in the certainty that we will continue our path towards creating change for a more just and equitable world through Education.