Walk the Global Walk: the project that involved more than 1500 young people in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals comes to an end

Walk the Global Walk: the project that involved more than 1500 young people in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals comes to an end

Walk the Global Walk: the project that involved more than 1500 young people in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals comes to an end

10 Schools mobilized in partnership with the Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira.

Between December 2017 and August 2021, the Walk the Global Walk project took place in Portugal by AIDGLOBAL in partnership with the Vila Franca de Xira City Council.

Over three years, spaces for reflection and opportunities for dialogue were created so that young people and teachers could think about the multiple issues related to Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development. The membership of 10 schools in the Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira, the approximately 40 teachers and more than 1500 students covered are the result of the effort developed between European partnerships, local authorities and respective communities and are also a reflection of the will to create an innovative model of Education for Global Citizenship that integrates the Development issues, addressed in the 2030 Agenda, and that is adaptable to the formal education curricula. Get to know the schools involved and youth leaders.

Within the scope of the project, trainings for accredited teachers, Educational Courses, International Schools, Youth Leadership Workshops, Action Planning Workshops and Peer to Peer activities (from students to students) were carried out that sought to create a capable innovative educational model to respond to the complexities of today’s world.

The pedagogical resources created in the context of this project represent a way to achieve this goal. They contain proposals for activities that are structured according to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to which the resource is subject. Endowed with a transversal approach, associated with the human, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development, this type of material allows the teacher to work not only in the context of their subject, but also in an interdisciplinary perspective, in accordance with a pedagogical approach that privileges the learn-think-act, inviting students to critically reflect on the knowledge learned. Between 2017 and 2021, 3 pedagogical resources were created under a specific SDG: – Inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and communities, in 2018/2019, in 2019/2020, and – Peace, Justice and Effective Institutions, in 2020/ 2021. Learning guides on youth leadership in favor of the SDGs were also produced.

The Walk the Global Walk project ends in 2021 with a global walk that brought together more than a hundred young people, including 70 young leaders, in a global movement centered on SDG 16.

The meeting, hosted by comedian Pedro Luzindro, kicked off with a brief overview of the initiative, by Susana Damasceno, Founder and President of AIDGLOBAL, and Patrícia Alves, employee at the Department of Education and National Coordinator of the WGW Project at the Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira (CMVFX). The spoken word was followed by the sung word, with the Band Sebastião Antunes & Quadrilha writing the beginning of the path with letters that are “grãos por semear” (grains for seed), in a land where “juntos somos mais fortes, para quem depois vier” (together we are stronger, for whoever comes later).

The message “We are walking for a better world” marked not only the campaign carried out under this initiative, but also the third and final edition of Walk the Global Walk, which does not end in the cycle that ends with the end of the project. On the contrary, it endures in that, over three years, it has given young people and their teachers the knowledge, resources and skills needed to become active, global citizens.

The Walk the Global Walk project was co-financed by the European Commission and Camões ― Institute for Cooperation and Language I.P. 12 countries were involved: Italy, France, Cyprus, United Kingdom (Wales and Scotland), Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, 11 civil society organizations and 20 partner entities, including AIDGLOBAL, in partnership with the Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira.

AIDGLOBAL ― Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development) is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects within the scope of Education for Development and Global Citizenship, in Portugal, and programs within the scope of Literacy in Mozambique. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.

To watch the walks corresponding to the years 2019 and 2020, click here e here.

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