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Jan 2013 - Dec 2015 | Estonia

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Latvian Centre for Human Rights - Latvijas cilvēktisību Centrs, independent non-governmental organisation.
Latvia

The Latvian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR) was established in 1993 as an independent non-governmental organisation. LCHR works with integration (minority rights and promotion of tolerance) issues, elimination of discrimination and hate crimes/speech, asylum, migration and fundamental rights (freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, etc) issues, as well as human rights observation in closed institutions (prisons, police, immigration detention places.) LCHR conducts human rights monitoring, research and policy analysis, training of various target groups, provides legal aid to victims of human rights issues, including representation of clients before domestic and international courts. The LCHR frequently provides expert opinions both locally (to government, parliament, media, educational institutions, courts, prosecutors and lawyers), as well as internationally. The LCHR is actively involved in advocacy for change, ranging from raising public awareness to specific policy or legislative change. LCHR also publishes a daily monitor of Latvian press on minority and integration issues.

The project „Global Dimension in Social Sciences Subjects in Formal Education” was implemented by Education Development center (Latvia) in cooperation with the partners – Leeds Development Education Centre (UK) and NGO Mondo (Estonia) and the associated partner - the British Council Latvia (Latvia) from January 2013 till December 2015.

The overall aim of the project was to promote education for development and to raise public awareness of development issues in Latvia, Estonia and the UK as well as across Europe; to increase the awareness among young people about the interdependent world and to support their active engagement in creating fairer relationships in the world.

Specific objectives were to integrate DE themes across the Social Sciences curriculum, cooperate with national educational authorities to institutionalize DE in formal education, to build a network among DE experts in Latvia, Estonia and the UK and other EU countries, to develop a set of DE methodological materials and tools for measuring the effectiveness. At the start of the project the comparative Study about the place of DE/GE in the education in Latvia and other EU countries was carried out.

The outcomes of the study laid basis for the development of four DE programs. Three DE programs and study materials were developed and tested in Latvia (the program for students; the program for teachers; the program for stakeholders) and one program in Estonia (the program for schools with Russian language instruction). Each program was supplemented with a specially prepared set of study materials with hand-outs, texts, photos, descriptions of methodological strategies, etc.

The teams of 21 project schools as well as stakeholders in Latvia were educated in DE themes; the school teams during the whole run of the project implemented the diverse DE activities in their schools and local communities and introduced DE in formal education. Program materials were multiplied also in Estonia, the UK and other EU countries. Exchange visits between “hard-to-reach groups” teachers from Estonia and Latvia were organized during which the participants shared their DE experience.

The network of social sciences players in Latvia, Estonia, the UK and other EU countries was established. The cooperation with stakeholders/policy makers was organized on different levels- local and international; experts’ recommendations were taken into consideration when preparing the programs and recommendations for including DE in formal education. The forum “NGO Forum on the implementation of global education into the curriculum of formal education” took place at the end of the project during which the cooperation among the DE stakeholders from Latvia, Estonia, the UK and other EU countries was strengthened.

The criteria for measuring DE effectiveness and quality were prepared - “First Steps in Assesing Global Learning. Toolkit”. The Toolkit has been developed by Leeds Development Education Centre and was tested in UK, Latvia and Estonia. Leeds Development Education Centre held four student impact assessment forums. The forums produced in-depth information about changes in students’ knowledge and understanding and on the degree to which attitudes had shifted.

This information contributed to the Case Studies in the “First Steps in Assesing Global Learning. Toolkit”. These initial steps in designing Effectiveness Criteria have shown that:

  • Schools find it really useful to have the tools to capture specific information about the impact of global learning.
  • It is feasible to develop appropriate tools which enable teachers to see their impact on a particular group.
  • Teachers find this information helps them adjust or change their schemes of work to improve Global Learning Outcomes for their students.


  • Public relation and media work has been carried out – the home page of the project www.globalaizglitiba.lv www.mondo.org.ee; the Kick off seminar was organized at the start of the project, Summing up Seminar for national educational authorities, policymakers and Publicity seminars about the elaborated DE programs and study materials in social sciences were organized at the end of the project.
    The materials elaborated in the project have been published both in a printed and electronic versions- “Report on Study about Development Education Aspects in Social Sciences”, “Portfolio of Development / Global education materials'”, “Development Education and Study Materials GUIDE”, “First Steps in Assesing Global Learning. Toolkit” and “Recommendations on Placing Development/Global Education on School Agenda”.

    The implementation of the project has resulted in raising the public awareness about DE in Latvia and in partner countries, the capacity of Latvia’s and partner organizations to implement DE in formal education has been increased.

    The overall aim of the project was to promote education for development and to raise public awareness of development issues in Latvia, Estonia and the UK as well as across Europe; to increase the awareness among young people about the interdependent world and to support their active engagement in creating fairer relationships in the world.

    Credits: Education Development Centre (Latvia), NGO Mondo (Estonia), Leeds Development Education Centre (UK).