GEAR: Global Education Active Response

GONG is implementing a project in collaboration with schools and civil society organizations from five European countries with the aim of improving programs for social inclusion and citizenship / intercultural education.

The project GEAR: Global Education and Active Response for Protection of Human Rights, Inclusion and Democratic Values in Intercultural Societies aims to build on the existing programs for social inclusion and civic/intercultural education of youth and teachers implemented by the project partners, programs developed both by schools and CSOs.

Some of these individual programs have a long tradition of implementation at national levels in each country, but they will be enhanced and upgraded in accordance with the actual needs and expanded transnationally, as well as enabling a transnational exchange of existing successful practices among partners and teachers in different countries.

The goal of the GEAR project is to contribute to intercultural understanding through cooperation of CSOs with formal education systems, teachers and students and encourage exchange, improvement and up-scaling of existing best practices of global, civic and intercultural learning among schools at local, regional, national and transnational levels. Its general objective is to prevent violent radicalisation and to promote democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship.

This project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The Civil Society Organisations involved in the project are GONG, Nansen Dijalog Centar (Croatia), Mirovni Inštitut (Slovenia), Gruppi di Solidarieta’ Internazionale Italia – GSI Italia (Italy), Fundación Educativa y Asistencial Cives (Spain) and Nansen Dialogue Centre Skopje (Macedonia), and the schools involved in the project are Ekonomska i turistička škola Daruvar, Osnovna škola Siniše Glavaševića, Osnovna škola Dalj (Croatia), OSTU Gostivar and MPS Liria (Macedonia).

As part of the project the following activities are planned:  trainings for teachers at the national level and a three-day transnational exchange and teacher training, trainings for young promoters of tolerance and interculturalism at the national level and two-day transnational exchange and training for youth, planning and implementation of school projects focusing on the themes of inclusiveness and protection of human rights in local communities, quality assurance and improvement of educational programs in the partner countries, and national and transnational networking and exchange of best practices related to promoting democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship.

Project is co-fundeed by EU  Erasmus+ program. More information about the project and the activities that will be carried out as part of it can be found here.