Conference on Global Education 2011

Awareness for Fairness - Global Education in a South-North-Dialogue

Experts in the field of Global Education, Environmental Education and Democracy Learning from Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cameroon, Senegal and Germany met on October 20th and 21st 2011 in Berlin to discuss and exchange experiences, ideas and pedagogic concepts. In total six workshops took place, each moderated by a so called "Tandem of experts". Interested persons from schools in Berlin, NGOs, institutions and fair trade shops discussed together and developed new ideas for their own context. The conference was intented to provoke a change of perspectives as participants from the Global South and North came together and learned from each other.

Workshop 1 "Raise your voice! Strengthening civil society, enabling political participation - but how?"

Reyneris Soza from Nicaragua and Ousmane Niane from Senegal presented their experience and explained how they contribute to empowering the civil societies in their countries.


Workshop 2 "Use your body! Breaking with the colonial heritage by implementing theatre pedagogy"

We are all part of the postcolonial system and are stuck in certain ways of thinking and behaving. The concept of "decolonizing the body" is helping to break these by teaching the body to react without thinking "too long". Ana Salazar Torres and Coral Salazar from Bolivia taught the participants a variety of methods and explained, how especially teenagers can be empowered by the concept.


Workshop 3 "Watering can of vision - Commitment to Environment and Development in School and Neighbourhood"

How does environmental education support the development of a country and what do school gardens have to do with it? Rafael Silva García (N begin_of_the_skype_highliicaragua), Yohalmo Cabrera Chacón (El Salvador) and Ulla Ondratschek (Germany) presented their activities in relation to school gardens and ecological student groups and discussed together with the other participants about the role of urban gardens for the sustainable development of cities and regions.


Workshop 4 "How fair is Fair Trade? Cocoa from Cultivation to Consume - where is the Profit going?"

The concept of Fair Trade is guaranteeing more justice for the producers - but the added value for products manufactured in the South often still remains in the Global North. Greg Mewanu, cocoa farmer from Cameroon, and Judith Siller, representative of a Fair Trade Shop in Berlin, took a closer look at the global value chain.


Workshop 5 "Change the Perspective! South-North-Schooplartnerships at eye level"

Sending some letters or emails, visiting the partners once a year receiving donations - and that's it? Examples from El Salvador and Namibia showed how School-Partnerships can be organised in a different way. Yohalmo Cabrera Chacón (El Salvador) and Dr. Luise Steinwachs (Germany) shared their experiences.


Workshop 6 "Virtual worlds - South-North-Dialogue in the Web 2.0"

Many children and teenagers use social networks and chatrooms nowadays - but what are the benefit, apart from having fun in the leisure time? How can the internet be used for education "in the real world"? Rafael Silva Garcíaand Nicola Humpert presented experiences from Nicaragua and Germany.


More informations about the project "Awareness for Fairness" available at


Financed by the European Union.