Education for development (ED) is a key field of Spanish cooperation. ED seeks citizen participation in the fight against poverty and social exclusion and in favour of sustainable human development.
ED makes globalised society more understandable; it sparks critical and realistic thinking, commitment and co-responsibility in the fight against poverty and promotes the acquisition of positive attitudes and values among citizens; in sum, it is the source of a global society. (“Think globally, act locally”)
The Spanish Cooperation Strategy on Education for Development defines ED as: “A formal, non-formal or informal educational process which is constantly works, through knowledge, attitudes and values, to promote a global society committed to solidarity, to combating poverty and social exclusion and to favour sustainable human development.”
We speak of an educational process to emphasise the need for ED actions not to be ad hoc, but to be planned for and directed towards different sectors of the public, whether at education centres, leisure centres or in the media.
The sectorial and cross-group principles of Spanish cooperation determine the content of ED actions.
ED includes four non-exclusive and inter-related areas:
- Awareness-raising. Actions aimed at raising awareness based on transmitting information, with a focus on rights and gender, emphasising developing skills that reveal the causes of poverty, its link with human rights violations and the structures that sustain them, as well as a deeper knowledge of the reality of the South, of interdependence and globalisation, and of the acts that affect or may affect processes that create inequality.
- Training on Development. An educational process aimed at a defined group of people providing specific teaching methodologies to develop their cognitive, procedural and attitudinal skills.
- Development research. A key element of the transformation model, it provides in-depth analysis of the problem of development and helps substantiate proposals. ED internships must be based on this aspect. The working method is based on social research techniques, with a special emphasis on those that promote research and action.
- Social action. The utmost expression of public participation, social action enables citizens to become the main actors in the fight against poverty and the promotion of human development. It favours public participation in political change and the transformation of social, economic and/or political structures.
To carry out these actions, AECID works closely with NGDOs, universities, unions and other cooperation agents on different tools, such as authorised NGDO agreements, annual calls for NGDO participation and the permanent and open call for participation (CAP).
AECID, together with the Ministry of Education, develops the DOCENTES PARA EL DESARROLLO programme (Teachers for Development), aimed at creating work networks in state teaching centres on the subject, gradually including the various actors involved.
- The Vicente Ferrer National Award for Development Education is one of the main pillars of this collective programme.
- Dissemination of the Formal Education Programme of AECID's Unit for Development Education and awareness-raising campaign aimed at students in the International Trade Fair for Students AULA. AULA is one of the main events of the year in Spain in the field of education, training and guidance, and the only event of its kind promoted by the Ministry of Education; the presence of the Unit for Development Education at AULA is therefore a unique opportunity to present its work to a large number of students, teaching professionals and families attending this important education event.
- National Meeting of Teachers of Development Education: Building Networks. Organised by AECID and the Ministry of Education. It seeks to build a space in which to exchange and reflect on the introduction of development education from the point of view of a global society in teaching centres, present and share resources and best practices in development education, and train on cross-group procedural and attitudinal content in development education.
Useful links on ED.