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CARDET welcomes new and existing readers to the sixth newsletter, issued within the framework of the project Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation (RADC). This newsletter is published every four months and contains information related to Development Cooperation and Global Education.

Since our last communication, we have been active in organising and participating in a series of events in order to mobilise the support of European citizens for the fight against global poverty and the MDG agenda. Along with its partners, CARDET launched the online Development Education Curriculum, composed of eight modules. The modules are available at www.developmenteducation.org, where we invite you to sign up. Furthermore, we published the Information Toolkit of the project, and initiated a series of online debates, accessible at the aforementioned URL.

We hope that this periodic publication provides a medium for collaboration among NGOs, universities, and individuals in order to engage in the debate on Development Cooperation and positively influence the ongoing efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

The current newsletter is the last to be published in the context of the EuropeAid project RADC. Nevertheless, we will continue our active involvement in developmental progress based on our overall mission and social agenda, through future activities and projects. CARDET commits to carry on the efforts in promoting development education and development cooperation at the national, European, and international level.

With this opportunity, on behalf of the CARDET team we would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy and peaceful new year!

Warm Regards,

Charalambos Vrasidas
Executive Director
CARDET, www.cardet.org

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Development Education Curriculum officially launched!

CARDET is proud to announce the launching of the online Development Education Curriculum, developed in the context of the EuropeAid project "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation". The curriculum is in direct alignment with the priorities of the MDG agenda, along with a special focus on gender equality and sub-Saharan Africa. The curriculum is composed of 8 online modules worth 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits each and is designed for universities, NGOs, and other organisations that offer formal and informal education on the topic and could incorporate it (or part of it) in their programme. The target audience of the curriculum mainly consists of secondary education students, university students, pre-service and in-service teachers, NGO activists, academics, and public servants.

The 8 modules are accessible through the project's online learning platform. Students complete all reading, discussions, activities, and assignments online through the Online Learning Environment (OLE). The environment for each module has been created through the use of Moodle, an open source platform that allows for the creation of OLEs and internet-based courses.

RADC Module Map

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Launch of the Cyprus Annual Social Watch Report 2012

The 2012 Social Watch Report was launched recently and included the Cyprus Annual Report, which was prepared by CARDET. CARDET is the official representative of the European and the International Social Watch Network in Cyprus, contributing annual reports on issues like social rights, migrants, education, development, and poverty eradication.

For the 2012 report, CARDET focused its analysis on the concept of "sustainable schools". CARDET argues that educational systems are key factors in sustainable development. Despite Cyprus' efforts in promoting "environmental education" in the last decade of the 20th century, the absence of adequate planning and implementation has relegated these ideas to the margins of the educational system.

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Climate Change Mission in Quest Atlantis Virtual Environment

"Climate change" was a mission designed and implemented in the virtual environment of Quest Atlantis, as part of the EuropeAid project, "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation". The particular mission was designed to raise teachers' awareness on climate change by focusing on the Millennium Development Goal of environmental sustainability. The participants were teachers taking a graduate course on educational technology at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus and the activity was part of their course. The design of the mission was simple in order to help the participants gain experience in the game, since they were not familiar with playing virtual games.

Climate Change VR screenshot

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Gate Project

CARDET, the Family and Childcare Centre (Greece) , the Defence for Children International in Italy, and the Defence for Children - ECPAT in the Netherlands recently launched the project "GATE - Guardians for separated children Against Trafficking and any form of Exploitation: Standards and Training for the qualification of guardians for separated children against trafficking and exploitation". The project has been awarded by the EU Directorate General of Home Affairs. The GATE project aims at strengthening the competences and capacities of guardianship systems against trafficking and exploitation, by creating a set of standards and educational material for guardians of separated children.

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RADC International Conference held with great success

CARDET, the Cyprus Centre for European and International Affairs (University of Nicosia), the University of Malta, the University of Piraeus Research Centre, World Vision Romania, and KOPIN Malta organised the International Conference "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation" that focused on the themes of development cooperation and development education.

The event took place within the framework of the EuropeAid Project "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation" on November 4, 2011 at the UNESCO Amphitheatre of the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.

More than 120 representatives of local, European, international, private and public institutions, along with the civil society and the academic community, participated in the conference.

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Online Debate with University students on Development Education

University students of an "Information Technology for Teachers" graduate course at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus were asked to participate in an online discussion within the Development Education Forums about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They were first asked to watch two videos and then search for relevant information on the web in order to be able to give answers to the following questions:

  1. Why are the Millennium Development Goals important?
  2. What could you do as future educators to contribute towards the achievement of these goals?

They had 30 minutes to get themselves familiar with the topic and write their responses to the two questions within the forum. Everyone was very positive throughout the process. Most of them had never heard of the MDGs before and as future educators they were eager to learn more. Reviewing their responses in the forum, one can observe the effort that was made and the interesting ideas and opinions elaborated by the students.

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Project Information Toolkit now available online!

CARDET and its partners have recently published an information toolkit on "Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation" in the context of the aforementioned EuropeAid project. The information toolkit has two main objectives. Firstly, by presenting the successful outcomes of the project, it aims to raise awareness on development cooperation and endorse the build-up of such partnerships among relevant stakeholders for further expansion of development cooperation. Secondly, the information toolkit aims to provide a theoretical framework, basic guidelines, and case studies for the integration of the proposed curriculum in the regular activities of NGOs and universities.

Information Toolkit

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Project Launch: Developing Real World Authentic Learning

CARDET, leading a consortium of partners composed by Innovade LI, the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the GC School of Careers, recently launched the project "Developing Real World Authentic Learning through the Partnership of Schools and Enterprises", funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation . The project aims to advance education by developing and applying a model of authentic learning based on real-world problem solving through collaborations between schools and enterprises. More specifically, the model will be used to design and develop a teacher training programme in order to train school staff in creating, implementing, and evaluating learning activities using authentic learning approaches so as to engage and motivate learners. Authentic learning involves complex activities based on real-life contexts so that students can draw connections between their education and the real world.

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CARDET Profile

CARDET is a non-profit research and development organisation (NGO) based in Cyprus with partners around the world. CARDET's mission is to inspire next generation education, and to promote research, innovation and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research, and empowered people.The organisation brings together some of the best minds and deepest experience from around the world with a highly energetic and passionate operational team. CARDET has successfully completed projects in more than 20 countries, in partnership with a number of private and public institutions, including EuropeAid, the Research Promotion Foundation, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, the International Council for Educational Media, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Microsoft. For more information, please visit www.cardet.org.

This project is funded by the European Union. In Cyprus, this project is implemented by CARDET. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commision.

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