Leeds Development Education Centre, United Kingdom

Leeds DEC is an educational charity and public limited company who works in partnership with international development agencies and local structures and organizations to raise greater awareness of international development issues amongst young people and adults in the UK.

The Centre provide training for teachers and youth workers on a wide range of global issues, the use of development education methodology and the use of development education publications.

Leeds DEC believes that global development is a process of change which affects everyone. To actively involve people in this process, we aim to:
- Promote a critical awareness of personal, local and world development
- Encourage participation in decision-making at all levels of society
- Challenge attitudes and structures that contribute to poverty and inequality in all countries of the world

We are actively seeking to extend our work with the following groups:
- The formal education sector, which includes advisors, teachers, initial teacher trainers, inset providers and young people
- The non-formal education sector, which includes youth work and adult education
- Campaigning groups with a global development focus
- Local, grassroots community groups


IMVF – Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr, Portugal 

The Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr is a Non-Governmental Development Organization (NGDO) whose mission is to promote socio-economic and cultural development in Portuguese-speaking countries.

The Development Education projects carried out in Portugal and in Europe, rely on an educational process through which IMVF intends to enhance the perception and critical conscience of the world in which we live in, drawing the attention of the civil society to the:
- Local and global inequalities and the interdependencies between North and South countries;
- Importance of Sustainable Development;
- Commitment on the transforming action based on justice, equity and solidarity;
- Promotion of any person and every people’s right and obligation to take part and contribute to a sustainable and full development.

For this Education for Social Justice Project, IMVF challenges secondary and 2/3 basic schools to work on values and the development of a active citizenship attitude inside the education community. A partnership networked methodology, building on already existing projects and schools initiatives, training the teachers to deliver participative learning and support young people actions at school – targeting an idea of global justice, from school to the world.


Open Education Center, Bulgaria

Open Education Center is a leading NGO in the field of Education for Democratic Citizenship and General Education developing New Educational Technologies, Models of Educational Changes Management, Programs for Civic Education, Professional Development of Teachers, Programs for Training and Development of School Boards and NGOs, with more than 50 publications on Civic Education.

Working with Council of Europe, UNESCO and UNDP , Open Education Center  have developed National and Regional Programs in the field of Education for Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights Teaching, Intercultural Cooperation, Enterpreneurship Education, Education in Sustainable Development, etc.

Open Education Center had facilitated the development of a Network of youth educational centers, which has become in a significant coalition for the educational changes in the country. The centers are independent NGO's with growing influence in the local communities.

Open Education Center and the network Open Education organize trainings in all center's programs, in development of educational projects as well as training and consulting of NGOs.



Jaan Tõnisson Institute, Estonia

Jaan Tõnisson Institute is an Estonian NGO established in 1991 with the aim of promoting democratic values in society. It specialised in civic, human rights and global education and runs various projects with a large number of partners from Estonia and abroad. The Institute carries out research and organizes trainings and seminars involving teachers, students, NGOs, politicians as well as government and local government officials. It also prepares literature and materials for schools and the public especially on issues of civic participation, human rights, global issues and multiculturalism.

JTI runs a portal on global issues for teachers www.maailmakool.ee  and for young people noorte.maailmakool.ee


Glen Latvija, Latvia

“GLEN Latvia” is a politically independent non-profit organization which is active in the field of development co-operation and education. Main purpose of GLEN’s activity is to raise awareness about global development issues in Latvia. As an organization consisting of young people who resist narrow and self-concentrated world-view, it is committed to the ideas and values of sustainable development and global justice.

In 2008 “GLEN Latvia” is running two development co-operation projects in Georgia financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and EC Youth in Action Programme. This year two Latvian participants are also taking part in joint GLEN Network projects in Tanzania and Vietnam.

“GLEN Latvia” is on of the twelve partners in the GLEN Network (Global Education Network) for education in the field of development issues and development cooperation policy. GLEN is currently is joined by 12 partner organizations from 12 European countries.

“GLEN Latvia” was legally established in 2005 and is member of Latvian Platform of Development NGOs (LAPAS).


IAS - Institute for African Studies, Slovenia

IAS work on informal education on topics like development education, schools for the 21st century, multiculturalism, active and global citizenship. In addition in 2008 during the Slovenian presidency and to end of this year, IAS was implementing on migration (causes, pull and push factors of migration, the role of the youth as active citizenship) and development education and advocates that such themes should be included within the education curriculum in secondary schools and above. It has as well organised national and International conferences, cooperated with other NGOs in Slovenia, EU and Africa on common and different themes. The Institute for African studies has been given the status of partnership as useful and reliable NGO by the ministry of Education and the municipality of Ljubljana.


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