We are looking for (general) adult education institutions that can identify with the methods and principles of community education, community work, civil society involvement, empowerment and lifelong learning and have implemented these in their work. Thereby we focus on institutions of general adult education that have already developed, implemented and/or tested offers, activities and methods in the field of environment and climate protection.
The project partners should provide their experience in the field of environment and climate protection with methods and principles of community education, community work, civil society involvement, empowerment and lifelong learning and are experts for the specific conditions in the selected model communities on site.
TITLE OF THE PLANNED PROJECT:
Community education in the field of environmental and climate protection as potential for civil society engagement
How can the issue of climate change be used to establish community-based approaches as development perspectives for rural communities with migration and infrastructure problems?
The current discourse on strategies for adapting to climate change is usually relatively strongly focused on urban areas. However, for rural regions - and here primarily those affected by migration and infrastructure deconstruction - climate change brings specific new challenges that can only be sustainably mastered with the involvement of citizens as an important level of action. Emigration in itself has a strong inhibiting effect on the innovative strength of a region. A smaller number of inhabitants makes the expansion of infrastructure more difficult and limits the opportunities for active participation. In addition to political regulation measures at the global level, local and regional policy debates must therefore lead to climate change adaptation strategies, which must aim, among other things, at empowering and activating citizens in order to work on sustainable solutions in the specific context of rural regions in the sense of maintaining rural quality of life despite increased challenges caused by climate change.
These can include:
- Promoting regional cycles and networking (consumption sector)
- Think and coordinate networked mobility (mobility sector)
- Promoting the village community & neighbourhood help (social sector)
- Enabling participation (Political Dialogue Division)
Climate change and strategies for adaptation to related challenges as a current and emotional topic offers the opportunity to detect potential civil society involvement with the participation of citizens, which can also be used for future challenges in the course of development perspectives for rural areas. Which methods and processes are best suited to activate this commitment and self-efficacy potential of citizens in the long term is the initial question of the strategic partnership.
- Activation and mobilization of civil society commitment via the thematic field of environment and climate protection using community-based methods.
- Raising awareness of climate change issues and thus changes in individual behavior, preferences, consumer behavior and lifestyles.
- Identification of climate change adaptation activities and opportunities of climate change especially for rural areas affected by migration and infrastructure deconstruction
- Development of options for action at the level of citizens of emigration areas with regard to climate change adaptation.
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
Based on two model communities from rural regions in each of the partner countries in which the project is implemented and methods are tested, the number of potential actors can be divided into three groups:
Group 1: Civil society as primary target group (number of inhabitants of the respective model villages)
Group 2: Political network partners - actors within the model village communities
Group 3: Regional and local network partners of the partner organizations
- Start: September 2020
- Phase 1 (September-November 2020): Preparation
Identification of model communities, detailed analysis of local conditions, researching current topic-specific local projects and methods
Meeting 1 (November 2020): Kick-off & Methods Conference - Development of the implementation phase 1 and an evaluation concept
- Phase 2 (December 2020-June 2021): Impmenetation phase / method testing 1 / evaluation 1
Activation of potentially involved citizens, application of methods from the methods conference in the first model village, evaluation
Meeting 2 (June 2021): Evaluation and adaptation conference - Systematic reflection on implementation phase 1 and preparation of the implementation phase/method testing 2
- Phase 3 (July-November 2021): Implementation Phase / method testing 2 / evaluation 2
Adaptation of the methods from implementation phase 1, Application of methods in the second model village, evaluation
Meeting 3 (November 2021): Overall evaluation & development of concept for a guide with proven community-oriented methods for activating civil society engagement through community education in the field of environmental and climate protection
- Phase 4 (December 2021-September 2022): Evaluation & guidlines
Compilation of a guide with proven community-oriented methods for the activation of civil society commitment through community education in the field of environmental and climate protection, awareness Campaign & dissemination, publication
Meeting 4 (September 2022): Final conference with project participants and stakeholders from the participating project countries to present the project results
Guidelines with proven community-based methods for activating civil society commitment through community education in the field of environmental and climate protection as a model concept for further villages and regions with similar conditions and challenges as the project model villages.