Stuff

Location:

Varna (Bulgaria)

Dates:

February – May 2017

The team:

Nina Gadjeva

Organisations involved:

 

Club “Young Entrepreneur” – Students’ Council of University of Economy, Varna
High School of Commerce “G. S. Rakovski”, Varna
Pro European Network, Sofia

The learning process:

 

The learning process was organised in the form of extra-curricular activities with students from the G. S. Rakovski High School of Commerce. It was decided that changing the environment and conducting the activities in an out-of-school setting would be beneficial for the learning process and would increase the attention and motivation of the learners, which is why the meetings also took place at the premises of University of Economics, Varna. The participants enrolled voluntarily from different classes from G. S. Rakovski High School of Commerce and formed a group of 16 people which stayed relatively permanent throughout the process. The group selected the topic of Stuff and engaged in a learning process, facilitated by the trainee of the GlobaLab international training for youth workers Nina Gadjeva.

The learning process was constructed around the Stuff Chapter in the in the guide “Six Steps to Global Citizenship. A Guide for Youth Workers, Youth Leaders and Trainers”. It followed the 6-steps to global citizenship process as the following tools were employed to ensure each step is well covered:

Step 1: Personal connections, The Web & Backpack of a Global Citizen;

Step 2: Broaden Horizons & Musical Chairs;

Step 3: Access to Goods, Good Boss, Bad Boss & Map an Impact;

Step 4: Action Dodgeball & Campaign;

Step 6: Backpack of a Global Citizen & Metaphorical Reflection.

Where needed, small adaptations of the tools were done, based on the needs and interests of the groups, but no major modifications of the tools (as described in the GlobaLab guide) were done. Within the process, the main issue that was explored by the learners within the broad theme of Stuff was responsible consumption. Along with the tools from the Guide, the facilitator has also invited responsible producer of bio chocolate to talk about the production process with the students.

 

The outcomes:​

The participants in the GlobaLab have improved their communication and presentation skills. Their competences in relation to leadership and teamwork have also visibly developed within the process. Throughout the process and especially in relation to Step 3, they have improved their skills in working with different sources of information, especially the ones provided in foreign languages. The creative and innovative thinking has seen an increase among many of the participants throughout the process. All of these competences go together with specific knowledge and awareness in relation to global issues and particularly around the topic of Stuff and responsible consumption.

The facilitator has also assessed her own experience as enriching throughout the work with the group. The challenges around building a working group and supportive learning and working environment, as well as a relaying information in interactive and engaging ways, were the engines that kept the facilitator developing her competences further, particularly in regards to leadership.

Moments of the GlobaLab

Testimonials:

The GlobaLab has made me reflect on my role as a citizen (…) who needs to think what, how and how many they consume, taking into consideration the footprint we leave. The learning was in a very friendly environment although not all of us knew each other in the beginning. This has made me communicate more actively with some people. I am happy I enrolled in this project as it gave me new knowledge and helped me in my team work and presentation skills. Another nice thing was that the activities took place in Varna, so I didn’t need to travel to other places to participate.

Denitsa Angelova, participant of the local GlobaLab in Varna

The series of GlobaLab training was very useful for me, as they gave me a new perspective on economics as a whole. I’ve learnt prices don’t only reflect supply and demand and that the lowest price is not always the only motivation to buy something. The activities we did were interesting and helped us think about the production line in a way, which is different from the one described in our textbooks. The meeting with a producer which works fully on producing and trading desserts from bio ingredients was very interesting and proved us that even in Bulgaria you can be a responsible producer and consumer.

Kristiyan Komanchev, participant of the local GlobaLab in Varna

The students asked me very interesting questions, which showed that they were really influenced by the topic of responsible production and consumption of products. I am happy that some young people now think about how stuff and food they use daily are being produced. I think each one of them has now recognised the need and the benefit of using as much as you really need.

Aneliya Boland, entrepreneur and producer of bio desserts, guest speaker in the GlobaLab

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