Yvonne Luce, Global Education Derby, UK
(18 August 2022)
They say all good things come to an end, as the clock counts down to the official end of the Leaving No-one Behind project.
Partnership projects naturally ebb and flow. Leaving No-one Behind has been no exception to this rule. Intensive periods of energising activity have been interspersed with frustrating inactivity enforced by COVID-19 restrictions.
The last few months have been very hectic indeed and it was a great joy for our coordinators to meet in Ljubljana, Slovenia in early July 2022.
Online interaction is vital to keep communication alive, but nothing can replace face-to-face collaboration for facilitating dialogue, sharing deeper understandings, laughter and fun - especially when in a beautiful, environmentally-friendly, capital city, to awaken the senses. Human beings need to feel connected to each other, and the world around them, to function at their best.
Our training programme consolidated project learning on themes of inclusion and marginalisation with a special focus on indigenous peoples and climate justice. It was good to have time to think, talk, share and reflect - together!
We would like to thank our partner NGO Drusti Bodi Svetloba for looking after us all so well (especially in torrential rain and exceptional heat) and Gimnazija Jožeta Plečnika for their hospitality and help.
We discovered afresh just how much work has been happening unheralded in Germany, Slovenia and UK to make the Sustainable Development Goals real and meaningful to young people and their school communities. This is what Erasmus Strategic Partnerships are all about. Many of these activities are available for you to browse, use, adapt and build upon in the teaching resources section of the website.
Leaving No-one Behind may officially end in September 2022 but the work goes on.
Global Citizenship Education has never been more relevant. Promoting inclusion, so no-one is left behind, is an international educational priority. Giving a voice to young people, building the confidence of educators to make spaces for “each one to teach one” and improving provision for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are all key messages. These are the underlying principles we have sought to amplify through the teacher guidance section.
As one door closes, another one opens. We are grateful for all the friends and colleagues, old and new, who have made this project a success, with their insight and enthusiasm.
We leave behind this website as a project legacy, in the hope it will inspire others to become passionate about how global learning can help everyone achieve their potential. May it do so.