Activities are addressed to:
• trainers involved in global education
The first target group are practitioners, persons engaged in activities in the field of global education - staff active in education and training. Due to the desire to strengthen the activities of global education organisations participating in the project will encourage people willing to teach in this area - the leaders of local organisations (NGO-s) - who already have experience in conducting classes for adults - active in education and training.
All persons involved in the training have a need to improve their qualifications and skills in the field of global education and they will declare their willingness to participate in the project.
Experience and knowledge acquired within this project will contribute to the further learning of trainers and other staff and - in result - of adult learners.
• decision makers – members of organization’s board
The board of directors will be involved mainly in the first and last transnational project meeting. They are responsible for the management impact of this project and preparing the Kolping 2020 Strategy. The boards are also involved, because their support for European projects is crucial within the organizations. They have also influence on further activities. They need to see that is a great possibility to learn from other European partners (e.g. regarding good practice, organization, networking).
Fundacja Dzieła Kolpinga w Polsce (Kolping Foundation in Poland) , with the headquarter in Krakow, was registered in 2007 as a joint Polish-German initiative to support and strengthen the co-operation of the development of civil society and of the protection of human rights and freedom in Poland and developing countries, East Europe, Africa and Latin America.
Foundation’s activity is carried out in the areas of education, culture, social support and self- including:
• initiating and supporting social projects in the country and abroad
• organizing seminars, conferences, meetings and workshops, courses and other forms of education, including supporting the international exchange of experience in the field of global education
• conducting educational activities to professionalise qualifications
• co-operation with local authorities, government and NGOs by educational and publishing activities.
According to the statute the Foundation has realized from 2008:
• awareness-raising actions on global education and development aid (30 actions)
• actions to support people in developing countries (relations with the diocese El Obeid in South Sudan)
• preparation of volunteers for action in the field of EG and fundraising activities, campaigning (eg, support for missionaries in Bolivia)
• a program to build civil society in Belarus (contacts with the diocese of Minsk-Mohilev to set up self-help groups and to lead projects).
Kolpingwerke.V.(the International Kolping Society) is now active in 20 European countries and organized as a democratic membership association. The around 305,000 members in Europe are organized in 3,000 local groups and, via their respective country organizations, form National Organizations that are united in the International Kolping Society. On European level the organization has networked and merged into a working group, the so-called European Kolping Society.
Due to its historical roots and its programme the Kolping Society feels especially committed to the European idea and co-operates intensively with the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. Since 1974 it has participatory status as a NGO with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
The association is committed to promoting education and formation (through seminars, meetings, conferences, political educational events, promotion of Kolping educational institutions) and supports international understanding and co-operation.
The contribution of the International Kolping Society goes in fact far beyond further trainings and training of multipliers. International Kolping Society considers it of great importance that the transnational contacts are also reflected in concrete actions and partnerships. These are marked by practised solidarity, intercultural learning, promotion of democracy and dealing with Europe’s vision of the future. Reflection and further development of the contents of work take place in regular meetings.
Slovenian Kolping society is a non-governmental catholic organization working in Slovenian since 1993 and it’s formed by 46 local Kolping families and 1005 members.. The organization is based on Christian values, social responsibility for society and caring for the Global World problems through education and information dissemination.
Through our activities we wish people to develop their skills and talents, and to responsible organize their life. Our filed of work contains educational activities, social and professional formation actions. We support the personal development of persons, we encourage the association and the dynamic of the communities, we promote the involvement of members in the associative work at local, national and European level.
The Lithuanian Kolping Society is a non-governmental catholic organization working in Lithuania since 1993. The organization is based on Christian values, social responsibility for society and caring for the Global World problems through education and information dissemination. Main areas of work are:
• Non-formal education for different age groups: youth, young adults, elder people and seniors (traineeships, projects, workshops)
• Social projects (non-profit camps for youth, global education and cooperation projects, also civil society projects).
• Social activities (fundraising, social shares, charity events, events for Kolping society as international organization).
• Exchange programs on international level (youth in action, 50+ projects for seniors and etc).
• Activities based on work with members of their local communities, e.g. experience sharing between generations, youth activities educational activities and etc.
The Lithuanian Kolping Society unites around 400 persons in Lithuania of different age. Their work and participation is based on the ideas of blessed A. Kolping.
Kolping Romania is an NGO structured at national level, composed by 77 local associations and 2,450 members.
In 1858, in Romania was founded the first Kolping association, but in 1948 its activity was prohibited by the communist regime.
Kolping Romania was refunded in 1994.
Over the years, the relevant projects and programs focused upon community development, technical assistance for NGOs, trainings, non-formal education (including global education) participatory democracy, active citizenship, youth, social economy.
Kolping Romania has two Training Centers, which offers the possibility for professional education in tourism.
The Kolping Society in Slovakia, established in March 1995, is an association focusing on social issues and education. Our objectives are aimed at both preparation and implementation of projects. Besides we are trying to play an active role in helping the unemployed to access the labour market as well as to develop social assistance on the volunteering basis, to sensitize public to the problems of disadvantaged groups and to motivate them to set up in business. Other goals include: to stimulate community-orientated activities at local level, to foster tolerance and democracy, to support projects in the regions which are ethnically varied, to prepare projects aimed at equality of opportunities for marginalized groups, to encourage small projects at local and regional levels, partnership projects within EU and the International Kolping Society, to participate in the projects in the third world countries.
The Kolping Society in Slovakia has been successful in building up local communities as a part of the civic society to enlarge its social capital. Nowadays, Kolping Slovakia consists of 10 local associations called Kolping families. There are more than 100 members in 10 towns and villages who are united under the motto "help for self-help". Our umbrella-organization supports their activities and carries out projects for the benefit of people in need (children, the youth, seniors) and local communities in order to improve their skills and knowledge.