Thursday, 2 August 2007

DEEEP Development Education Summer School 2007

The 2007 Development Education Summer School, co-organised by DEEEP and the Slovak NGDO Platform was held near Bratislava, Slovakia, from June 26th to July 3rd. Around 100 participants from more than 36 countries (26 EU countries, and 10 from developing countries) met in Casta-Papiernicka for a week-long learning process during which they tackled the issue of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the role played by development education. Several experts, from international organisations as well as NGOs gave the participants the opportunity to broaden their knowledge on MDGs. The choice of MDGs was not casual: 2007 represents the mid-term point towards the achievement of the MDGs.

Participants were divided into 5 working groups - Group A: Politicians and decision makers; Group B: Media; Group C: teachers and youth movements; Group D: Migrants organisations and diasporas; Group E: Business and companies - each joined by a facilitator and another expert - called at the summer school the ‘devil's advocate’- who closely followed the participants’ learning process. During the last plenary session, participants presented the outcomes of their discussions and debates in order to share with everyone the work they carried out during the week. A lot of space was also given to the participants so that they could easily meet each other - in the open space sessions or the audiovisual market, just to name a few.

For more information on the 2007 Development Education Summer School (incl. the daily summer school newsletters), please visit the following websites: and
A final report will be available around mid September.

Save the date for next year’s Development Education Summer School, which will be held in the Netherlands, with once more a very topical issue: “Getting global poverty on the European political agenda through development education, campaigning, advocacy”. For more information visit or contact DEEEP Information Officer Chiara Tripepi at:

Information provided by Chiara Tripepi, DEEEP

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