Monday, 23 June 2014

Organisation of the Month: ARPOK

ARPOK is a Czech non-governmental organisation founded by the Olomouc region together with Palacký University, Olomouc in September 2004.

The non-profit organisation brings global development education into schools. ARPOK helps teachers to implement current global issues (such as poverty, migration, responsible consumption), and talks about them with pupils. ARPOK also informs the general public about global issues and thus promote an open and tolerant society and the active involvement of people in the world around them. ARPOK works in close cooperation with teachers and schools to support implementing of global issues in the schools curricula in the Czech Republic and fulfils the National Strategy for Global Development Education 2011-2015.

- works with pupils (interactive workshops, project/thematic days)
- works with teachers (methodological seminars, handbooks, consultation centre, library, exhibitions)
- works with general public (discussions with experts on development issues)

 In 2013 ARPOK did:
- a strategic plan for the next 3 years was created
- 87 workshops for 2307 pupils were facilitated in schools
- participated in the project „Seniors without borders“
- succesfully reported on the first year of our EC funded project (Experiencing the World) which is led by us
- continuously cooperated with 54 teachers within 3 educational projects (Enviglob, World in One Day and Critical Review)

ARPOK regularly publishes new pedagogical materials for teachers. The most recent one created within Experiencing the World project „Jonáš cestuje“ (Jonas travels) deals with „responsible tourism“ and targets pupils of age 12 – 16 years. Pupils can compare pluses and minuses of their behaviour whilst travelling and come up with their own ideas how to be harmless during their holidays.

ARPOK actively cooperates with a number of platforms and is a member of the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation (FoRS). ARPOK is a member of Global Development Education working group within FoRS and thus one of the key actors among the global development education NGOs in the Czech Republic.

For more information please visit our website: or send us an email at

In the picture: Pupils from Lobodice Primary School testing a new workshop „In the Restaurant World“ within Experiencing the World project.

Information provided by ARPOK.

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