Lukas Works at PDCS since August 2016 as a program coordinator on programs focused on prevention of radicalisation and polarisation of the society (European Netwrok for Nonviolence and Dialogue, Project Grey, CEE prevent Net). From 2011 to 2016 he worked as program coordinator for People in Peril Association on projects focused on food security and rational utilisation of natural resources in Kenya and South Sudan. He studied Ecology and Geography with focus on environmental education during his magisterial studies and landscape ecology during his PhD. Studies. He taught environmental ethics and global ecology. He is also a co-founder of a local NGO Pangaea that Works on nature protection issues in the White Carpathian Mountains region and environmental education.
The project was conducted in 2019. It had 3 phases:
- Development of a teaching tool called Trip to the West (Výlet na Západ). The tool includes history facts for the teacher and background readings for students, links, videos, and a list of additional sources. It consists of 3 interactive lessons simulating a trip by bus from Bratislava to Vienna in the year 1987. The students play the roles of passengers, custom officers, border guards, and even a Secret Service collaborator. After the play, a structured discussion is overseen. The tool has been tested on a class of 14-year-old students at a secondary school.
Teacher training took place in three Slovak regions: Eastern Slovakia (Prešov), Central Slovakia (Žilina), and Western Slovakia (Trnava). Altogether, 60 teachers have been trained in the use of the teaching tool. These teachers have used the tool to teach their students.
Publishing the tool within the trainers’ toolkit, Hodnotové strety hrou, and online.
Outputs: published teaching tool, more than 500 students/pupils exposed to the teaching tool by the end of 2019.
Implementation of the simulation "Trip to the West" (Výlet na Západ) at the BellAmos private elementary school
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