In the Game for the Planet we started from the conditions in which present-day society finds itself. Significant global problems concerning the poor South and the rich North make us begin to function in a complicated world cycle.
In such a situation, the mission of formal and non-formal education as a lifelong process of forming a person is growing dramatically. We are educated about the different countries of the world, their capitals and mineral wealth, but we do not perceive the context of cultural, spiritual and immaterial wealth.
We do not see how today’s man in Central Slovakia affects countries and people on the other side of the globe. We forget that we have limited resources on our planet. Each of us has a personal responsibility for the future of our planet. If we want the situation to change, we need to realise that partial solutions exist, and we can point them out mainly by global issues being conveyed in a more human and sensitive fashion.
An important point in this process is the understanding of the human-human and human-earth relationship. Through the project, we wanted to highlight the value of understanding the importance of education and learning about global topics at any age. That is why we decided to organise lessons on Game for the Planet 1 and Game for the Planet 2 during one academic year. Students in this process were not only passive recipients of education, but became active co-creators. Within the subject, our vision was to look through some of the topics of global education through effective learning. One of the aims of the course was to create and implement a service-learning micro-project on a selected topic of global education. We tried to focus on the key topics of global education with regard to the professions that we are preparing in the individual study programmes at the Faculty of Education of MBU and which we, as university teachers, consider necessary to integrate into higher education. Micro-projects were realised under the following names:
- Bio-garden – social services home Ladomerská Vieska
- Eco-workshop – Fončorda Community Center
- Finances for non-financials – Diocesan Catholic Charity, Homeless shelter
Our aim was to point out the dimension of interconnectedness and context in the given topics and to reflect on how each of us has an impact on others and also on the environment. At the same time, we have created space for a discussion that none of us has no responsibility. We consider it important for Matej Bel University students to be educated in active citizenship and thus contribute to the creation of a democratic and sustainable society at both local and global levels.