We support integration of development education at universities and high schools in Slovakia by raising awareness of global issues and our role in making a positive change in the world.
Development education emphasizes learning in a global context. It aims at raising awareness of development issues and taking responsibility for the global community. Development education plays a significant role in enhancing understanding of the reasons of inequalities in the world and searches for possible solutions to transform social, political and economic conditions affecting lives of societies around the world.
Within its Development Education program, the Pontis Foundation focuses on integration of development education at universities through active cooperation with academics and teachers. As the Slovak teaching community is getting more and more engaged in the field of development education, we aim to provide university lecturers with the most recent updates to support knowledge exchange among them and their students. Essential for our work is creating and providing lecturers with methodical and educational materials. We also focus on coordinating a working group of academics – both university lecturers, researches, but also the NGO representatives – to create a network of active experts in the field of development education. After successful implementation of the first pilot mini-course about development education in Slovakia at the Slovak Agricultural University together with our partners, we aim to establish the first study course of development in the long run.
In order to learn more about development education and our activities, please visit the website www.unidev.info - a project implemented by the Pontis Foundation (Slovakia) and our partners the NGO Support Centre (Cyprus) and Kimmage Development Studies Centre (Ireland).
Further, we bring development education to high schools and business academies through cooperation under our Kenyan project Sote ICT. Slovak students get an opportunity to work with Kenyan practice companies – they trade with each other virtually, exchange emails, brochures, catalogues, communicate through email or Skype. This is a great opportunity not only for gaining some practical experience, but also for improving intercultural communication skills and erasing various stereotypes. To learn more about the project, please see here.
New Presidency Digest on Empowering Women in Technology
September 2, 2016
Pontis Foundation regularly publishes a magazine that addresses current development issues.
Second trade fair of training companies and Sote Hub Launch got our Kenyan project to the next level
July 27, 2016
Young skilled Kenyans showed their skills and business ideas.
New literacy and the changemaker generation
May 25, 2016
Why empathy is as important as reading and math?
Ken Banks: Technology for social good
April 13, 2016
Ken Banks has spent 25 years in social development with an emphasis on the role of new technology.
Development through entrepreneurship
December 16, 2015
How the joint Slovak-Kenyan programs help the Kenyan youth to improve their chances for employment and entrepreneurship.
Read about these young, motivated graduates who are starting their first business
December 14, 2015
Interview with Gift Mtambo and Robert Mburu, who are starting a marketing company to support the economy in their county.
AMY GILLET: Enterprises Play a Key Role in Alleviating Poverty
December 9, 2015
Amy Gillet specializes in designing and delivering entrepreneurship programs in emerging market countries to foster development.
Geoffrey Mwachari: Success is the fruit of hard work and patience after many failures
December 2, 2015
Meet Geoffrey Mwachari, a young developer, who says that thanks to Sote ICT his dream of exploring computers became alive again.
Texting towards a better business
December 1, 2015
What happened when women in three countries were offered bite-sized bits of business know-how via mobile phones
Rilli Lappalainen: “Learning is the key to tackling the whole topic of global citizenship education”
October 8, 2015
Rilli Lappalainen, Secretary General of Kehys, on the importance of education in achieving sustainable development.