Considering the inequality of wealth in the world, particularly between North and South, ITECO offers citizen education for improved solidarity
To contribute to the education of the public about North-South solidarity and international citizenship, and to strengthen the capacity for action, in order :
ITECO employ three educational stands : social and political analysis, intercultural exchange, and development education. We do this in an integrated way because all three are closely interconnected and lose relevance when considered individually.
This educational approach aims to reinforce citizens as central actors within society. It is designed to provide methods and tools for analyzing the mechanisms operating in our society. This is the mission of long life education.
Faced with a hegemonic concept of development and a society which shuts its borders to people from the South, ITECO proposes an intercultural approach based on mutual respect and helps to define the main lines of a multicultural society. This is the goal of education for intercultural exchange.
Considering the inequality of wealth in the world, particularly between North and South, ITECO offers citizen education for improved solidarity, to strengthen capacity to facilitate efforts to create a world where power and resources are shared. This is the meaning of development education.
ITECO addresses a broad audience interested in questions of development at home and abroad, social action, North-South relations and solidarity.
To achieve maximum impact, ITECO gives priority to training intermediaries, trainers and moderators including :
The basic educational system consists of four integrated dimensions that enable the participants to better understand where they stand in society, how society functions, how they can act and who could be the eventual partners.
ITECO prefers to question society and to ask what can change it, than to offer simple answers for successful development.
An important part of our educational action questions the mechanisms of power and the way these are perpetuated or challenged by individuals, social groups, organizations, and cultural models. We emphasize the importance of analyzing the ways that choices, behaviors and discourses are conditioned, and the socially explainable constraints underlying spontaneous attitudes. This reveals the steps that can lead to freer, more conscious choices geared to action.
We feel that it is helpful to be aware of what determines and conditions the participants because, once they have discovered these borders, they can negotiate choices more effectively and develop criteria for taking action.
All of our educational activities relate to this simple educational system, which embodies our conditions. We identify :
The educational work we do consists of integrating these four dimensions in a single process. Rather than transmitting knowledge to our target groups, we develop knowledge for action with them.
ITECO thus adheres to adult education methods based on active learning rather than the idea that learning is simply a transmission of knowledge. The tenet of these educational methods is that people learn better by becoming actors in their own training process. In this spirit, we enable participants’ experience and knowledge to play an important part, use active exercises, simulation games and analysis grids. This active and inductive educational method, symbolized by the compass we present to our trainees, helps us to reinforce civil society in the north as an agent for change in north-south relations.
ITECO carries out its mission by means of four educational processes :
ITECO is a training centre approved by the Ministry of the French Community of Belgium as an adult education centre. ITECO is also approved as a non-governmental organisation for development education by the Belgian Ministry of development cooperation and profits from the support from the European Commission.