Make the Link: Technology challenging poverty


Make the Link is a three year EC-funded education project that started in January 2013. Carried out in four different EU countries the project will raise young people's awareness and understanding of global issues and how their own behaviours impact the developing world.

The project integrates global issues into the science and technology curricula policy and practice in the UK, Cyprus, Poland and Italy. The material produced will focus on Technology Justice, the right of all people to have access to equipment, knowledge and skills that enable them to live a life they value without harming others now or in the future… and how this relates to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

As a result of the project over 750,000 children in the EU aged 7-19 will be able to:

  • Make the link between science and technology and the MDGs/poverty reduction
  • Make the link between their behaviour and the impact on the developing world
  • Make the link… then make a difference.

Technology Justice and Global Education methodologies (such as learner-centred, participatory and dialogue-led teaching) will be incorporated into exciting teaching materials, in a programme that includes schools outreach, teacher training and policy advocacy.

The geographical focus of the project is on sub-Saharan Africa.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Coordinator: Practical Action, UK,

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Target groups: education authorities, policy makers, teachers, trainee teachers

Topic: Information technology, Technology

Start year: 2013

End year: 2016


Contact person: Sotiris Themistokleous, sotiris (at)

The project aims to collect materials on related strategy and policy documents and well as resources related to curriculum development. They will all be available online in a searchable e-library:

Throughout the project, a set of online and printed resources will be developed, reaching over 13,000 teachers, while training will be provided to more than 1,600 teachers. Partners expect to gain the support of over 200 key influencers and decision-makers for the project, resulting in the integration of global issues into the policy and/or high level practice at national and European context.

In a searchable e-library, teachers can search material under four distinct sections:

  • Books & Articles
  • Media
  • Strategies & Policies
  • Curriculum

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