Inclusive Global Learning with the Cashew in Mexico

From 28th of February to 6th of March 2019, the members of the ESD Exert Net, Prof. Rob O'Donoghue from Rhodes University (South Africa), Dr. Thomas Hoffmann from the Teacher Training Center Karlsruhe (Germany), Rajeswari Gorana (India), Marianna Svinos from bezev (Germany) and M.Sc. Wendy Morel from the Instituto Escuela (Mexico), implemented the teachers’ workshop “Inclusive Global Learning with the Cashew” in four Mexican states (Guanajuato, Mexico City, Puebla and Veracruz).

They were supported by the German non-profit organization Engagement Global, the ESD Expert Net and the Instituto Escuela. The aim was to present and work with the material “Nuez de la India – Aprendiendo con semillas” (“Cashew – A Global Learning Challenge”) in the context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), inclusive education, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as the shared challenges and perspectives from the four countries of the ESD Exert Net (India, Germany, Mexico and South Africa).

Dr. Thomas Hoffman presented the lectures “What is ESD?”, “Cashew –a Learning Unit in the Context of ESD” and “Mystery – a Learning Method for ESD”, in which he explained the main concepts and the theoretical background to understand and work with the material “Cashew – A Global Learning Challenge”, developed by bezev in cooperation with the ESD Expert Net.

Rajeswari Gorana and Dr. Thomas Hoffmann introduced the “2030 Agenda” with its 17 goals by means of two activities. A collection of photograph sets, one positive and one negative message for each of the 17 SDGs, were provided to the participants. They had to organize them under the 17 SDGs. This allowed the participants to focus on the SDGs and also to realize that many SDGs are strongly interlinked. Rajeswari Gorana introduced the teachers’ material “Teaching the Sustainable Development Goals”, developed by the ESD Expert Net. She took up SDG 1, "end poverty“, and through a reflection method showed how the SDGs are a framework for integrating ESD into the curriculum.

Rob O'Donoghue delivered a talk on "Handprint C.A.R.E”, a programme with the purpose to achieve education for sustainability based on pedagogical innovations. Marianna Svinos gave a talk on "Inclusive Education" and introduced the theoretical background of inclusion as well as how it was integrated into the development of the material “Cashew – A Global Learning Challenge”. During the group work the participants tried out the learning material and worked out its differentiation for various special educational needs. M. Sc. Wendy Morel worked with the participants to implement the material “Cashew – A Global Learning Challenge” and its adaptions.


Dates: 28th of Feb to 6th of March 2019

Cities: León, Guanajuato; Mexico City, Xalapa, Veracruz; Puebla

Local partners: Edgar Vázquez, University Guanajuato, Campus León Helio García, University Veracruzana María Campos, Secretariat of Municipal Development, Puebla Alfonso Barona, Technological University of Puebla


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