Training and lectures

Gold in your laptop, coltan and copper in your mobile phone, a beautiful silver jewel, etc… metals and minerals are incorporated into everyday products in many ways. Due to a large demand, the prices of these mineral resources are increasing exponentially. However, large-scale mining often creates intense conflicts: the social, economic, cultural and ecological impact is often disastrous. The gold is exported while the local population is left with social conflicts, a polluted environment, water scarcity and little hope for a better future. The production of just a 28 gram gold ring, creates around 40 tons of toxic mine waste. Despite the risks for public health and the environment, the neoliberal economic model gives complete freedom to large multinationals to do what they want. However the power balance is slowly shifting…

CATAPA takes you, with with impressive photos and video footage, to the paradise of North Peru and the current CONGA-case, and explains to you in detail how David is fighting Goliath. This story makes clear why the issue of ‘natural resources’ in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America is so high on the agenda. A brief analysis of the context of the globalised world further shows how Europe is responsible, and what the average Belgian can do about it.

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Higher Education: Through our expert database you get an overview of experts and guest lecturers that can offer workshops and lectures on various topics, including: the impacts of mining on the environment, on the economy, on society, policy, the financial sector, certification, oil and gas extraction etc… 

Plata o Plomo: the Golddiggers' Game - simulation workshop

Do you want to learn more about (gold) mining issues in Latin America? Do you want to experience how it feels to be one of the many stakeholders in a conflict that results from the search for gold? Then immerse yourself in the case of La Colosa, by taking the role of one of the many stakeholders in a simulation game and negotiating with the other stakeholders. With the help of CATAPA, you will learn more about the social, environmental and economic consequences of mining and about the interests of the many stakeholders.

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Secundair onderwijs: De workshop 'uw gsm is goud waard voor Noord en Zuid' vertelt over de impact van de goudkoorts op de gezondheid, het milieu, de economie en de samenleving in het Zuiden én hoe het anders kan.


A sweater made from oil? A cell phone containing gold? We tend to forget that our belongings are made with natural raw materials such as oil, copper or iron ore. Many of these raw materials have to come from far away and are slowly getting exhausted. Moreover, they are extracted with little respect for people and the environment. Together with Broederlijk Delen, Bos+ and Studio Globo, CATAPA teaches students about resource issues, with the project Second Life @ School. They also work together on creative solutions for these problems. More info: www.second-life.be


Primary education: With ‘The treasure of Gold Land’ (De schat van Goudland), children are, through play, made aware of the consequences of gold extraction in Latin America, that is necessary for the production of electronics such as mobile phone, laptops and computers. Through a simple guide a teacher can quickly plan four educational activities around the theme of mining, culminating with the game ‘The treasure of Gold Land’. Ask through the contact form for the guidelines and the game, or watch the PowerPoint for extra information.

Associations, organizations and other groups: Through our expert database you get an overview of experts and guest lecturers that can offer workshops and lectures on several themes, including: the impacts of mining on the environment, on the economy, on society, policy, the financial sector, certification, oil and gas extraction, etc… 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and/or the calendar on our website for interesting workshops, lectures by experts and testimonies from local communities.