Broadly speaking, the educational field tends to perceive
citizenship education as a very broad concept in terms of
its fields, role and teaching and learning strategies. The
objective of citizenship education includes:
the relevance of our own identity and that of others;
the relationship between the individual and the
community (family, peer group, friends, wider
normality in a multicultural environment;
the role of democratic rights and responsibilities, and
active participation, in relation to civic, political,
social, economic, legal and cultural spheres of society.
Competencies and skills, needed to achieve the above goals,
are developed within the context of citizenship education.
They mainly refer to: coexistence in a community,
interaction with other people; and building of structures
that allow us to deal with emerging problems and obstacles.
Competencies and skills are closely linked to the ability to
exercise one’s civil rights and interact with relevant
public institutions when required.
These skills cannot be acquired by learning the theory only.
They need to be taught through a range of activities and
initiatives, which are undertaken not only within a
classroom, but also within the whole structure of educating
institutions (formal, non-formal, others), which should be
perceived as a model of a community, guided by the
principles of a society functioning on the fundamentals of
the constitutional democracy.
For many years, citizenship learning has been using
different educational methods, many with good gain, mainly
project-based learning, field-trips, products development
oriented and any methods utilizing peer learning for
citizenship education. The concerted approach to any
emerging problems has shown its capacity to support
children’s growth better than the use of theoretical
approaches, which do not engage thoughtful perspectives.
There are also many opportunities in and out of a daily
school life that can be used to improve and act on social
and civic competences.
Therefore, in order to develop a coherent system of
citizenship education that establishes effective strategies,
through the project ENGAGE, we have developed, collected,
tested and revised, in six countries (Austria, France,
Germany, Spain, Poland, United Kingdom), the following
various materials of active citizenship education.
These materials have been organised in three clusters:
Dimension I: Me and Others ...read on
Dimension II: Society and the World ...read on
Dimension III: Participation in Democratic Society
Each cluster includes topics associated with civic
education, and provides samples related to the activities
that can be exercised with children age 8-12. The clusters
also include a short presentation of the topic (definition,
historical background, European context, general methodology
to tackle the theme, detailed activities to be used in the
learning space, including objectives of the lesson (if
applied in school), supplies needed, duration, and a list of
web links with brief description for each of interesting and
relevant practices in different countries in Europe.
You find the materials for download in different languages