Citizenship Education

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:

  • understanding the relevance of our own identity and that of others; the relationship between the individual and the community (family, peer group, friends, wider community);

  • managing normality in a multicultural environment;

  • understanding 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 ...read on

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 here...

 
 

 

                                         
   
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The project ENGAGE has been funded with support from the EU-ERASMUS+ programme |2014-1-FR01-KA200-008747|. This publication reflects the views of the authors only and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.