Democratic citizenship education – EU CONVINCE workshop

he EU Convince Training workshop “Successful good practices on Democratic citizenship education and teaching EU common values” took place in Rome on the 31st January. The workshop aimed to provide EFEE, ETUCE and ESHA member organisations with the opportunity to present, disseminate and scale-up good practises in other different contexts and educational settings. The objectives also included discussing teacher training support as well as possible solutions to tackle challenges encountered by education stakeholders when teaching democratic citizenship education.

The EU Convince project outcomes so far include a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) and the Facebook group “Schools for Inclusion”. The project leaders invite EFEE members to join this platform to exchange existing successful practices of inclusive education and teaching democratic citizenship and human rights and to discuss emerging challenges.

Another outcome of the CONVINCE project is an online research survey, which has been developed to identify challenges as well as gather innovative (good) practices and policies from ETUCE, EFEE, and ESHA member organisations related to teaching techniques and approaches on promoting citizenship. The CONVINCE project researcher Dominique Danau, who presented the preliminary results at the workshop, discussed the need to build consistency in teaching citizenship education as well as more support for teachers. This survey is still open, and more members are invited to share their good practices in it. 

The EU CONVINCE workshop brought together education stakeholders and social partners from 14 countries. The event saw several practical approaches being shared by the participants, who presented their country-specific methodologies as well as personal experiences in dealing with issues within various educational contexts.

The next training workshop on Democratic citizenship education will take place on the 5th of March in Paris. The CONVINCE project will run till 2020.

For more information, please contact: Daniel.wisniewski@educationemployers.eu

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