The new cycle of the Practicing Citizenship programme was launched at the Council of Europe Youth Centre in Budapest, February 5 - March 2. The snowy and chilly weather outside of the meeting venue was an absolute contrast to the vigorous and warm atmosphere at the “Citizenship Education: new developments of the Council of Europe” seminar, which united 49 education professionals and experts from the Russian Federation, Poland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Students and teachers from different high schools in Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary study historical examples of propaganda and how people can stand up against it. The project aims to build a mutual understanding and a shared European identity among the participants.
Youth work is often challenged to respond to the rising extremism in Europe. On April 9-12th, EWC is co-organizing a training at Utøya, Norway, aiming to teach how building democratic competences can be used in youth work to prevent violent extremism and radicalization.
“To find out what kind of education we need one should ask oneself a question - in what kind of society do we want to live in the future?” Svitlana Klapushynska, school head at Pervomayska school in Mykolaiv region of Ukraine said. Her school was one of 48 schools taking part in the six trainings in January and February, marking the start of the “Schools for Democracy: Supporting Educational Reforms in Ukraine 2018-2021” Programme.
EWC, the 22 July Centre and Utøya organize a training for students from Teacher Education at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Oslo and OsloMet 15-16 March. The aim of the training is to provide future teachers with the competences, knowledge and skills to teach about 22 July and democratic citizenship.
In January 2018 the EWC launched a new joint project within the Schools for Democracy Programme – “Competences for Democratic Culture in Pre-Service Training in Ukraine”. The Project will be aimed at a deeper integration of civic and social competences into universities courses of the future primary school teachers. The Project will be carried out in cooperation with Borys Grinchenko University of Kyiv and Center of Education Monitoring (Kyiv).
On Jan 25, the EWC programme “Schools for Democracy: Supporting Educational Reforms in Ukraine 2018-2021” organized a meeting for the community of practice working in the field of civic education in Ukraine.
The third cycle of the “Schools for Democracy” explores new locations on the map of Ukraine as 47 new schools were welcomed aboard at a kickoff event marking the beginning of the third and enhanced cycle of the programme.
Liliia Hrynevych, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, dedicated an hour to questions and answers from engaged schools at the launching conference of EWC’s enhanced programme “Schools for Democracy: Supporting Educational Reforms in Ukraine 2018-2021.
An external evaluation of the EWC project Teaching Controversial Issues in the Nordic Countries recommends to build on the created momentum through the establishment of a train the trainers programme. The evaluation was commissioned by The Nordic Council of Ministers