On 20-22 November the EWC participated in the partner meeting of the “Step Up” project (2019 – 2022) funded by the Erasmus + programme.
The project is aimed at the development of student teachers’ competences in applying the principles of democratic and inclusive education in their practice. It is planned that this aim will be achieved through the creation and piloting of the training module, based on Competences for Democratic Culture (CDC) of the Council of Europe. The module will be developed and piloted by experts from 4 universities, project partners – Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), Leeds Beckett Univeristy (UK), University of Nicosia (Cyprus) and University of Thessaly (Greece). The diversity of piloting contexts is to demonstrate the adaptability of the module to various conditions of implementation. The Danish “Agora” will be responsible for the evaluation of the project. Due to the expertise in CDC implementation, including the area of pre-service teacher education, EWC was invited to consult project partners on issues related specifically to the use of CDC in different project elements. A particularly relevant example from the EWC practice is the “Preparing Future Teachers in the Western Balkans” project, also focused on the development of a new module for the expansion of teacher practice based on the principles of CDC in the Western Balkan region.