Strengthening education for democracy (STED)
This course for pre-service and in-service teacher trainers looked at how to integrate the development of these competences (competences for democracy – transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge –) in pre- and in-service teacher education.
The preliminary outcomes of the project “Competences for democratic culture” and the work results of the Pestalozzi Programme as well as relevant project results from other education projects formed the resources pool the participants discovered, and used to discuss develop and to test ways of integrating these concerns in their teacher education and development practice.
The participants developed and tested training formats and materials for these purposes which are published below and serve as examples of practice to be disseminated and developed further.
Module A - Strasbourg, France 4 to 7 October 2016
Module B - Lisbon, Portugal, 30 May to 3 June 2017
Training resources developed in this course (18).
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Apprendre une langue étrangère à un âge précoce pour développer des compétences démocratiques
Author: Rosa Almeida (Portugal), editor: Audrey Cheynut
Les enfants qui apprennent des langues étrangères à un âge précoce apprennent plus facilement de
nouvelles langues et, en général, ont également une meilleure maîtrise de leur langue maternelle et
de meilleures performances dans d'autres domaines. Apprendre précocement des langues crée, chez
les enfants, les conditions pour un apprentissage futur réussi. En outre, l'apprentissage précoce des
langues peut être décisif dans le développement et l'acquisition d’une attitude positive envers les
autres langues et cultures, aussi bien que des compétences de la citoyenneté démocratique.
Former les futurs enseignants aux Droits de l’Homme et à la démocratie
Author: Yeremyan Astghik (Arménie), editor: Audrey Cheynut
Cette unité de formation est destinée à la sensibilisation aux Droits de l’Homme et à la démocratie des étudiants futurs enseignants. L’ensemble de ces activités ont été composées pour former les apprenants à connaître et reconnaître des compétences de base nécessaires au développement d’un enseignement démocratique. Les étudiants, en tant que futurs professionnels du monde de l’éducation doivent porter en eux et être capable de transférer à d’autres apprenants ces valeurs et ces compétences fondamentales. On définira l’éducation aux Droits de l’Homme et à la démocratie comme une éducation ayant pour but de développer le sens des valeurs universelles et les comportements respectueux des Droits de l’Homme.
Author: Maria Celauro (Italy), editor: Georgia Gyftoula
Maybe because of the models advertised on TV and Social Networks, people are used to being visible and exposed publicly, but the ease of this habit doesn’t really apply when listening and truly observing the others. The most evident consequence is that despite living in groups, people remain self-referential, having neglected the skill of listening and the competence of critical understanding of the self and of the world. In the meanwhile, we are undergoing a very fast cultural and social change because of this huge flux of immigrants arriving from the disadvantaged areas of the planet.
Thus, we are obliged to compare ourselves to something different and far from our cultural schemes and roots. Since we are not used to confrontation any more, the inability to comprehend “the other” leads to violence and intolerance.
Stereotypes blind your minds. Education for democracy improves your sight.
Author: Monica Cavalli (San Marino), editor: Audrey Cheynut
The training session will focus on democratic values, skills, knowledge and critical understanding. Cooperative learning activities, role plays and discussions are the core of the unit
Investigating our democratic culture as teachers and educators. Are we competent enough?
Author: Christiana Christou (Cyprus), editor: Georgia Gyftoula
This training unit addresses the topic of democratic classroom culture.
Teacher’s Roles in democratic citizenship education
Author: Evelina Ivanova-Vardzhiyska (Bulgaria), editor: Rasa Askinyte-Degesiene
The main issue that this training unit addresses is teacher's attitudes and values towards their roles in the interactive education for democratic citizenship.
The spirit of democracy
Author: Tatjana Juric (Bosnia and Herzegovina), editor: Georgia Gyftoula
Through the framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, teachers are able to instill in their pupils the values of tolerance and respect as they grow to understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to others. This training unit creates a learning environment in which participants will be, through the range of different activities, trained to understand the importance of democratic culture and inspired to share the values, attitudes, skills and knowledge embedded in them in their classrooms.
Author: Natalia Kidalova (Ukraine), editor: Georgia Gyftoula
This TU is designed for the benefit of classroom teachers. It is also relevant to teachers across all educational settings and in all subjects – from primary to senior, and from History to Science, because preventing prejudice, discrimination, and violence issues cannot be restricted to classrooms: they spill out into other areas of the school, corridors, canteen, and playgrounds.
This training unit is meant to address the issues of preventing stereotyping, prejudice, bullying, discrimination, violence and creating an atmosphere of trust, openness and respect.
Reading Democracy in Numbers
Author: Prof. Dr. Hilde Kletzl (Austria), editor: Georgia Gyftoula
Citizens depend on the use of different sources of information and these have an influence on forming opinions. This unit throws light on the role that numbers, statistics and graphical representations play in the opinion forming process.
Effective participation in a culture of democracy in a diverse school context
Author: Miroslaw Kwiatkowski (Poland), editor: Rasa Askinyte Degesiene
In view of the contemporary situation in Europe and in many other parts of the world, systems of education and teachers themselves are responsible in a special way for the development of competences which strengthen democracy. Transversal attitudes, personal development, skills and knowledge leading to democratic citizenship and participation in intercultural dialogue should be regarded as one of priorities in education. This area will be the main focus of the training (comprising three sessions and evaluation) which refers to the document of the Council of Europe: “Competences for Democratic Culture; Living together as equals in culturally diverse democratic societies”. Participants of the training are expected to raise their awareness of the importance of the competences listed in the above-mentioned publication, confront them with their own educational context and effectively develop them through participation in practical exercises.
Comprendre et s’approprier le modèle des Compétences pour une culture de la démocratie
Author: Zuzana Licha (Slovaquie), editor: Audrey Cheynut
Cette unité didactique offre aux enseignants et aux futurs enseignants la possibilité de réfléchir à la manière de créer une ambiance démocratique dans la classe dans laquelle eux - les professeurs - servent de modèle de culture démocratique.
The big wheel for democratic culture
Author: Jasminka, Miloševic (Montenegro), editor: Georgia Gyftoula
This training unit addresses developing competences for democracy by moving teaching and learning from classrooms to the space of community. Teachers and NGO activists will make common projects aiming at raising awareness of the significance of sustainable development. The specific topic of the projects will address the problems of violence and environment.
Renforcer la culture démocratique dans les écoles
Author: Marioara Pascu (Roumanie), editor: Audrey Cheynut
Cette unité de formation propose quatre activités à destination d’enseignants de matières diverses dans le cursus secondaire. Elle a pour vocation d’aider les enseignants à réfléchir aux moyens de développer une culture démocratique dans le cadre scolaire, que ce soit via la gestion de la classe ou des activités réflexives menées avec les élèves.
Le questionnement autour de la démocratie est abordé, dans cette unité de formation, en étroite liaison avec d’autres thèmes : les droits de l’homme, la participation dans les processus décisionnel, la responsabilité civique, et certaines dérives comme la corruption.
Let’s agree we disagree
Author: Irena Pavlovic (Croatia), editor: Georgia Gyftoula
In order to help students develop attitudes, values and skills necessary for successfully dealing with and accepting different world views and opinions, both in the classroom and in everyday life, teachers first have to develop those themselves.
Basic democratic values at and after computer science lessons
Author: Dmitrii Romanov (Russia), editor: Rasa Askinyte Degesiene
This training unit aims to support teachers to use ICT (Information and communications technology) tools in their lessons to promote basic democratic values. Proposed activities help to create an inclusive environment for all students, focusing on reflection about self and others, analysis of our concepts, pre-conceptions and opinions in order to communicate and co-operate sensibly, reduce misunderstandings and reach common goals.
The butterfly effect – how can the model help us prevent gender discrimination and gender violence in school and beyond?
Author: Pilar Santos Tambo (Spain), editor: Rasa Askinyte Degesiene
Gender discrimination and gender violence are a cancer in most societies along and across the globe. It is not easy to fully overcome the traditional division of roles in which men occupied the more public spheres of society and women were more constrained to the private sphere of the home and the family; where men had all the power and all the control.
It is true that we have gone far beyond this traditional division, but reality is very obstinate and we can see lots of instances around of gender discrimination (at home, at work and even at school) and what is even worse, of gender violence, leading to death in the most dramatic cases.
The issue that the training unit addresses is prevention of gender discrimination and gender violence at school.
A T-cher 4 all
Author: Daniel Zamfir (Romania), editor: Rasa Askinyte Degesiene
“A T-cher 4 all” will be focused on promoting empathy, equality, fighting against discrimination and offering respect for students, no matter what ethnic group, religious confession or background they belong to or what level of academic performance they show.
This is the context that generates the need for this training unit which is meant to offer the possibility of an experiential journey for teachers as learners. Using different activities, teachers will have the possibility to experience discrimination; after that we will have the possibility to reflect on our teaching process, to know much more about ourselves, teachers.
Let’s fly with the Butterfly
Author: Dimitrios Zisimopoulos (Greece), editor: Rasa Askinyte Degesiene
The goal of this training unit is to develop through its activities an awareness of the endangered democratic values regarding justice, fairness and the rule of law among members of school communities (teachers, students, parents). Furthermore, the participants will use analytical and critical thinking skills to develop resolution and cooperation skills. They will be able to respond responsibly and effectively to the new challenges leading to better knowledge and critical understanding of themselves and an attitude of openness to cultural otherness and to other’s beliefs.