The聽Policy implementation support and teacher empowerment for CITIZenship Education 鈥 CITIZED聽project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the Institute, will officially start on December 1st, 2020, and will鈥痗over a period of 36 months. CITIZED has the ambition to become, by filling existing implementation gaps of existing citizenship education policies, an effective catalyst of a multiplication process based on teachers鈥 capacity building and empowerment, and schools鈥 commitment to engage in the 鈥渓iving together鈥 side of education aims.

It will be implemented by an international partnership coordinated聽 by the Institute, which includes the聽Fondation des R茅gions Europ茅ennes pour la Recherche, l鈥橢ducation, et la Formation (FREREF);聽Land der Menschen (LdM); the聽Organising Bureau of European School Student Union (OBESSU); the聽Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) of Malta; the聽Zentrum POLIS聽(Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools); and the聽Universit茅 C么te d鈥橝zur (UCA).

The CITIZED project aims to support educational policies directed towards enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences, particularly by addressing the following operational objectives:

  1. Reviewing, analysing, comparing and classifying existing policy approaches to the development of citizenship education聽(with a specific reference to how teachers and schools are prepared and supported to implement the respective policies), pointing out what works where and at what conditions, thus identifying inhibiting and enhancing factors in the different contexts;
  2. Proposing and testing self-assessment instruments聽and training modules enabling future teachers and in-service teachers to implement effective learning strategies, adequate to develop the set of pupils/students competences related to democratic citizenship: this will be done by using the work of the Council of Europe as a reference for context-based national and local strategies;
  3. Developing a聽collaborative open platform and giving access to good practice examples and methodological instruments for schools implementing 鈥渨hole school鈥 citizenship education projects; also in this case a key reference will be the 鈥淒emocratic Schools Network鈥 approach;
  4. Maximising the impact of the project activities聽in terms of support to large scale implementation of the validated good practices.
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