The Policy implementation support and teacher empowerment for CITIZenship Education – CITIZED 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 cover 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’ capacity building and empowerment, and schools’ commitment to engage in the “living together” side of education aims.
It will be implemented by an international partnership coordinated by the Institute, which includes the Fondation des Régions Européennes pour la Recherche, l’Education, et la Formation (FREREF); Land der Menschen (LdM); the Organising Bureau of European School Student Union (OBESSU); the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) of Malta; the Zentrum POLIS (Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools); and the Université Côte d’Azur (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:
- Reviewing, analysing, comparing and classifying existing policy approaches to the development of citizenship education (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;
- Proposing and testing self-assessment instruments 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;
- Developing a collaborative open platform and giving access to good practice examples and methodological instruments for schools implementing “whole school” citizenship education projects; also in this case a key reference will be the “Democratic Schools Network” approach;
- Maximising the impact of the project activities in terms of support to large scale implementation of the validated good practices.