During the last year, Citizenship Foundation has been involved in developing two sets of resources for the ILDE (Initiative for Learning Democracy in Europe) project. This work, funded by the Network of European Foundations - NEF and supported by the Council of Europe is now finalised.
1. The first set of resources focuses on the membership of the EU and how this brings expanded rights to citizens of Europe. The concept was to develop a resource aimed at ‘vocational’ students who are unlikely to develop an international perspective automatically or arising from their career aspirations or home situations. The resource was developed around 7 practical themes like ‘environment, law and order, consumer protection, work, equality, minorities and the wider world (aid)’. Each unit has a wide-ability PowerPoint-based story illustrating some of the key issues and leading to a range of learning activities which are of local and practical relevance for this target audience.
The whole pack is called ‘Europe... and me? - A resource kit on European Citizenship Education’
Unit 1: Environment The EU: Creating a greener planet?
Unit 2: Crime and Justice The EU: Protecting us against crime?
Unit 3: Consumer Protection: The EU: Getting us a better deal?
Unit 4: Work The EU: Creating better jobs?
Unit 5: Equality The EU: Giving us equal rights?
Unit 6: Minorities The EU: Helping everyone to feel they belong?
Unit 7: The World The EU: Making the world a better place?
The link to the lesson materials and the PowerPoints can be found on the NEF website. The resources were written for an international audience and thus the words of the stimulus material were kept to a minimum to allow for easy adaptation. The lesson materials are being translated into a range of languages and are already available in English, French and Dutch.
2. The second resource is called ‘Schools for society: Learning democracy in Europe’, A handbook of ideas for action (y Susanne Frank and Ted Huddleston)
This handbook will be of interest to organisations in Civil Society as well as to schools. It distils best policy and practice drawn from across Europe which promote the idea of the whole school as a democratic space. It focuses on the school in its internal organisation and in its relations with the neighbouring community outside the school. The handbook is directed primarily at staff working in Trusts and Foundations who are interested in developing a more strategic funding approach to projects which, at a practical level, strengthen democratic practices in schools and colleges. The book is full of case studies which will also be of interest to community/school developers, governors and heads of schools. As such, it is deliberately conceived to complement the new handbook produced by the Council of Europe which is aimed at the teaching profession and trainers involved in citizenship education.
Ruxandra Ratiu, Citizenship Foundation (UK)