ENGAGE - Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship - is on its process to create a European interactive, innovative, pedagogical and multilingual module on education for citizenship for pupils aged 8-12 and their teachers.
How is this process going to happen?
ENGAGE is shaped following Nine main steps:
1) Setting-up the national consortiums (or « working groups ») and making a national need assessment: each partner, except DARE Network, is in charge of setting-up a national consortium.
The national consortium are cross-sectoral.
Composition : the national lead organization ; one or several scools and teachers representing the formal education sector ;
one academic researcher expert on the issue of education for citizenship ; one public authority (local, regional or national).
Missions : it will conduct a national need assessment in the field of education for citizenship, via a theoritical and empirical study. The results of this study will be summarized in a paper. This paper will help us define the content of the European learning material.
Moreover, the national consortium will have to train at least 15 teachers (ideally 5 in 3 schools) to use the learning material on education for citizenship. This will enable our learning material to undergo a phase test in those same schools.
Then, the national consortium will disseminate the results of the project in its own network, and will try to use the material in its diverse activities as much as possible (during trainings, seminars, conferences etc.).
In total, 6 meetings will have to be organized in each member State over two years.
2) Intellectual production : each partner will write a document on the state of education for citizenship in its country, as well as other documents on national specific issues identified during the national need assessment.
3) Translation of the intellectual production in 5 languages ;
4) Creation of the online interactive European learning material on education for citizenship : available in 5 languages, meant to be used by teachers and students aged 8-12.
It will enable teachers to access all the « intellectual production » of the project (one document on education for citizenship per country ; thematic documents ; documents on innovative educational approcaches to use in the classroom...). Students will also use this online platform (interactive workshops in which they can play or work alone or with other students from other schools or countries).
Each partner will participate in the co-construction of the online learning material, which will tackle both European issues and national ones, making it flexible.
5) Teacher training : it will be done by each national coordinator. Ideally, at least 15 teachers will be trained, 5 in 3 schools. The trainings will take place over two days. They will address both the use of the interactive learning material (its educational approach) and the content.
6) Test-phase in schools concucted by national consortiums : each national consortium will target at least three schools. An observer will be sent to analyse this phase. Then, a questionnaire will be sent to teachers and students who took part in this study. The learning material will be modified depending on the results of this phase.
7) Launching event in Paris : all partners will be present, as well as teachers involved in the creation of the learning material. We will have with us national education inspectors, representatives from youth and popular education structures, from the Ligue de l'Enseignement, the European Civic Forum, the French Education Ministry, the European Commission, the European Parliament Education and Culture Commission, the Council of Europe etc.
8) Dissemination and promotion of our production : the DARE Network will be in charge of promoting our production at the European level.
Each partner will also have to disseminate it within its network.
9) European meetings to mutualize the results and conclusions drawn at the national level by the national consortiums: four meetings take place over two years.
The first in Paris to shape the process of the project and agree on the consortiums compositions;
The second in Madrid to put together the theoretical and empirical needs assessments and start the learning material production process;
The third in Warsaw to put together the intellectual productions and start the testing process;
The forth in Strassbourg to share the final results and celebrate.