Thursday, 18 June 2015

Meet the ENGAGE partnership (2/2)

ENGAGE - Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship.

The project ENGAGE is a partnership between eight organizations in seven EU member states.

As we started showing you last week, we will continue with the rest of the members of the ENGAGE partnership, in these case, the three of them DARE members:

Organization name: polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools

Country: Austria

Contact person: Maria Haupt & Elisabeth Turek

polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools is the central education service institution for citizenship education in schools. The centre helps teachers to bring citizenship and human rights education into the classroom, serves as an information platform and advisory centre, develops new materials for the classroom on a regular basis, plays a part in the European and Austrian discussions on citizenship education, has an influential role in teacher training and organizes events for students.
With the activities on offer, polis supports skills- and competence-oriented teaching, the aim of which is a political awareness, which the student has reached through careful deliberation. In this respect, it is not primarily a question of the acquisition of the broadest possible range of knowledge, but of learning activities, which enable the student to learn about, think about and deal with political themes. The activities are therefore linked to the lives and experiences of the students themselves.
Organisation name:  Cives Foundation
Country: Spain
Contact person: Edurne Grau

Cives Foundation promotes civic and ethical education, based on the tradition of secular humanism and pluralism. Its board is composed by teachers, professors, and experts involved in the educational community. Cives believes in education as an important tool to create citizens with strong democratic values based on solidarity, critical thinking, interculturallity and tolerance.
Cives was founded and shares board with the NGO ‘Liga Española de la Educación y la Cultura Popular’. All of our actions are base on the pillars of secularism, solidarity and citizenship.

Organisation name: Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB) e.V.
Country: Germany
Contact person: Georg Pirker

AdB is an association made up of approximately 170 continuing education centres throughout Germany with various profiles - youth education centres, adult education centres, academies, Europe centres, educational centres of party-related foundations and international encounter centres. As a whole these independent educational organisations represent a wide spectrum of various training offers as well as organisational structures. The Association of German Educational Organisations (AdB) was founded in 1959 as a registered association. The educational organisations which comprise the AdB are represented by individual members. AdB is a pluralistic, content-independent association that offers to its members comprehensive information on the association and civic education, concrete assistance and a forum for international exchange on the basis of its non-partisan expertise and wide spectrum of subjects covered. AdB is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
AdB aims to preserve and promote civic education as an important element of democracy. Democracy is not only a form of government, but needs to be experienced and promulgated in the daily lives of citizens. Civic education is a training field for democracy. Through their training offers, the member organisations of the association strive to motivate and enable citizens to recognize the relationship between political framework conditions and their own lives, play an active role in public affairs and participate in the making of society and political processes. The member organisations see themselves as places of encounter between people of different cultures, demographic groups and worlds. As a specialised organisation of civic education AdB fosters an exchange of information and experience, training and a joint representation of interests in the area of civic education. AdB actively contributes professional discussions on civic education and advocates a European Educational Network for Human Rights and Democracy. AdB is commited the realisation of equal opportunities in all fields of work.
AdB provides: a forum for the analysis of the fundamental and current questions and problems of youth and adult education; working groups, in which key points of various fields of work are debated, positions are formulated, educational tools are developed and information on training, youth, didactic and economic contents is presented; further training possibilities via conferences and workshops at which important themes are treated and discussed with experts; we organize and conduct bi-national and international specialised programmes for staff in youth work. At present AdB cooperates with partner organisations in Israel, Russia, Portugal, Poland, Mongolia, Tunisia and is active in various european bodies aiming for supporting training projects for the set-up of democratic education; AdB also supports trainers through governmental funding who form a working group, in which innovative models of political youth training are developed.
In Germany AdB cooperates with similar associations and is represented in numerous political bodies of youth and adult education targeting to national and international levels. In addition AdB is a member of: the Working Society for Youth Assistance in Germany (AGJ), the German Federal Committee for Political and Civic Education, which we also manage (bap), the DARE network (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe), the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE), the European Association of Adult Education (EAEA), the International Youth Exchange Service (IJAB) and the House of Youth Work in Germany
AdB offers information on education for democratic cooperaton/human rights education (EDC/HRE) activities in its quarterly magazine entitled "Außerschulische Bildung", in which the main points of civic education and the debate on current educational issues is fostered from the perspective of non-formal educational practice. Furthermore, AdB documents individual projects and areas of work in numerous brochures and reports.