EU CONVINCE – EU Common values and inclusive education

The European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) is leading project on education and democratic citizenship: EU CONVINCE.

COFACE Families Europe is associate partner of this project, which is covering various topics including:

– Civic education and democratic-school culture;
– Teaching in multicultural learning contexts for intercultural dialogue;
– Teaching controversial and sensitive issues;
– E-safety issues: Misinformation, digital responsibility and ICT critical-thinking;
– School-leadership and ‘the whole school approach’;
– Inclusive education as a tool to prevent violent radicalisation and extremism.

This project is a cross-country partnership which is carrying out a mix of research and trainings, including teacher training support and advice on successful and innovative approaches and methods on citizenship and human rights education.

The project partners adopted a Joint Statement on Citizenship Education & EU Common Values in EN/FR/ES/DE/RU.

More about the project here

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Activities

Research

In the context of the CONVINCE project, an online questionnaire has been developed to collect the views of ETUCE, EFEE and ESHA members on the challenges and good practices related to civic and citizenship education. Combined with a desk research, it also aims acknowledge and pair-up challenges and good practices related to promoting citizenship and values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education, with a particular focus on secondary education, both within school-curricula (formal learning) and in extra-curricular activities (non-formal learning). The survey consists of multiple-choice questions with open boxes for additional information on national experiences and views. The research survey is divided into 6 chapters:

  • Civic education and democratic-school culture;
  • Teaching in multicultural learning contexts for intercultural dialogue in formal and non-formal education;
  • Teaching controversial and sensitive issues;
  • E-safety issues: Misinformation, digital responsibility and ICT critical-thinking;
  • School-leadership and ‘the whole school approach’;
  • Inclusive education to prevent radicalisation and extremism

The report in English and its summary in English, French, Russian, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish are published here

Training workshops

Three training workshops were planned in cooperation with local partners in Italy, Germany and France:

  • Provide ETUCE, EFEE and ESHA member organisations with the opportunity to present, disseminate and scale-up good practises in other different contexts and educational settings as well as to discuss possible solutions to tackle challenges encountered by education stakeholders when teaching democratic citizenship education;
  • Give participants the opportunity to exchange and showcase good practices and help resolve challenges through learning about other countries’ good practices, e.g. by match-making challenges in one country with good practises of another;
  • Teacher training support and guidance on successful and innovative approaches and methods on citizenship and human rights education in general.

COFACE-Families Europe was invited to one of the training workshops to present good practices from its network and from its internal activities related to digital citizenship. After a brief overview of major activities of both its network (addressing cyberbullying, encouraging responsible online behaviour…) and its own European initiatives ( participation in the Council of Europe expert group on Digital Citizenship Education, participation to the DG CNECT Alliance to better protect minors online…), Martin Schmalzried addressed some overarching questions related to digital citizenship and democracy.

Final conference – Warsaw – 14-15th November

Two day closing conference for representatives from education trade unions, education employers, school leaders and other European stakeholders in education. The main activities of the conference include:

  • discussion on the results of the project activities, including the final research report of best practices identified in the survey and workshops;
  • validation on project outputs with the partners (e.g. a joint statement and a concept note), in particular, as regards implementation through their respective affiliates at the grassroot level towards a platform for exchange of good practices and knowledge for social inclusion.