A big year for the future of democracy in Europe
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It is only a short time until 23 May and the European Parliament elections. In a time permeated with Euroscepticism and political uncertainty, it is all the more important for young voices to be heard. Are your students speaking up? Perhaps you can use these resources to show them that their opinions matter!
We at School Education Gateway have embarked on 2019 with a whole month dedicated to active citizenship. Take a look at Sarah Keating’s article on The road to a democratic school culture in Turkey, or explore three good practices proving that Democratic schools are already within reach. You can also browse the Citizenship theme page to find more relevant items!
Furthermore, did you know that democratic participation is this year’s focus on eTwinning? Four project kits have already been published on the topic, and can be used as step-by-step guides for your own initiatives:
- Living in Harmony helps students to develop interpersonal and social skills
- Your Voices Count fosters active citizenship in early childhood education
- Too young to vote, old enough to make a change encourages students to form their own attitudes about society and politics
- Have your say on education improves students’ communication, collaboration, decision-making and problem-solving skills
Last year we published an article on the youth initiative Your Europe, Your Say! and this year the initiative celebrates its 10th anniversary. Once again, thirty-three schools from across Europe are sending their 16- to 18-year-old students to Brussels to debate, collaborate, and figure out their generation’s priorities. Here is a video of last year’s proceedings:
This is sure to be a promising year for democratic participation, so keep an eye out for more useful material for teachers and school leaders.