eTwinning Day 2019 forged a new galaxy of democratic participation
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On 9 May, Europe Day, eTwinning community members – known as eTwinners – had the chance to travel through the eTwinning Galaxy and take part in the activities of the Spring Campaign, all in the spirit of the platform’s annual theme: democratic participation.
Democratic participation is an integral part of eTwinning. The platform promotes active participation of students, teachers, and head teachers in collaborative activities – and with its growing network, it is looking to expand its reach to parents and local communities, too.
eTwinning promotes skills that are necessary to achieve a democratic culture. These include autonomous learning, analytical and critical thinking, listening and observing, empathy, flexibility and adaptability, linguistic, communicative and plurilingual skills, co-operation, and conflict resolution. Two School Education Gateway polls from 2016 confirm the significance of these skills: according to them, most teachers think that the development of critical thinking skills is particularly important and that a structured approach for social and civic competences should start from an early age.
The eTwinning Spring Campaign tackled these themes with numerous activities, online events, and resources. On Europe Day, teachers created their own ideal eTwinning Galaxy by choosing their favourite ideas from each planet, and shared their posters and videos in the campaign Group and with the hashtag #eTwinningDay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, there were numerous contributions on this Padlet and with the hashtag #eTw4Democracy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
As democratic participation is this year’s theme in eTwinning, you will find more relevant resources over the next few months – and, of course, you can always explore our Citizenship theme page here on School Education Gateway.