Act & React: towards Involved Students in a democratic Europe
Young people across Europe show an increasing disinterest in politics and democracy. This leads to low participation in democratic processes of various kinds and an increase in populist and nationalist tendencies up to threats and violence against politicians and decision-makers.
Society in Europe gets increasingly polarised. The last couple of months, the aggression expressed by Russia in its war against Ukraine, is an example of how relevant and essential teaching and learning about citizenship and democracy today is.
That is why it is essential to sensitise young people to democratic processes and to show them examples of how they can actively participate in and influence decision-making processes and thus make use of their right to have a say.
It is important to strengthen the media literacy of young people in order to counteract disinformation, populist and extremist currents and even war threats. A multi-perspective view is both the way and the goal.
1. Educate active citizenship and participation in democracy
We will develop learning and evaluation materials for formal and non-formal lessons on democratic values, processes and systems.
2. Acquiring digital media literacy skills for political purposes
The current generation forms and sustains their political identities online. We want to make students aware of the ways social media can be used to inform, misinform and engage political target groups.
3. Support inclusiveness for underprivileged students
We will actively support and develop ways to create an open, tolerant, and inclusive classroom where students can encounter difficult questions in a ‘brave space’.
4. Promote multiculturalism and diversity
We will actively incorporate a multiculturalist stance on politics. We will look at politics through the lens of diversity and discuss controversial topics such as ableism, sexism, racism, decolonialism, LGBTI, etc.
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We consist of five different secondary schools across five different European countries. Two non-school organisations have agreed to participate in our common goals.