issue 6, year 3

The development of a teacher training curriculum to promote EU youth active citizenship in school

Teachers need to be trained on the EU and on how to promote active citizenship; they can make a difference, but they should have the basic equipment to set up effective interventions.

Based on the findings of the project, the training curriculum that has been formalized and it is offered by Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna to teachers, educators, psychologists, is aimed at providing basic knowledge on active citizenship, on the factors and processes that may promote it in formal and non formal educational settings and train the teachers with the skills that are required to implement an intervention on active citizenship, including preparing a project, managing and evaluating it.

The curriculum is organized around  four blocks:

  • Knowledge on psychosocial and contextual factors and processes “behind” youth active citizenship (to know what works, what doesn’t, and which cautions/conditions are needed in order to propose an intervention that may be effective);
  • EU Resources and opportunities to increase knowledge about the EU and youth active citizenship: programs, experiences, tools for formal and non formal educational settings;
  • Participatory research methods: community based participatory action research, youth lead action research, youth adult partnership (why adopting participatory research approaches to promote active citizenship works, and how teachers and educators can apply and use these methods);Basics of project management: planning, executing, monitoring and evaluating: (translating  theory into practices, adapting the general framework to the specific contextual needs/resources).

Among the applicants, ten participants have been selected and they will start to be trained in the curriculum from November 2018.

CATCH-EyoU has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement n. 649538