Fourth workshop for school teachers and youth trainers in the field of citizenship education

24.05.2014 07:30
Active Citizens for Europe through School (ACES)

On Saturday, 24 May 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana, the third in a series of workshops for teachers in the field of citizenship education was organized. Citizenship education is taught as a separate subject (i.e. Homeland and civic culture and ethics – primary school, Civic culture – primary school and Civic culture – high school) or across the curriculum content in primary and high schools. The workshop was organized in the frame of the EU project Jean Monnet Action, EU@School, called “ACES - Active Citizens of Europe through school”, led and coordinated by Dr. Tomaž Deželan, associate professor of University of Ljubljana. The project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme. The thematic areas of fourth workshop were: citizenship and community, civic education through the community, and civil society and civil society organizations as a generator of citizenship quality. At the workshop participants were introduced to citizenship and community (communitarian view), to the importance of civic virtue, to citizenship through participation in civil society, to the importance of social capital, to the community learning, and to the importance of the third sector, non-profit voluntary organizations and social enterprises for the development of citizenship and civic virtues. The lecturers were given by Dr. Tomaž Deželan, associate professor, Dr. Zinka Kolarič, professor, Dr. Maša Filipovič Hrast, assistant professor, and Dr. Matjaž Uršič, assistant professor (all Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana). This was followed by a simulation of two practical examples (a social enterprise for citizen "friendly" operation of CSOs) of learning aforementioned topics of civic education in (e) classrooms. The aim of the workshop was to address the problems of teachers and trainers of these contents, which have been identified by various studies in this field. Particularly, we paid attention to the formulation of a solution by taking into account the blended learning approach, for which we designed a platform for e-supported learning infrastructure Moodle, which is available to all teachers of this content.