About the project

The “Civic dimensions for social inclusion” project (CivicAL) address the gap in Civic Education (CE) for adults in disadvantaged situation in 6 European countries, reflecting on the importance of extra-curricular aspects of the CE within the frames of a multicultural European environment. It replies to the needs of adult educators to provide appropriate training sessions in Civic education for disadvantaged learners.

The partnership strongly believes that developing the adult educators’ competences and providing them with pedagogical tools will empower and support teachers/trainers to facilitate discussions on perceived injustice, radical ideas and even extreme opinions in a multicultural environment.

The CivicAL project’s main outputs are:

  • Trainer’s Manual: “Civic Education for Disadvantaged Learners” in 7 European languages, consisting of 7 training units. Each unit contains a lesson plan, enriched with games, web quests, as well as recommendations for additional resources to be used. A suggested scope and sequence for the use of the material is analysed for each unit.
  • EU citizenship game: A single-player browser game for civic education, targeting disadvantaged learners (immigrants, refugees, Roma people), developed in 7 languages. The game provides easy access with no technical requirements for the user’s computer/smart phone and no technical skills needed in order to play it. At each level, the player collects achievements to finally be awarded the EU citizenship.

The game has several innovative elements – the usage of the browser game for adult education on active citizenship, the set of knowledge and skills that the users gathers through the levels is an innovation for such games and the approach to work with disadvantaged adult learners, based on the individual work of the users, not requiring an educator’s assistance for the completion of the exercises.

In times of rising nationalism and questioning the future of the European Union, the knowledge of its history, culture and values is of a vital necessity. The goal of the project is to make a long-term change in the attitude of the involved participants towards mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue, community involvement and active European citizenship, respect of equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

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Our Philosophy

CivicAL does not only complement local and European initiatives for social inclusion of vulnerable groups, but also produces and disseminates at EU level intellectual outputs that will significantly contribute to the innovation of the adult education sector in the 6 partner countries and abroad. It builds its methodology on the partners' experiences in citizenship education, training and promotion of European values, history and culture. CivicAL takes advantage from past and running experiences clearly demonstrating the added value of gamification techniques to enhance attractiveness and openness of learning environments, to stimulate disadvantaged learners’ active participation, and to "flip" educational settings through tailored and learner centred approach

Target Groups

CivicAL targets:

- disadvantaged learners from migrant or ethnic minority backgrounds and their families, friends and communities;

- staff working in the different training centres, education departments and schools of the partners and the associated partners involved in the project;

- public authorities and adult education providers, dealing with civic education, migration and intercultural dialogue;

- CSOs, voluntary and religious organisations, migrants and Roma organisations where vulnerable learners can be reached and engaged in the project activities;

- regional, national and EU networks active in the design and monitoring of adult education policies and providing guidance to public authorities in the sector.

Impact

Total of 534 direct beneficiaries will be involved in the project activities:

- 120 adult education providers in pilot tests of the Manual,

- 90 disadvantaged learners in tests of the Game,

- 260 stakeholders in Multiplier Events, celebrated in the 6 partner countries,

- 64 staff members and associated partners in transnational meetings and implementation tasks.

Approximately 3000 people will be indirectly reached through the planned dissemination channels.