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.