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Young people's citizenship and Europe: online course for youth workers

Young people's citizenship and Europe: online course for youth workers

A self-paced online course for youth workers on how to bring Europe closer to young people will be launched in autumn 2019!

Having citizens that stand for democracy, participation, human rights and equality is a part of the ongoing process of creating a peaceful and inclusive Europe. Education, specifically education for democratic citizenship and human rights education, which often take place outside of the school curricula, gives space for young people to develop their attitudes, knowledge and skills as citizens concerned with societal issues from the local to the global level, including also the European level.

SALTO SEE Resource Centre together with several National Agencies for the Erasmus+: Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps Programmes (namely Austrian, German, Latvian Polish and Slovenian), as well as the EU-CoE Youth Partnership in the field of youth, have been highlighting the topic of active European citizenship and identity in several cooperation projects in the past years. The activities have reaffirmed the strong need to support youth work practitioners and citizenship educators with concrete tools and methods in bringing Europe closer to young people.

In 2018 – 2019 SALTO SEE, the EU-CoE Youth Partnership and the German, Polish and Slovenian NAs are developing a self-paced online course for youth workers on the topic. The course will be consisted of several inputs and activities, which aim and giving the learners a better insight on the topic of citizenship in the European context and how they can address it with young people. The course will be launched in summer 2019. It will be open for everyone interested, but there will also be a facilitated piloting of the course together with selected youth work practitioners and educators in the second half of 2019.

The online course is based on and utilises the results of past cooperation activities on this topic, namely the Learning Programme Youthful Europe (2011 – 2018), Forum “Raise your voice for tomorrow’s Europe” (2017) and the seminar "Young people’s citizenship and Europe: which ways forwards?" (2018) by the EU-CoE Youth Partnership. The topic has been recently introduced also in the Coyote online magazine's 25th edition, which was dedicated entirely to citizenship education in Europe.

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