The SCHOOLS ENGAGE project aims at developing, testing, and validating an innovative educational package for secondary education that builds on Service Learning (SL) as a pedagogical context for cultivating citizenship competences and promoting civic engagement, participation and common values. Service Learning is globally recognized among the most effective pedagogies for building responsibility towards society and fostering civic engagement. It usually concerns the engagement of students in voluntary community service projects that create mutual benefit for themselves and community.
On this basis, the SCHOOLS ENGAGE project aims at:
1) Enhancing teachers’ professional development by supporting them to apply innovative teaching practices related to service learning and citizenship education and equipping them with tools, methodologies and ready-to use materials. Teachers will be offered flexible ways of training that will enable them to integrate SL in their curricula and ensure their effective CPD.
2) Supporting the real life testing and application of SL interventions in schools in four European Countries (Germany, Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus) and as an extension increase student’s civic participation, strengthen their democratic values and cultivate active citizenship competences such as critical thinking, collaboration, social responsibility, advocacy etc.
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG Germany
STIMMULI FOR SOCIAL CHANGE Greece
SDRUDZENIE ZNAM I MOGA Bulgaria
CSI CENTER FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION LTD Cyprus
93rd “Alexander Teodorov – Balan” Secondary school Bulgaria
EKPEDEFTIRIA VASSILIADI Greece