Active citizenship for pupils – etwinning conference workshop

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The purpose of the workshop Active Citizenship for Pupils, held by M.R. Fasanelli at the 2015 etwinning conference, was to give participants an understanding of this year’s theme “Active Citizenship” as well as something to go home with, some basic concepts for active citizenship to develop in their current and future projects.

Ms Fasanelli ambassador since 2009, opened the workshop by asking the participants “Why is Active Citizenship relevant in your school work?” Some of the answers given by the audience were: “It’s important that all students become active citizens and as a teacher I would like to know as many activities to motivate them as possible.” Ms. Fasanelli referred to the keynote speech by David Kerr, stressing that it provided her with a greater understanding of active citizenship. “It’s about the comparison between decades that shows us that youngsters are active but in different ways.”

Workshop participants were engaged in a pair brainstorm activity: “What is an active citizen like?” and watched the “What is active citizens” video by the British Council:

In order to explore ways on how to motivate pupils in active citizenship issues, Ms. Fasanelli suggested a combination of Project-based learning and key competence approach and briefly presented three different frameworks of key competences (EU recommendation 2006 – social and civic competences- , UNESCO framework – Learning to live together, learning to live with others – , ATC21s – way of living in the world) and gave examples of some relevant eTwinning projects: EMSC II, 2011-2012 European citizenship according to democratic principles and utopian visions, La citta dei ragazzi, Democrazia in Italia and Svizzera.

Finally, during the workshop Ms Fasanelli provided guidelines for a successful eTwinning project; “You need to have a strong idea. Even if you have many activities, you need a main idea. You also need a good dissemination plan. Your project deals with reality, it should not remain within the walls of your school. Find ways to get in touch with the local society, social spaces.” and engaged the workshop attendees in a group work on creating a project plan using a project template and check-list based on the EU 2006 Recommendation.

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