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Spring 2018

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Welcome to our second newsletter!

Through our newsletters, we aim to keep you informed on how the ACT|Project is developing – within the limits of what we are able to share so as not to affect the overall results – and to highlight other work that relates the topic of this project.

With this in mind, we can proudly say that the last six months have seen very good progress indeed. The pilot phase of the project is well underway, an advisory board has reviewed the project materials to inform the final materials, and in January, representative from all the project’s partners met in London for their second consortium meeting over two days. This was the time to compare how the pilots have been going in each country and discuss the next steps for ACT.

But most importantly, the recruitment of schools for 2018/19 has already begun in a number of countries! This is a very exciting moment for the ACT|Project!

Policy Updates

England

In December 2017 the UK Government published a policy paper called « Every Voice Matters: Building a democracy that works for everyone » – a 5-year democratic engagement plan to tackle democratic exclusion and outline how the government will increase participation among under registered groups.

France

The French National Council for Evaluation of the School System (CNESCO) recently joined the executive board of the European Network of Education Councils (EUNEC). CNESCO has been asked to present the ACT project at the upcoming annual EUNEC seminar (1-2 March 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal) which, this year, is addressing the topic of citizenship and education.

Greece

On 8 – 9 February, a Peer Learning Activity was hosted in Greece on the theme of “Intercultural Dialogue as a tool to address migration, refugees and asylum seekers in educational contexts”. The PLA was organized within the framework of the ET 2020 Thematic Working Group of the European Commission on “Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education” with a main emphasis on the refugee issue.

Spain

The State’s Observatory of School Coexistence has recently been modified and it will be called to gather shortly. Its main tasks are: 1-  provide advice about learning on school coexistence, 2- create different reports and surveys to diagnose school coexistence in order to propose measures to help develop different state policies, promoting actions that facilitate the improvement of school climate and coexistence in educational centers.

Related Projects & Research

  • Eurydice has released its latest publication: Citizenship Education at School in Europe (2017). It aims to provide a current and comprehensive picture of national policies in the area of citizenship education in schools across Europe, recognizing that there is increasing demands on education systems to promote learning in this area.
  • INSIGHT is an Erasmus+ project coordinated by the Rectorat of Montpellier – a local education authority – in partnership with England and Spain. This initiative was launched in the framework of the Paris Declaration of 2015 and aims at promoting humanistic education and preventing discrimination and radicalization. In France, it particularly targets vocational schools.
  • RETHINK – or Remembrance Education for THINKing critically – is a key-action 3 Erasmus+ project piloted by the CIEP, France.  It is designed to shed light on the educational programmes that have been developed by memorials and NGOs in the field of remembrance education. RETHINK will upscale these programmes for usage across different contexts and countries and make them more widely available through the development of an online platform, which will also serve as the starting point for the creation of a new network for memory initiatives. This network will facilitate transnational collaboration between like-minded institutions and enable the development of new programmes focused on linking past and present challenges while enhancing critical thinking skills among learners.
  • Somas Más – is a project being developed by MECD and Google together with other associations. It is an initiative to sensitise and prevent against violent radicalization and hate speech. This project unites two essential areas: education in the classroom and the use of Internet in order to amplify respect, tolerance and diversity. Spanish youngsters are invited to participate in the hashtag #YoMeSumo.