Summer Schools

Summer School in Malta: “4EU values” (14 – 17 September 2020)

The first T4E summer school will center on democratic and human rights values and how we live them in the EU. The courses will engage participants in common work around values of human rights, freedom, peace, tolerance, equality and solidarity. The teaching and learning practices that contribute to the development of civic and psychosocial competences are essential to shaping a safe future for Europe.  “Teachers 4 Democratic Values” aims to support and empower teachers who wish to integrate such competences into their practice by inviting them to participate in learning-by-doing courses because, in order to develop students’ competences, teachers need to first develop their own competences for democratic culture. Thus, this Summer School will center on pedagogical knowledge, practices, expressions, attitudes and skills teachers should share for building a common Europe in which living together in democracy and tolerance is a strong element.

Democratic and human rights values

The first T4E summer school will center on democratic and human rights values and how we live them in the EU. The teaching and learning practices that contribute to the development of civic and psychosocial competences are essential to shaping a safe future for Europe. By developing these competences, teachers will nurture their vision of an inclusive education and foster democratic environments for children and youth.

Empowering teachers toward the development of competences

“Teachers 4 Democratic Values” aims to support and empower teachers who wish to integrate such competences into their practice by inviting them to participate in learning-by-doing courses based on a range of methods and pedagogical approaches that can be used for the development of competences for democracy. The courses will engage participants in common work around values of human rights, freedom, peace, tolerance, equality and solidarity, these same values that EU institutions need to embody.

Learning by doing, experiential learning

The summer school will hold practices that empower teachers to educate the next generation of EU citizens by supporting their civic competences, competences for a democratic culture and competences for intercultural understanding and diversity. In order to develop students’ competences teachers need to first develop their own competences for democratic culture.  Thus, this Summer School will center on pedagogical knowledge, practices, expressions, attitudes and skills teachers should share for building a common Europe in which living together in democracy and tolerance is a strong element.

The time is right!

Current European education policies seek to promote the development of competences for democratic citizenship as evidenced by the recent publication of frameworks that include, or focus on civic and democratic competences: EU Recommendations on Key Competences 2018, ENTRECOMP and DIGCOMP of the European Commission 2016 and 2017, Reference Framework of Competences for a Democratic Culture (RFCDC) of the Council of Europe 2018; Framework of Global Competence of the OECD/PISA 2018. Furthermore, many recent and current curriculum reforms, based on these recommendations, are either under way or in some cases being implemented, sometimes with challenges, in certain European countries. In this context, the summer school will respond to an important need.

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training course the participants will be able to: 

  • raise awareness of the key importance of education for democracy within their professional context while involving all actors of the community (school heads, colleagues, parents, learners, wider community) in a whole school approach; 
  • understand that communication, classroom management, pedagogy and assessment, and most importantly the relationship between teacher and learner, play a crucial role for a democratic school and the success of learning together in diversity; 
  • contribute in their teaching practice to the development of the attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding, that uphold democracy;
  • use the European frameworks of competences for a democratic culture and the accompanying resources in their day-to-day practice; 
  • take action to promote a teaching practice conducive to the development of democratic culture in their context. 

Summer school in Cyprus “Learning4Europe2Change” (Summer 2021)

More information about the Summer School in Cyprus soon available.