Education for a democratic Europe

NECE talked to Anna Mauz and Felix Lorenzen, programme managers at Stiftung Lernen durch Engagement, about their work and its importance to strengthen citizenship education:

NECE: What is the unique selling point of the new project “Education for a democratic Europe” within the landscape of European programmes for Education for Europe?
Felix Lorenzen: We do not know yet whether we’ll have a unique selling point. What is certain, though, is that we base our project on concepts of experience-based learning, especially the concept of service learning. It is our firm conviction that youngsters deserve…read more.

NECE: How and with which educational projects do you advocate for a democratic Europe?
Anna Mauz: It’s our role to empower students, teachers and schools to implement their own projects. We inspire and support them – with innovative workshops, with hands-on material for the classroom and with connecting them to other teachers and students in Germany and Europe. Of course, this role is important, but students and teachers – often together with civil society organizations – have the key role. Read more.

NECE: Why is it so important to lastingly anchor such models or projects in the educational landscape and how can this be successfully implemented?
Felix Lorenzen: There’s a lot of empirical evidence about the impact of service learning and experience-based learning. We are happy that more and more actors, for example the Council of Europe with its Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, embrace these approaches.
Anna Mauz: In other projects, we have established lasting cooperation with departments of education and school authorities which foster experience-based learning methods. Given this experience, we are confident…read more.