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In the time of so cooled “post-true” or “post factual” society described in the Oxford Dictionaries as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief” the need for critical thinking, understanding of the context and possible impacts of ones actions and openness to support mutual discussion is crucial for active and responsible citizenship. All these is multiplied and closely connected with rise in usage of internet and social media as these are becoming the primary influential factor in the “consumption” of information and opinion making. In this context only active and responsible citizens that are open to communicate despite possible differences in values and needs and are able to reflect up on (possible) impacts of their decisions and actions can ensure sustainably of the democratic values and democratic society.
What we want to do
The ACTIVE project is precisely addressing this phenomenon aiming at empowering pupils (aged 12 to 15) and teachers to defend active and responsible citizens and democracy in the context of school to start with, as role models and multipliers. In order to be able to transform schools into promoters of ‘open, creative and responsible citizenship’, pupils and teachers will have to transform themselves first. Together with each other and experts, both groups will look at their own attitude, knowledge, language and behavior and create a sense of self-reflection and a school atmosphere where debate, open dialogue, and critical thinking are welcomed. Teachers shall be empowered to protect pupils, to create opportunities and to share responsibility for them. This also means society as a whole, politics, administration, civil society and experts has to be more involved with school life and ready to support teachers and pupils.
Promoting ACTIVE and Responsible Citizenship in Schools” is an Erasmus+ Cooperation partnership in school sector.
Project number 2021-1-CZ01-KA220-SCH-000032673
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