European Union citizenship at school
EU@school is an Erasmus Plus project (2021-2023) coordinated by the Department of Political Science of the Rome Tre University (Italy). The other partners are Euphoria Net (Italy), Logopsycom (Belgium), Smart Nest (Latvia), STANDO (Cyprus) and three schools, Istituto Comprensivo Maria Montessori (Italy), Spoeczna Szkoa Podstawowa nr 11 STO (Poland) and OU Stefan Zahariev (Bulgaria).
Project partners strongly believe that promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance, and non-discrimination can’t be efficient and widespread enough without an active role of the school system. Schools grow up the future EU citizens since early childhood and can be the best drivers to share such values. The latest Eurydice report “Citizenship Education at school in
EU” (2017) showed that the approaches to citizenship education according to national curricula vary from considering it
as a cross-curricular theme, as an integrated theme into optional or compulsory subjects, to a compulsory separate
subject. The same report reveals that just Czech Republic, Malta, Romania and Lithuania mention explicitly the EU
Citizenship Education, but no one as compulsory. Starting from the above mentioned context, project partners carried out
preliminary research that showed the reasons why schools find teaching EU related topics difficult: -many teachers are
not prepared as their educational background not necessarily included European Union studies; -the resources online are
many, but they are not always user-friendly and created with adaptive approaches; -given that EU topics are not very
fascinating for students, teachers need more motivating ways to integrate such subjects within their curricula.
The project pursues to reach three main results:
-creating an e-learning to train teachers on EU related subjects and support them in including EU citizenship education at school;
-creating a tool-kit with games and several activities to make EU citizenship education attractive to students and make them working together regardless their original background and provide teachers with innovative methodologies to present such subjects at school;
-creating lessons and lesson plans on key EU topics based on visual and adaptive approaches for primary and secondary schools’ levels, to facilitate even more the introduction of such courses.
The main expected outcome of the project is to create a set of tools to promote the European Union Citizenship education at school, as well as support teachers in becoming key drivers in this process.
The project website is under construction.