4 Ideas for Advocate Europe

L2C and the Pestalozzi Community of Practice have launched a cooperation!

Since January 2018, Learn to Change is supporting the Pestalozzi Community of Practice, a community  of 2000 education practitioners from all over Europe who have been involved in the Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe between 2012 and up to 2017. Today, a group of volunteer teachers and teacher educators have launched their first cooperation to participate in a call for action by ‘Advocate Europe’.

“Advocate Europe is an idea challenge for European initiatives realised by MitOst and Liquid Democracy, funded by Stiftung Mercator. We call for unconventional and transnational ideas that respond to Europe’s present challenges.

Advocate Europe is aimed at civil society actors who are looking for start-up funding and mentoring to implement their project ideas in fields such as civic education, arts and culture, social innovation and advocacy. We fund up to 12 pioneering projects per round with grants of up to €50,000 each.

From centre to periphery, Advocate Europe brings project-makers together. Since 2014, we have collected more than 1,500 ideas from 42 European countries, connected 49,745 people on our online platform and invested in 18 winning initiatives that pilot new answers for a common European future. Behind each of these ideas are people: our European change-makers. Together, we connect Europe.”

We have presented 4 ideas for projects, involving the Pestalozzi network of education professionals.

Water for Democracy

What are the implications of water for a sustainable democracy?

In Europe most of us take clean water for granted. We also want to raise awareness of the right to clean water even in slums and refugee camps. As educators, life-long learners, teachers, parents, social, political and cultural actors who care about human rights and democracy we have a shared responsibility to act for change. This about the need for clean water and its implications for democracy, meaning the necessity to ensure that clean water is a human right and that we need to learn to act in order to grant equal access for all.

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Schools as Stepping Stones for Democracy

Teachers as torchbearers for democratic education.

We propose a novel approach to dissemination by “physically” taking democratic practices to other schools. We strongly believe in the co-construction of knowledge when designing and enacting ideas and we  want to support educators in implementing practices to strengthen human rights and democracy at school. We want to acknowledge, celebrate and disseminate good practices while empowering educators to act. Members of the Learn to Change network will start the ball rolling in their own schools. In turn they will relay the good practices to the next school, to disseminate, train and address specific needs.

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Education for the Prevention of Violence

Standing up to Populism and Far Right Ideologies

The refugee and migrant crisis is challenging our democracies, feeding the rise of far right movements across Europe. If as educators we fail to speak up for the rule of law and do not act to prevent injustices and radicalization, then our learners might think we support discrimination and violence. Teachers can no longer ignore what is ailing our societies. We believe that as educators we have an added responsibility and onus to take action for change. We stress the importance of education for preparing youth and adults for democratic citizens in diverse democratic societies. For this, pedagogy makes the difference and we model what we preach. This is why we aim to empower educators for the prevention of bullying and exclusion at school and beyond by organizing workshops and webinars for teachers on democracy, human rights and prevention of violence and leading an online community of practice of like-minded educators..

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Languages as Bridges to Connect Democratic Schools

Connecting teachers and students to exchange ideas and good practices in developing democratic schools by analyzing samples of harmful language and respectful communication in a variety of languages.

Human beings possess the ability to understand each other and the world through languages. Language the powerful tool we have to transmit messages of love, hope, freedom, respect and cooperation. However, language can also be used to control, oppress and discriminate. We want to connect schools in cities across Europe  through online platforms and social networks to collect samples of communication, to share and promote communicative competence in a variety of languages for democratic schools all over Europe.

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