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CIVICO will be presented at the YOURopa Conference on Promoting the Concepts and Ideas of Active European Citizenship in the Framework of the European Year of Citizens 2013.
London, 26-27 June 2013
Civic competence can be defined as ‘the ability and willingness to engage in active participation, based on an attitude of trust in other people, in all the contexts of social life: school, local community, working place, recreational activities’. From an individual point of view, civic competence is a tool for empowering the individual and giving them the motivation, autonomy and responsibility to control their own lives beyond the social circumstances in which they find themselves. From a social point of view civic competence, by helping to create social capital, underpins democracy and social and economic development. For its importance, The European Commission has listed civic competence as one of the key competences to be developed under EU Lifelong Learning strategy. In specific, each Member State should ensure initial education and training that offers all young people the means to develop it. Following the Recommendation, many Member states have started to incorporate civic competence development in their schools’ curricula.
The Project CIVICO wants to foster this trend by producing a Guide on developing civic competence in students. The project started in January 2011 and will continue till the end of 2012. The consortium is formed by 4 main partners (the Faculty of Education of three universities and two organizations whose mission is to support schools in raising the quality of education) plus 10 schools who will pilot the Guide.