MIND-OPENING TO ECONOMY. CREATIVE APPROACHES TO ECONOMIC LITERACY

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What’s this, inflation? What’s going on in Europe, inflation or deflation? How to explain the problems of the Euro project? What about the economic and social consequences of the “Brexit” in all over Europe? How to solve a banking crisis? Which role plays a Central Bank in an economy; which role should it play? What are the reasons for the growing gap between rich and poor? What concepts of “green economy” exist?

OBJECTIVES

Voting is seen as a primary factor of active citizenship, contributing to a successful democracy. Moreover the aim of citizenship and values education is no longer just about encouraging formal political participation in civic community, but also preparing for informal contribution in civil society. Obtaining  a greater understanding and appreciation of issues of identity and belonging, community cohesion, diversity and inclusion in society is another important factor of citizenship knowledge as well as  development of a sense of citizenship in a global context, particularly around issues of sustainable development.

Economic thinking is more and more present in daily lives, politics and global developments. However, there is a lack of understanding the ‘big picture’ of a market economy and the role that citizens play in. This meets a widely spread feeling of uncertainty. As people normally refer to interpretations in public discourse, there is a threat of getting attracted by nationalist perspectives on social phenomenons. But democracy needs education, socio-economic education too.

ACTIVITIES

This project brings 4 organisations from East, West and Central Europe together to exchange good practises in economic learning by combining:

a) creative approaches of civic education;

b) economic issues such as labour market and employability, money, management skills for life, environmental economics, consumer behaviour;

c) a European perspective on recent macro-economic developments. In order to allow a democratic learning, partners seek to reflect these questions in a multi-perspective way taking different economic “schools” into consideration.

As project’s result, the consortium produces teaching material to be applied in adult and citizenship education.

     Partners:

  • Kairos Europe, London/Uk
  • Weltgewandt. Institut for Intercultural Political Education, Berlin/DE (Coordinator)
  • EDUcentrum o.s., Prague/CZ
  • PEIPSI CTC, Tartu/EE

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