12 May A-grade Citizens!
THEMATIC FIELD OF THE PROJECT:
Higher, secondary and primary education
(of which € 134,999.87 was provided through financial support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the European Economic Area and Norway grants)
SOURCE OF FUNDING:
Active Citizenship Fund, Government of the Republic of Croatia, Office for Cooperation with NGOs
Institute for the Development of Education // Štedopis Association // Croatian Debate Society // Humanum Association // Norsenus Mediaforum, Norway // Virovitica Vocational School // Daruvar School of Economics and Tourism // J. A. Komenskog Daruvar Czech Elementary School // Josipa Ružičke Czech Elementary School Končanica // School of Economics Požega // Gymnasium Matija Mesić Slavonski Brod // Elementary school Ivana Mažuranića Vinkovci // Elementary school 22. lipnja Sisak // Elementary school Antun Matijašević Karamaneo Vis
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT:
One of the challenges facing young people today is the lack of economic, financial and media literacy and the lack of opportunities to develop this knowledge and skills, without which they find it difficult to actively and effectively participate in the community. This challenge poses a particular risk in the current social and economic circumstances, in which unemployment is expected to rise and living standards to fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, the project “A-Grade Citizens!” Was designed to strengthen the democratic culture, civic awareness and civic engagement of young people through the development and implementation of civic education programs in three areas: a) economic, financial and media literacy, b) personal and social development and c) sustainable development.
The project holder is the Institute for the Development of Education, which is implementing the project in cooperation with Štedopis, Croatian Debate Society, Humanum, Norsensus Mediaforum (Norway – donor country) and nine partner primary and secondary schools. As part of the project, educational programs in the field of financial literacy, sustainability and personal development will be designed and developed in which schools from Bjelovar-Bilogora, Sisak-Moslavina, Virovitica-Podravina, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Vukovar-Srijem and Split-Dalmatia counties will participate. In addition to educational programs, an e-textbook on civic education will be designed and published. Students will be involved in educational workshops, debates and online quizzes to develop knowledge and skills for equal and active participation in economic processes and creating new solutions in their communities. The project will include 40 teachers who will develop their knowledge of teaching young people about economic, financial and media literacy and will be able to continue teaching their students on these topics after the project. In addition, the project will include 45 members of vulnerable groups (young Roma, the elderly on the brink of poverty and students belonging to national minorities) for which specialized educational programs tailored to their specific needs will be developed. Volunteers working with these groups will strengthen their knowledge of financial literacy to continue to apply what they have learned in their future work. Based on this project, which includes research into the effectiveness of created educational programs, the Institute for the Development of Education will formulate recommendations for improving educational processes in the field of civic education.
The main goal of the project is to strengthen democratic culture, civic awareness and civic engagement of young people in Bjelovar-Bilogora, Sisak-Moslavina, Virovitica-Podravina, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Vukovar-Srijem, Split-Dalmatia County and in Zagreb through development and implementation civic education in three areas:
a) economic, financial and media literacy
b) personal and social development
c) sustainable development
- A total of 500 students in Bjelovar-Bilogora, Sisak-Moslavina, Virovitica-Podravina, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Vukovar-Srijem and Split-Dalmatia counties will acquire knowledge and skills of civic education, and 40 teachers in these counties will educate are for quality interdisciplinary and subject civic education in schools through regular classes.
- Empower 45 members of vulnerable groups, of which 25 are elderly people on the brink of poverty from Požega-Slavonia County, 20 members of the Roma national minority from Zagreb. 100 students and 12 teachers belonging to the Czech national minority from the Czech primary schools of the partners are included in the 1st special goal. for active participation in society through the implementation of tailored civic education programs. These 100 students (and 12 teachers) are included in the total number of 500 students (and 40 teachers) who make up the first target group of the project. In addition, training will be provided to 3 volunteers working with the target group of elderly people on the brink of poverty and members of the Roma national minority.
- Establish the level of civic education of young people before and at the end of the project so that advocacy for civic education in schools is evidence-based.