GEAR Curriculum: Building Inclusive Intercultural Environments Through Global Civic Education

We would like to thank you for reading this curriculum and hope it will be useful for your future practice. The curriculum presented here was built from several activities implemented within the GEAR project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission. With this project, we empowered both teachers and the youth in civic education, mutual understanding, tolerance, equality/equity, non-violent communication, interculturalism and teamwork.

The curriculum is divided into several parts. First, information on the GEAR project can be found along with the descriptions of theories underlying the curriculum with an emphasis on the importance of implementing the curriculum. The second part consists of educational outcomes that teachers and students can obtain when implementing this curriculum. Educational outcomes are separated for each target group, so it will be easier for you to find what you need.

Furthermore, it is important to note that this curriculum is describing practiced methodologies that are shown to be successful in a school setting. The last part of the curriculum provides a description of monitoring and evaluation processes and will provide examples of how to assess skills that were gained with the training programme.

This curriculum provides content of both teacher trainings and youth exchange programme, as they can be useful for different NGO’s, schools and other institutions to implement it in the future. Therefore, appendices of this curriculum bring additional value to the theoretical concepts, methodology and evaluation of the monitoring practices.

In the first appendix, you can find examples of activities that can be used with either teachers or youth in a variety of contexts. Activities implemented within the GEAR project were quite successful – all target groups reflected that they had a chance to explore different topics and that their voices were heard, which is quite important from the perspective of being an active citizenship and providing participants with the opportunity to explain and reflect on their opinions. Within this appendix, you can find different exercises and additional sheets that can help you with the implementation of the activity. Practical tips are also presented along with timing for each exercise within the activity.

Within the second appendix you can find a list of useful resources for future reference – books, handbooks, or articles, as well as hands-on resources that already exist in this field.

We hope this curriculum will be useful for you and your future work! We would be happy to hear feedback from you – so, if you decide to implement any of the activities from this curriculum or decide to implement the whole curriculum, please write us your thoughts on ways to improve the document.

Good luck with the implementation of the curriculum!

– the GEAR team