Transnational 3-day exchange and education for teachers and educators Teaching Solidarity included around 20 school teachers, educators and youth workers from civil society organizations from Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia. Exchange was focused on learning from best practices of global civic education to promote democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship.
The goal of the GEAR – Global Education and Active Response for the Protection of Human Rights, Inclusion and Democratic Values in Intercultural Societies project is to contribute to intercultural understanding through cooperation of CSOs with formal education systems, teachers and students and encourage exchange, improvement and up-scaling of existing best practices of global, civic and intercultural learning among schools at local, regional, national and transnational levels. Its general objective is to prevent violent radicalisation and to promote democratic values, fundamental rights, intercultural understanding and active citizenship.
The project is upgrading the existing programs for social inclusion and civic/intercultural education of youth and teachers implemented by the project partners, programs developed both by schools and CSOs. Some of these individual programs have a long tradition of implementation at national levels in each country, but they are enhanced and upgraded in accordance with the actual needs and expanded transnationally, enabling a transnational exchange of existing successful practices among partners and teachers in different countries.
Teachers and educators are encouraged to educate children and young people in civic and intercultural education, human rights, tolerance towards the other and critical thinking. Expected outcomes have included:
• Enhanced teachers’ competences (knowledge, attitudes and skills) for teaching global civic education and medial literacy
• Enhanced teachers’ competences for intercultural dialogue and communication in intercultural setting, their sensibility to identify, support and promote a multitude of categories of diversity within the multicultural environments.
• Enhanced teachers ‘awareness for recognizing the presence of stereotypes and prejudices in the school context and in media as well as the consequences of on line hate speech and the possibilities of prevention
• Enhanced cooperation between CSOs and schools in developing and implementing civic education for global solidarity, supporting teachers and educators.