While European classrooms get more and more diverse and unite students of various identities, teachers throughout Europe are not always capable of implementing diversity approaches adequately and have troubles keeping up with the variety of needs of individuals in classes. The purpose of this project was to offer teachers educational strategies for cosmopolitan engagement, diversity education, philosophical inquiry as well as the practical employment of these principles in classrooms. The modules support the development and strengthening of skills, such as critical, creative and empathetic thinking, which are necessary for active participation in democratic processes and living together in diversity. Topics include human rights, racism, migration, climate change, globalisation, fair trade and consumption.
In the exchange between the employees of the partner organizations, learning materials and additional multimedia contents were created that make use of modern didactic tools. Teachers can look forward to a wealth of materials and modules based on the findings and results of successful projects by the renowned institutions of the University of Naples, Georg Eckert Institute, Südwind Association and the Austrian Center of Philosophy with Children and Youth, developed in close cooperation with the other partners and adapted to the European context. These include a curriculum specially developed for the promotion of cosmopolitan commitment for philosophising with children and young people, teaching diversity sensitivity and the global approach to learning.
The platform includes three main elements:
Additionally the project offers off- and online teacher training for educators in schools and institutions providing formal and informal education for youth in order to introduce them to the underlying ideas and prepare them to most effectively implement the project materials in their classrooms.
The project was realised with the financial support of the European Commission. All materials and information are available in six languages: German, English, Italian, Polish, Slovak and Slovenian.
8 partners from 5 countries: