ERIC Number: ED454155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-19
Reference Count: N/A
De Kracht Van Je Stem: An Educational Project on the Flemish and Their Authorities.
Lenaerts, Robert; Wyns, Chris
In 1996, the Flemish Education Council was commissioned to create an educational project on the Flemish and their authorities, since authorities believed that education could play a major role in people's understanding of federal logic and the working of institutions. The Council developed a package on the Flemish and their authorities which was intended to educate students to be self-reliant and outspoken; encourage student participation in and responsibility for social events; and create open, analytical minds with the ability to clarify values. This paper describes political and democratic education, explaining that citizenship education is increasingly present in European curricula. It notes how students must be taught democratic values and critical thinking skills and must learn to express their opinions soundly and in an acceptable manner. It explains that in order for democratic education to succeed, it must begin with relevant problems from within the students' own worlds which are embedded in a wider social context. Using an integrated approach helps make democratic education successful. Other factors that are important in democratic education include a focus on school climate, on the school's learning activities and projects, and on the informal school curriculum. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Flemish Education Council, Brussels (Belgium).
Identifiers - Location: Belgium