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 is to offer teachers educational strategies for cosmopolitan engagement, diversity education, philosophical inquiry as well as the practical employment of these principles in classrooms. The materials will support the acquisition of skills needed for active participation in democratic processes, critical thinking and living in diverse societies, as well as topics concerning human rights, climate change, globalization, fair trade and consumption.
To reach these objectives, we will combine the findings and results of several successful projects and initiatives implemented in school education in several countries so far. These include a curriculum for philosophy with children developed especially for the advancement of cosmopolitan engagement, teaching about diversity through multimedia and the global learning approach. All materials will be offered as OER on an online educational platform in at least 6 European languages.
The platform will include four main elements:
– A curriculum for implementing philosophical inquiry in classrooms
– Ready-to-use modules for teaching about diversity and global issues
– Multilingual media library with a collection of resources, materials and model projects in different countries
– Online tutorials for teachers on how to use and implement the materials
Additionally the project will offer 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 final product of the project will be launched in December 2019 and will be available in 6 languages (Polish, English, Italian, German, Slovak, Slovene). The project is being developed thanks to support from the Erasmus+ programme.