active citizenship

  • to give to the parents knowledges and tools to become more aware of their active citizenship.
  • to give to the parents knowledges and tools to play a role of advocacy on lgbt rights with the european bodies and institutions.

1. Definition and objectives

Learning for (active, democratic) citizenship means becoming aware of one’s rights and responsibilities and developing the capability for participation in society.

For the Council of Europe, education for democratic citizenship
- equips men and women to play an active part in public life and to shape in a responsible way their own destiny and that of their society;

- aims to instil a culture of human rights which will ensure full respect for those rights and understanding of responsibilities that flow from them;

- prepares people to live in a multicultural society and to deal with difference knowledgeably, sensibly, tolerantly and morally.

It is a form of literacy : it aims at coming to grips with what happens in public life, being “lucid” (France), developing knowledge, understanding, critical thinking and independent judgement of local, national, European, global levels

It implies action : it implies empowerment, i.e. acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes, being able and willing to use them, make decisions, take action individually and collectively

It is based on values : human rights, pluralist democracy, the rule of law, respect for diversity, solidarity, responsibility

Learning for citizenship includes cognitive (knowledge), pragmatic (action), and affective (values) aspects. The interdependence of the three aspects is illustrated by the English citizenship education cube.[1]


[1] Education for citizenship and the teaching of democracy in schools, Final report of the Advisory Group on Citizenship (Crick report), September 1998