Future Labs on Europe at Schools
The project #FutureLabEU is subdivided into two types of events taking place throughout Germany: First, 15 future labs conducted at schoolscovering the viability and future challenges of the European Union, also comprising an exchange with a political decision-maker. Second, five training courses in European civic education for multipliers.
The project is co-financed by the European Commission. Therefore, all events can be offered free of charge.
Future Labs for pupils
The workshops aspire to confront the pupils with the dichotomous future of Europeans urban and rural areas. Long-term social, economic and ecological changes like the demographic change, future developments on the labor market in cities and rural areas and the digitalization are covered. One thematic priority is on future challenges in food and farming.
The workshops are organized in various parts building on each other: After receiving the first input the pupils are divided into laboratory’s elaborating various challenges of European urban and rural areas. This workshop phase is guided by the methodical three steps concept of criticism, fantasy, and reality.
The Future Labs conclude with a round-table discussion with a political decision-maker of the region, providing an opportunity for the pupils to reflect on their acquired knowledge and share their visions with the politician.
Training for multipliers
This part of the project is the continuation of the project “Europe learning and teaching”. In course of this project 16 teacher trainings in European civic education have already been conducted. The teacher trainings comprise simulation games and further methods as well as various materials which can be incorporated into school lessons.
The advanced training “Europe in a nutshell – the policy cycle as guideline for civic education” is structured interactively and emphasizes the interlink of theory and practice. It derives from a flexible teacher unite in European civic education. Further information can be found at www.politikzyklus.eu.
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Pupils from the 10th grade onwards (14-21 years) teachers, teachers in training and university students in general and vocational education
Getting to know new and innovative methods to teach European Politics. The projects highlight the future viability of Europe Union, its elementary important for the stability of the European society, its significant in the context of climate change and sustainability, and its relevance as a driver for technological innovation.
August 2018 until July 2019
Future Labs Trainings