CANDIICE creative approaches to democracy education in non-formal settings
The flexibility of non-formal youth work activities allows experimental and experiential learning to be tested and explored. This gives infinite scope for developing powerful, immersive learning experiences that may be more difficult to employ in the more constrained environments of formal education settings.
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF CANDIICE THAT HELP BUILD DEMOCRATIC CITIZENS?
CANDIICE focuses on creative and experiential learning methods to promote the following:
- More powerful involvement of young people in active citizenship
- Increased awareness of social issues and the active roles young people can
- Reduction of discrimination and exclusion
- Increasing the sense of empowerment
- Valuing diversity
- Exploring own and others’ identities and heritage
- Recognising and valuing interdependence
- Finding creative ways to express emotions, feelings and ideas
- Developing skills of collaboration for collective social action
- Gaining political awareness through active and experiential learning
- Resisting and challenging stereotyping
- Develop critical media awareness to detect bias
- Recognising, asserting and claiming universal human rights
- Developing communication skills to resist discrimination
In this guide and toolkit, we show how each workshop links to the learning concepts above.
The following videos and documents are tools for teachers or youth workers to organize artistic, creative and experiential workshops for young people about the complex issues of citizenship and democracy. These workshops were organized in 2021 and were delivered by six artists working with different groups of young people to increase their knowledge of democratic participation and citizenship and make them aware of their belonging to a society. The artists adopted unique and creative approaches that involved working with issues real for the young people, such as identity, inclusion, difficult situations and diversity, and each artist explains the process of creation and how he/she works with young people.
These workshops show how high-quality, experiential workshops can be run with groups of young people. The facilitators are experienced creative practitioners, and, by watching the videos, listening to the commentary and then reading the detailed explanations and step-by-step workshop guides, you can develop the skills and confidence to organize and lead similar sessions. The target group and the material are indicated in the file attached.
This toolkit aims to make education for democracy much more creative, imaginative, and artistic!
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