“Förderung der Demokratieerziehung im Familienalltag” (FED)
In times of the growth of right-wing populist tendencies and the increase of insults and fake news in public discourse, it is more important than ever to subtilize the following generations for values of democracy. Acting and thinking in a democratic society requires competences that should be learned and tested from the beginning onwards. That is why the project “Förderung der Demokratieerziehung im Familienalltag” (FED, english: Promotion of democracy education in everyday family life) is dealing with the three topics: democracy, family and education. Since transmitting knowledge about democracy is often very abstract and complicated, it was decided to use a didactic approach of learning through play. That is why a game will be created. For the game it is important that there are no winners or losers and that the focus is on knowledge exchange and debate. In a playful way, all participants learn what it means to act politically and to shape their own living environment together with others. They will learn to pursue their own interests, and to put themselves in the position of their counterparts. Getting to know other points of view, weighing up arguments and understanding and respecting attitudes that differ from one’s own is all part of the democratic debate and the goal of the project “FED”.
The expected results of the project are:
1. Promoting democracy education in non-formal learning
2. Engaging, connecting and empowering young people
3. Didactic approach to learning through the creation of a game
4. Production of an accompanying booklet with discussion prompts, food for thought and philosophical questions in 7 languages
Last Meeting in Oslo 30 May – 1 June 2023
The last meeting of the FED project “Förderung der Demokratieerziehung im Familienalltag” was held in the city of Oslo, Norway.
The project’s objective is to foster the integration of democratic principles into the everyday dynamics of family life.
The meeting took place in “Nyskolen”, our Norwegian partner, which is a private school that strongly emphasizes democratic principles.
The school presentation was led by students of different age groups, highlighting the significant influence of democracy on the decision-making processes within this close-knit school community. At Nyskolen, students are encouraged to express themselves freely and move without being confined by stereotypical limitations.
The central focus of the partners’ meeting was the finalization of the game, which has been redesigned and given the name “Simbolo”. The partners collaborated in testing the card game together to determine the final form of this project.
As in every meeting, the cultural part was not lacking, in fact apart from our work, we took the opportunity to visit several notable attractions in the city. First of all, the municipal park known as Vigeland Park and the impressive Munch Museum. We also had the chance to admire the striking Oslo Opera House and enjoyed leisurely walks with breathtaking views of the Norwegian Sea and the magnificent architecture around us.
Thanks to our partners for this wonderful experience and for their invaluable collaboration!
The partners of this project have met for the second time, on the island of Crete.
We started the day with a welcome from the host and a greeting from the coordinator.
At the beginning there was an interesting debate on the decision on the type of game we have to create and on the rules of it. All participants have actively contributed to the discussion with very interesting ideas. Thanks to everyone’s contribution, we have been able to transform this game, which initially started as a card game, into a board game. The environment in which this meeting took place has greatly influenced the change of the game, i.e., Greece: the cradle of democracy, mythology and legends.
In deciding the new game, we thought about the mythology of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur. Each family will have to free the democracy trapped in the middle of a spiral by answering some questions on current issues and knowledge that will allow them to open the doors and set the democracy free.
The topics we talked about most were:
- The importance of democracy in families;
- The transformation of the game (the change from a card game to a board game);
- The idea of adding knowledge questions;
- The board game design.
At the end of the meeting, we divided the tasks, we decided together the date for the next Zoom meeting and we received the certificates of attendance.
The dinner took place in the village of Agios Nikolaos, where we tasted the typical food of Crete and got to know our partners even better.
It’s been a pleasure and we are looking forward to work together again!
The first meeting of the project “FED – Förderung der Demokratieerziehung im Familienalltag” in Lüneburg, Germany from 27.04 – 29.04.2022
Del 27 al 29 de abril fue la primera reunión del proyecto FED en la ciudad de Lüneburg, Alemania. Junto con los partners de Noruega, Grecia, Bulgaria y Alemania, se discutió el próximo trabajo del proyecto.
En primer lugar, todos los participantes se saludaron y se presentaron. El teniente de alcalde de Lüneburg también fue un invitado. El proyecto comenzó con la intervención de cada uno sobre su experiencia personal de la democracia. Después, se presentaron y evaluaron los resultados de la primera encuesta de los respectivos socios del proyecto. Estos resultados fueron importantes para seguir abordando el desarrollo del juego del proyecto. El desarrollo del juego y la denominación del juego del proyecto fue el punto central de la primera reunión. Al final, se distribuyeron otras tareas y se planificó una reunión online para decidir finalmente una idea de juego.
Tras la reunión, todos los socios del proyecto cenaron juntos como cierre de la primera reunión. Gracias a todos!