Follow up: “Democratic Competences in the Digital Era” International Conference and 2nd Partner Meeting

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When: 6 - 7 July 2017

Where: SNSPA headquarters, 30A Expoziției Boulevard, sector 1, Bucharest

Agenda: draft

The participants came from different backgrounds, both at national and European levels: academia, NGO’s, the Romanian Ministry of National Education, the Institute for Education Sciences, teachers, the Council of Europe, the European Commission etc. This way, we managed to approach the discussed issue from different points of views and obtain a holistic image of the subject.

Among the speakers were: Professor Iordan Gh. BĂRBULESCU, PhD, President of ARRISE and European Citizen of the Year 2016, Professor Remus PRICOPIE, PhD, Rector of SNSPA and Vice-President of International Association of Universities (IAU), Professor Cezar BÎRZEA, PhD, former Director of the Romanian Institute for Education Sciences and current Director of the Centre of European Studies on Human Migrations, Katia DOLGOVA-DREYER, Programme Coordinator Human Rights and Democracy in Action – Council of EuropeChristel DE-JONGE, Policy Assistant Directorate-General for Education Youth, Sport and Culture – European CommissionCălin RUS, Expert for the Council of Europe and Director of the Intercultural Institute in TimișoaraEugen STOICA, General Inspector for Socio-Human Sciences, Romanian Ministry of National Education, Ionela CIOLAN, President of Amnesty International Romania, Silvia FLOAREA, Learnity, Associate Professor Ioan Cosmin MIHAI, “Al.I.Cuza” Academy of Police and Politehnica University from Bucharest, Veronica ȘTEFANSocial DOers, Digital Citizens Romania, Teodora STOICASave the Chidren România, Raluca SĂFTESCU, Euro Youth Club Association and UEFISCDI, Nick DRĂGOI and Ileana RUSENESCU, Go Live on Digital Academy, Karolina PUTTOVA and Jan JANOUCH from the coordinating organization of the project, Antikomplex (Czech Republic), as same as other representatives from the other 5 partner countries.

The discussions during the conference focused both on the formal curriculum that incorporates elements related to CDC, as same as non-formal and informal activities that can help implement CDC in the context of the digital era. The representatives from the Ministry of National Education and the Institute for Education Sciences presented the new developments in terms of formal curriculum, while NGO representatives introduced the participants to their activities in their fields.

The partners presented the results of the project in each involved country: main points from the focus groups; a summary of workshop outcomes and best practices regarding the methodologies, tools or lessons elaborated during them; and the results after applying the test suggested by Professor Cezar Bîrzea from Romania regarding the way in which educators perceive the competences for democratic culture.

In the end, all stakeholders involved were excited about the results, as they had the chance to interact with each other and make new contacts for future partnerships.

The second day of the event (July the 7th) was address only to project partners, as it included discussions about the future structure of the final strategy paper and identifying a set of common recommendations to be included in the latter.


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