SLEAD Europe – Service-Learning for Democracy in Europe. Supporting Teachers in Applying Democratic Competences Model
SLEAD supports teachers in applying democratic competences models.
Project Number: ΚΑ220-ΒΕ-22-24-89850
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: December 2022- November 2024
In recent years, European democratic societies have faced challenges from both internal anti-democratic movements and external threats. Recognizing the importance of civic education, the EU and member states have taken steps to strengthen it through various means. The Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) is a notable example.
However, many teachers struggle to apply theoretical concepts effectively in their lessons, creating a gap between theory and practice. Service-Learning (S-L) is a teaching method that combines formal education with civic engagement, allowing students to acquire democratic competences holistically.
S-L has been scientifically proven and politically acknowledged as an effective method that supports personal development, social competences, and curricular knowledge and skills, particularly strengthening democratic competences. While S-L is gaining recognition and implementation in European schools, its potential for structured acquisition of democratic competences in secondary education is still underdeveloped.
SLEAD aspires to assist educators in teaching democratic competencies by promoting the incorporation of Service Learning into formal school education.