Democracy in Education: Empowering Sustainable Schools

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Democracy in Education: Empowering Sustainable Schools course aims to introduce participants to the principles of democratic education, with a particular focus on the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC). By employing a competence-based approach to education, the course encourages teachers to reflect on their teaching practices and promotes cultural diversity, empathy, and multiple perspectives. It also addresses issues such as prejudice, xenophobia, discrimination, and effective interpersonal communication within the context of democratic, sustainable, and intercultural education.

Participants will identify opportunities of intercultural and sustainable learning from the multifaceted and dynamic dimensions of different identities and cultures as they learn from each other.

Furthermore, the course aims to enhance educators' abilities to manage cooperation and competition, envision ideal sustainable and democratic schools, and ensure equitable educational outcomes for all students. It examines the compatibility of the RFCDC and ESD with national educational systems and explores the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through practical activities and workshops, participants will develop tangible skills and resources applicable to their school environments.

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Target group are the school management, teachers, special education teachers and all other education professionals working in school education, adult education and VET.

The course covers a wide range of topics that schools need to consider and tackle when introducing future skills in their school:

  • Clarifying Concepts: Exploring sustainability, sustainable lifestyles, responsible consumption, global citizenship, and the synergies between them.
  • Expanding Knowledge: Deepening understanding of education paradigms associated with sustainability, global citizenship, and transformative education.
  • Enhancing Capacities: Strengthening educators' abilities to integrate sustainability values and develop educational programs fostering environmental awareness and sustainable lifestyles.
  • Exploring Methodologies: Investigating new pedagogical tools applicable to educational programs.
  • Motivating Educators: Inspiring educators to contribute to building coherent, harmonious, and sustainable societies through their professional roles.
  • Facilitating Exchange: Providing a platform for educators from diverse contexts to share experiences and perspectives.

The course methodology aspires creating an output. Working individually or in groups on a concrete product to be used in your own school. Participants are given time to develop these outputs and the trainers coach and support them throughout the week, if necessary even long after courses have finished as a follow up.

Earn a certificate

The course participants will get a Certificate of Active Attendance.

The competences acquired will be validated by the course organisers on the Europass mobility.

What makes Euneos the leading course provider in Europe?

Euneos consistently rises to the challenge, empowering our clients with a wide selection of outstanding courses. We're committed to delivering excellence that meets the Quality Standards for courses under Key Action 1 and Rules of application, Annex I - Erasmus Quality Standards, as required by the European Commission.

On-site courses

Democracy in Education: Empowering Sustainable Schools on-site courses take place in Ohrid, North Macedonia and Thessaloniki, Greece. Democracy in Education: Empowering Sustainable Schools are 7 day courses that start on Sunday afternoon and end on Saturday at 13:00 o'clock.

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  • 26 May - 1 June 2024, Ohrid, North Macedonia
  • 6 - 12 October 2024, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Euneos has an international team of trainers who are the most experienced in the field of their expertise. Meet Euneos' trainers for the Democracy in Education: Empowering Sustainable Schools course:

Main organiser / trainer

Natalija Aceska, PhD

  • Biology teacher and former principal of a VET school in North Macedonia
  • Advisor at the Bureau for Development of Education, Ministry of Education and Science of North Macedonia 
  • Executive director of "Knowledge Harvest" NGO , North Macedonia
  • EPAN (European Policy Advice Network) expert and an ETINED (European Committee on Democracy and Governance) expert
  • One of Council of Europe project's leaders on integrating the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in education
  • Certified GLOBE International trainer 
  • Scientix Ambassador of Scientix Project for North Macedonia 

She has completed a doctoral dissertation exploring the integration of education for sustainable development into the educational process. As an author, she has a portfolio encompassing research works and manuals that address key aspects of education, sustainable development, and STEM initiatives. She has actively conducted numerous training sessions and workshops, sharing insights and fostering professional development within the educational community.

Euneos choice of venues is based on two essentials: delivering professionalism and assuring personal well-being in order to warrant enjoyable course experience.

Ohrid, North Macedonia

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Thessaloniki, Greece

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