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Competendo is committed to develop better learning spaces for civic competences and empowerment. The toolbox offers and shares experience, methods and inspiration for competency based learning in community, school, organization, non-formal group or institution. We develop concepts and programs for designing holistic learning spaces understood as a cooperative effort between NGOs, informal groups, citizens' networks and formal education institutions.

Empowerment for Active Citizenship

Our mission is to build a bridge between theoretical dimension (competency concept and validation frameworks), societal impact (socio-political dimension) and the concrete working fields of actors in formal and non-formal education (field dimension). We want to make concrete methodology accessible, help during planning trainings and empowerment programs and target as well facilitators and educators that have less experience or are less involved in the European and national discourses on non-formal education, didactical principles or identification of competency development. We believe, that innovative competency centered education is following a bottom-up approach. Change starts with empowering facilitators.  

Handbooks for Facilitators


The handbooks for facilitators, teacher, trainers, animators or any other educator are published as PDFs and hard copies. They present our experience and methods and aim to support with a balance of theory and practice. Beyond our handbooks you find here other inspiring practice and impulses from all over the world mostly in English language. The library will be updated regularly. Send us your proposal.

Explore: Handbooks for Facilitators


The success of competency-centered education is highly depending from the style of facilitation and the attitude of facilitators. Professionality is in this sense the challenge to connect

  • attitude - the appreciative, needs oriented, moderating, collaborative, participative and inspiring management of group processes
  • know how for planning and managing learning processes
  • knowledge about modern approaches and competency centered concepts of learning

The Competendo team is offering tailor-made concepts. Competendo training is for train-the-trainer, teacher trainings and experienced in other kind of capacity building in the fields of formal and non-formal education. What we promote in our toolboxes and handbooks is as well what we expect from ourselves.


Competendo.debate: Advocacy for Key Competency Related and Holistic Learning

Advocacy for key competency centered empowerment.

With events, trainings, networking and an international conference we shape dialogue with trainers, experts, and representatives of the different policy sectors.This dialogue leads to quality in education, to better conditions for competency based learning and to the development of new and better instruments on local, national and European level. Therefore Competendo involves in the already existing networks for Democratic Citizenship Education and includes their valuable findings and outcomes.



Editors Board

The people behind Competendo. Competendo is a platform implemented through five European organizations, edited by an international team.

Competendo Community

Education for Active and Democratic Citizenship is a collaborative task of civil society organizations, institutions of formal education such as schools or universities, or of responsible citizens within their fields of everyday life. COMPETENDO invites those as experts and partners who share these ideas.

Competendo's Development

The Competendo team started in 2015 with the collaboration as a partnership between five European organizations.

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This toolbox has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of the implementing partner organisations and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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