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Competendo is committed to developing better learning spaces for civic competences and empowerment. The toolbox offers and shares experience, methods and inspiration for competency based learning in communities, schools, organizations, and non-formal groups or institutions. 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 the 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 with the planning of trainings and empowerment programs, and target 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 can find other inspiring practice and impulses from all over the world, mostly in English-language. The library will be updated regularly. Send us your proposal.

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Competendo's Journey

Five organizations active in citizenship education from four European countries created Competendo in 2015. They were motivated by their own facilitation practices, inspired by the approaches of Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, a program of Robert Bosch Stiftung and saw their need to structure their own experiences and share it with the public. MitOst (coordinator, DE), Ideas Factory (BG), SKORO (PL), Südwind (AT) and Working Between Cultures (DE) built the online platform between 2015 and 2018 in cooperation with facilitators, educators, and experts from around Europe. Since 2019, DARE - Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe - coordinates Competendo.


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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.

Become Part of Competendo

Support and enrich Competendo. Include your good practice and experience. Share quality open educational resources.

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The content of this toolbox is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. This means in detail you are free: to copy, distribute and transmit the work, to adapt it and to make commercial use of the work.


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Competendo's Development

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


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