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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.  

Creative Commons


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We made Competendo available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 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.

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.




Nils-Eyk Zimmermann








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.