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The general ideas behind Competendo are based on shaping and strengthening individuals’ key competencies. Thanks to key competencies, people can integrate what they’ve learned into their lives as active citizens, as agents for social change or to build on these competencies in a context of societal transformation like in the digitalisation. In this way, learning is not only knowledge, but also practical skills and attitudes. All these together are helping people to thrive in complex social situations.

Why Civic Competencies are Especially Important

Education for Democratic Citzenship, understood as competency-based learning, aims to foster initiative, an active role of an individual in public life. This includes a systematic understanding of how one's individual engagement is connected to the society and the political system, or helping citizens/learners to develop a democratic attitude toward other people and groups. All of these abilities are requirements for any successful co-creation and public engagement.

  • Competency-centered learning is the approach.
  • Cooperative experiential learning is the methodology.
  • (Self-)empowerment and participation are the output.
  • Social change is the impact.

Check terminology: Glossaries

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