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NECE RFCDCOn 24.09.2020 another meeting of the NECE focus group took place. It has existed since the beginning of 2019 and Demokrative is actively participating. The focus group reflects the implementation of the Council of Europe's Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) in various countries and projects and draws up recommendations. Together with experts and practitioners from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, Demokrative co-founder Rebecca Welge is a member of the focus group.

The RFCDC provides a reference framework for civic and democratic education that describes competences for a democratic culture and offers guidance on how to promote these competences at different levels from the classroom to curriculum design.

In its work, the Demokrative repeatedly refers to the RFCDC. In the focus group, we have put up for discussion the experiences gained in the projects Building blocks of democracy and Demogames. In the Building Blocks project we use the indicators of the RFCDC for project evaluation. In the Demogames project, the RFCDC forms a central basis for the development of educational games and the definition of learning goals.

At the meeting in September, the focus group developed recommendations for various actors in school and out-of-school educational work and educational policy. It became clear that in various countries it was a challenge to reconcile the work with the RFCDC with the respective curricula and political culture. This coincides with our experience in the Swiss context. A detailed report on the experiences and recommendations of the focus group will follow at the end of the year. We will inform you here.

Demokrative is involved in international exchange in the focus group and beyond and maintains a network of national and international experts. The experience gained from such exchange is constantly integrated into the further development of our work and our projects.

DEMOGAMES LOGO TRANSPARENTDemokrative announces the opening of applications for the selection of young people for the “DEMOGAMES C1” Youth Exchange, within the framework of the European Union Erasmus+ program.

September 2020, 25th - 30th, Almuñécar, Spain (/ or local groups & online meetings!)
5 days of meeting, playing, discussing, designing...

  • Participants will play and playtest board games,
  • practice their creativity in design activities and
  • learn about democracy.

Please find more information in the » call for participants.
co funded ErasmusDeadline for applications is 15th of July. This is a rolling call – it might be that we select earlier, if enough aspirants were contacting us.

Our Demokrative General Assembly 2020 was held in Zurich on 17 February. The annual report and the financial statements for 2019 were approved and an outlook on the plans for 2020 was given.

We are pleased to welcome Marina Bolzli as a new member of the managing board!
The new managing board of Demokrative consists of Rebecca Welge, Sabine Jenni and Marina Bolzli.

And our association Demokrative is now based in Bern, our new postal address is

Demokrative - Initiative for Civic Education, Schwarztorstr. 7, 3007 Bern

co funded ErasmusThe  project 'Analog and Digital Game-Based-Learning Tools for Youth Work', DEMOGAMES (Erasmus+ KA2 – Youth in Action, 2019-2022) is based on the didactic approach of game-based learning and applies it to teaching young citizens on democracy. Quartettkarten CHThe main outcome of DEMOGAMES will be a “democracy game box” (D-BOX), which will include a set of analogue and digital democracy games that practitioners (youth workers, trainers, and teachers) can use to teach democracy from different perspectives and to engage young people in a participatory way.
Demokrative is the Swiss cooperation partner in the DEMOGAMES project, which follows on from our Lets' Play Democracy Barometer project.

20200215 ZurichProjectmeeting webThe second meeting of the DEMOGAMES project took place in Zurich on 14-15 February. At the invitation of Demokrative, representatives of the five partner organisations met to plan the development of educational games on the topic of democracy. In the run-up we had collected game sketches and evaluated them according to various criteria. In Zurich, we deepened the discussion based on inputs and discussions on topics such as game mechanisms, understanding of democracy and learning goals. We set ourselves the ambitious goal that the games should work well and promote competences for a democratic culture, which are described in the Council of Europe's reference framework.

Various international teams are now working on the further development of individual game ideas. The first prototypes are to be tested as early as autumn,
co funded Erasmuswhen the next project meeting and a workshop for young people on the topics of teaching democracy and game development is on the agenda, this time in Spain. Call for application for participation in the workshop will follow on this page.

DARE published a new textbook/toolkit on Populism, Post-factualism and Radicalisation and its relation to Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) work with young people.
The publication [» “STEPS – Survival Toolkit for EDC in Post-factual Societies”] includes case reports and policy analysis on the consequences of right-populist and right-wing agenda setting on EDC work to discuss where pedagogical work with youth is concretely affected on a practical level: what practical concepts and approaches exist to work on these issues? The publication includes policy recommendations, expert texts, and a collection of tools and methods.
Our guest contribution 'Using (non-digital) games to teach and learn about Democracy' (authors: Rebecca Welge, Saskia Ruth-Lovell, Robert Lovell, p 93f.) shares insights from different activities, which are based on (analogous) games to foster education about and for democracy.

The [» European network DARE] advocates for independent human rights and democratic citizenship education. Demokrative is a member of the Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe (DARE) Network since 2018.

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