Citizen E is a European project partially funded by the European Commission's Minerva Programme that ran from October 2004 till September 2006. Its objectives were to improve teachers’ ICT skills as well as their intercultural communication skills and to develop and share useful teaching materials related to European citizenship. During its lifetime, the project revolved around a commonly used online platform aimed at European teachers involving almost 1500 teachers and students in Italy, Poland, Ireland and Belgium.
One of the key activities of the project was to disseminate best practice regarding e-twinning activities. Based on the experiences gathered during Citizen E, the project partners have written a Best Practice Manual intended as a guideline for European and national training institutions who are interested in setting up school twinning activities. This Best Practice Manual includes guidelines and recommendations as well as concrete examples of school twinning activities carried out during the project lifetime.
Download the Citizen E Best Practice Manual here
The Citizen E project is coming to an end and to mark the occasion a competition was held to identify and reward those schools carrying out the best projects in the eyes of the independent panel of judges appointed by the Citizen E partnership. To find out who the winners are, check the Citizen E website. Citizen E is a school twinning project partially funded by the EC
Citizen E has entered its second round of activities. About 60 schools are currently involved in a twinning activity and are starting up their projects. The topics of these projects are very diverse, while some schools emphasize cultural or political aspects, others emphasize more the regional, religious or gender related aspects of European Citizenship.
Our Belgian project partner (Kaho) is currently organising a second teacher workshop in Gent (Belgium). During this workshop the new participating teachers will be trained on how to use the collaborative platform that was especially created for this project and in basic ICT skills.
The new school year has got off to a great start for Citizen E with teacher workshops organised in Poland, Ireland and Italy for the teachers taking part in the 2005/2006 school year, more than 30 people taking part in the training session organised by WOM in Czestochowa on 27 September. The process of twinning the schools has already begun and project work between participating schools begins in October.
Teachers from Belgium, Poland, Ireland and Italy took part in the Citizen E Training course organised by ATiT in the Pixel training centre in Florence from 13 to 18 June. During the 5 day training programme they covered different aspects of ICT use in the classroom, including collaborative platforms like the Citizen E platform, the use of different applications and how to make their own video materials.
Between 7th and 14th March 2005 Citizen E teacher workshops took place in Italy, Poland, Belgium and Ireland. In total 63 teachers participated in the workshops. They received more information about the Citizen E project, learned how to use the Citizen E platform and exchanged ideas about possible twinning activities and action projects they could set up in the upcoming months.
On 17th and 18th February the Citizen E project partners gathered in Mayo Education Centre, Ireland, to develop a workshop for the Citizen E teachers. On Thursday evening, after a long working day, the Irish hosts organised a buffet reception to launch Citizen E in Ireland on which they invited MEP Marian Harkin and people from other educational bodies.
For more information please consult the project web site where you will find the latest news about the project.
On 25th January Flemish teachers participating in the first round of Citizen E activities gathered in the Katholieke Hogeschool Sint-Lieven in Gent. After a short introduction of the project and its main partners they received information on the virtual platform LDU with which they will work during the project. At the end of the meeting the group already did a short brainstorm on the kind of mini-projects they could organise in their school. For more information on the project, go and have a look at the project web site.
ATiT is coordinating a new Minerva project, Citizen E. Together with four teacher in-service training centres in Ireland, Italy, Poland and Belgium ATiT will train local teachers in using simple ICT tools to develop teaching materials and activities on the topic of European Citizenship. The project started off on 4 and 5 November with a Kick-Off Meeting in Leuven, Belgium.