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Welcome to Understanding Europe!

Understanding Europe is the Schwarzkopf Foundation’s European network for Democratic Citizenship Education. It offers courses for and by young people and is committed to fostering democracy, diversity and participation in Europe.

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Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of Understanding Europe’s courses and activities are taking place digitally. More information can be found here.

Educational Approach

Learn more about our approach of Peer Education and what it means for our work with young people throughout Europe.

EU-Crash-Courses

This four-hour analogue or digital format provides students with basic knowledge on the EU and Europe. It addresses questions such as: Why does the EU exist? How does it work? And how can I have a say in it? The methodology is based on interaction and exchange.

Media-Crash Course

This course consists of purely digital formats which can be combined flexibly, allowing to customize content and length. It aims to teach students basic media skills and deals with questions such as: How do journalists work? What makes media reliable? How can I react to hate speech?

Educational Materials

Here, you can find our publications, workshop manuals, illustrations, videos and other materials – all freely accessibly. Depending on their format, they are availabe in English, German and other languages.

 

Personal Responsibility

We empower young people to develop and execute their own projects and seek to give them a voice.

Democratic Citizenship Education

We facilitate an understanding of the values, attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary for participating in a democratic Europe.

Peer Approach

Our trainers are young volunteers who are between 16 and 27 years old. Because of their own experiences, they are able to relate to the life and perspectives of young people.

Guidance

We see ourselves as learning partners and counsellors. Our educational programme connects young people with civil society actors from different countries.

Become a Trainer!

Our courses are developed and conducted by young trainers. Learn how to become a trainer yourself and how our qualification program supports you in doing so.

European Summer School

The annual European Summer School is our core training event for experienced Trainers from our network. Through participating in diverse and intensive courses, they are prepared for conducting Trainings for Trainers in their own project countries.

Our Network

Our network consists of youth organizations in 11 European countries who implement and run the project on the ground. Find your local contact and approach them if you want to book a course or learn more about their work!

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