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.
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.
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?
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.
We empower young people to develop and execute their own projects and seek to give them a voice.
We facilitate an understanding of the values, attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary for participating in a democratic Europe.
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.
We see ourselves as learning partners and counsellors. Our educational programme connects young people with civil society actors from different countries.