ELEF reaches out to young people through innovative learning formats to strengthen social inclusion and the values of democracy, freedom and equality.

Democracy Coaches

Political education is pre-structured by hierarchies between teachers and students as well as curricular requirements of learning contents. The format IDA addresses student teachers and their role as multipliers. In a comprehensive training they test project-oriented and participative methods that should lead to more critical, self-determined and application-related learning in schools. In practice phases of their studies the participating student teachers can implement these methods. The idea of schools as democratic learning environments is therefore supported and discipline-specific knowledge supplemented by new methods and approaches. The long-term and sustainable aim of this educational format is to implement project-oriented and participative methods in the curricula of teacher training at universities and schools and to also make an important contribution to the democratization of schools.

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Democracy Camp – Workshop for young people to encourage social participation

The Democracy camp addresses young people who are socio-politically involved to support them in their role as multipliers within their social environment. In this multi-day workshop they have the opportunity to work solution-oriented and creatively on questions regarding a just and ideal-typical constructed society. Being based on the method of the “future workshop” the democracy camp starts with a critical discussion about any chosen social issue and evolves in a creative utopia phase and finally in a phase of solution-oriented possible actions. The results are being practically implemented and disseminated through multimedia documentation. The possibility of working independently and self-determined on the identified and articulated social issues is crucial for the work in the Democracy camp. This way participating young people will be supported and encouraged in their participation in society and new media competence as well as networking will help broaden their participation.

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Street Education – Ad hoc discussions with pedestrians about sociopolitical issues

This format tests forms and new approaches of democratic learning environments beyond the academic framework of schools, universities and the formal education system in general. Educational opportunities should be offered especially in deprived and weaker socio-economic city districts. Those offers are open to all people but should explicitly aim at giving underprivileged and deprived young adults and social groups an access to civic issues and political education. At a mobile stall social issues like migration, elections and educational justice are presented to arouse interest of passing pedestrians. In cooperation with local networks and actors an exchange on the basis of ad hoc discussions should be enabled to initiate further critical analysis of sociopolitical issues. Street Education aims at breaking stereotypes and entrenched thinking patterns and encouraging a reflective process.

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