5- Education system and citizen participation


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    Activity I – Is our Education still efficient? Spain is a country with a high rate of school dropout, particularly in Andalusia. In a technology and globalisation era it is time to test ourselves. We will analyse our Education system, the ratio of boys and girls in High schools and Vocational Training Courses, the use of technologies, the attitudes which are rewarded or those ones which are not encoraged and we will make a poster with the main conclusions.
    Activity II - What is politics? If we take the classic definition of politics as a concern for public affairs, we will analyze the different forms of public participation that go beyond voting. We will take into account neighbourhood associations, NGOs, tides etc.

    Activity III –  Responsible consumption.

    We will analyse the consumption and waste at home. How much rubbish do we throw away?.If we recycle and what our consumption habits are. Do we take sustainable consumption into account? What is most important when buying, only price and product? There are more factors we can consider. We will visit different institutions concerning fair trade shops and we will carry out a brief research on alternatives of responsible production such as fairphone.
    Activity IV – Are the taxes a burden? The public money is usually seen as no one’s money. That is why it is very important to look at what we do with it. For this purpose, each country can visit the tax offices where we could know how public money is spent and how much the things that we do not pay cost, be it a bin or one night at hospital.
    Activity V – Sweden will be the leader of this meeting due to the prestige of the Nordic Education system and its high level of social engagement. They will explain to us what their Education system is like, resources, spaces etc, use of taxes and employment as well as the most well-known ways of citizen participation among young people. Partners, in turn, will show the posters of the first activity.

    Activity VI – Education structure.

    a)    Each country will draw an organization chart of its school.
    b)     Each school will show a simple Education System chart, age to start school, when you finish, different studies, connections between them, what measures are taken into account with students with special educational needs etc.
    c)    In international teams, they will analyse every Education System, advantages and disadvantages being respectful to one another.
    d)    They will give a presentation about their work.
    e)    Students, individually, can choose an Education System according to his or her aspirations that best suits his or her educational interests. They will have to justify their choice and there will be some discussion about it.

    Activity VIII – Citizen Participation.

    Belonging to a society means that you have to participate in it directly or indirectly. Teachers from every country will look for a non profit organization which tells them about its social activity, its aims, goals and problems, both legal and economic and social.

    a)    They will seek any kind of organization that best suits their characteristics and ideals.
    b)    In international groups they will choose the most relevant ones and will talk about how to become an active member.
    c)    They will say which organization they are most interested in, giving reasons for it.
    d)    If possible, we would visit a non profit organization or one of its members will be invited to explain its activities to us.