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Citizenship promotion opportunities: reflections on the Comenius project ‘Me and My Europe: Intercultural Challenges of Modern Pre-primary Education’

Author(s) Liduma, A.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2014  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education  
Age group -  
This paper reflects the promotion of citizenship by Comenius project. Citizenship promotion guidelines for preschool education by CiCe documents on preschool pedagogical process by Latvian Ministry of Education and Science have served as the theoretical basis for the research. The contents of the Comenius project “Me and My Europe: Intercultural Challenges of Modern Pre-Primary Education” (implementation period 2012-2014) maintain Citizenship promotion in nine states (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Island and Turkey). The global experience in citizenship attitudes preschool teachers gained by participation and observation in versatile team workshops in Latvia, Estonia, Island, Portugal, Turkey, Spain and Italy such as: I and my folksong, an integrated workshop ‘The Sea’, folk instruments and folk music, drama performances of fairy tales, floral motives, typical dishes, the most popular folk dance etc. are analysed. The changes in the attitudes of the project participants to themselves, the nature, work, their state and the experience gained in this Comenius project were established by help of discussions and questionnaire. Findings show that the project served as a means for participants to explore personal understandings of their own country, to learn about culture treasures in other countries, to promote transnational collaboration, and potentially to enrich experience for teachers, parents and children.

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