The Mercator European Knowledge Centre for Languages and Multilingualism, which is part of the Akademy, will receive the subsidy for its research
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Omrop Fryslân, the project that is to be funded is called ‘The Global Citizenship and Multilingual Competences Toolkit’, and is a collaborative effort between the Mercator Centre and universities in Austria, the UK, Italy; and a German/Austrian technology company. The collaboration will spend the next three years coming up with new teaching tools for those working in ‘world-citizen’ education.
‘World-citizen’ education is a type of course where students take on active work in a project centred around a globally-important issue. These can be anything from social and political problems, to economic conundrums, and naturally climate change. The project is spearheaded by UNESCO, which wants the method of teaching to be used in various countries around the world. It is held that there is currently too little training for teachers in this regard, and so the Consortium will also be looking into teacher training.
The project is only just getting up and running, but eventually all teachers and professors in Friesland will be able to access the materials for free. The Mercator Centre’s specific role is making sure that everything runs in close relation to the principles behind the project, and making sure that the final results are accessible.
For more information, check out the Fryske Akademy’s website.