Teaching Europe holds paramount significance in today’s interconnected world. With its rich history, diverse cultures, and influential global role, Europe is a treasure trove of knowledge waiting to be explored. It is crucial to understand the importance of teaching Europe, not only to Europeans but to people worldwide. Recently, we conducted a training course on “TEACHING EUROPE: The EU, Its Functions, and New Priorities Towards 2030,” aimed at fostering global citizens who appreciate the complexities of our world and contribute to a more inclusive and harmonious global society.
Our participants hailed from different European countries, including Spain, Sweden, France, and Ireland. We initiated our sessions by introducing a comprehensive framework of the European Union, providing participants with an understanding of the world’s current political, economic, and social dynamics. This sparked engaging debates on topics such as migration, ongoing conflicts that impact our lives daily, and the importance of sensitizing people to the lessons from Europe’s past to help future generations avoid repeating mistakes and find inspiration for a better future.
Furthermore, we delved into Europe’s pivotal role in international politics. By educating our students about the EU and its member states, we prepare them to participate effectively in the global political arena. Understanding the complexities of the EU also fosters the development of the 4Cs of the 21st century: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity, as well as the eight key competences for lifelong learning adopted by the Council of the EU, which are defined as “essential for citizens for personal fulfillment, a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, employability, active citizenship, and social inclusion.”
During the course, participants had the unique opportunity to visit the Museum and National Archaeological SCOLcium Park in Squillace. There, they experienced firsthand the history and influences that shape cultures and had the chance to reflect on the profound statement,
“EVERYONE HAS A CULTURE, AND IT SHAPES HOW WE SEE THE WORLD, OURSELVES, AND OTHERS.”
This experience reinforced the interconnectedness of our topic with another vital subject: Cultural Heritage.
Europe is a continent teeming with diversity, boasting a mosaic of languages, religions, traditions, and cuisines, making it a microcosm of the global village. Teaching Europe and Cultural Heritage enables students to appreciate and respect cultural differences, fostering tolerance and empathy. Moreover, exposure to European languages opens doors to a broader range of opportunities in the global job market and promotes multilingualism, which is increasingly valuable in today’s interconnected world.
Teaching Europe and incorporating Cultural Heritage into our school programs significantly contributes to the development of global citizens—individuals who are aware of global issues, respect cultural diversity, and actively engage in addressing global challenges.
Our goal is to promote Europe’s social model as a source of inspiration for building more inclusive and equitable communities worldwide.
Author: Roberta Muratore – JUMP Trainer