The IEB researcher and UB professor Daniel Montolio leads one of the projects selected to receive funding from the Horizon Europe programme. The project, entitled DEMOCRAT: “Education for a Democratic and Responsible Citizenship” also involves three other IEB researchers: Guillem Riambau, Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela and Judit Vall-Castelló.
The research project starts from the premise that the European Union is currently facing four major social challenges: the “crisis of the Anthropocene”, digitization, the pandemic, and the war in Ukraine and its consequences. Education, and especially Education for Democracy (EfD), must contribute to the defence and improvement of democratic ideals. To this end, the DEMOCRAT project aims to compare and contrast the application of EfD in several EU Member States, and also to develop an innovative curricular framework that links responsible democratic citizenship with digitization and sustainability.
DEMOCRAT aims to develop and analyse teaching practices and materials and to assess their effectiveness in furthering democratic skills and European identity. An objective of the project is to obtain information on the factors that influence the impact of EfD on public participation through the analysis of European data, paying special attention to the relationship between socioeconomic and educational inequalities and political and social participation.
Horizon Europe is a key EU funding programme for research and innovation. It focuses on climate change, helps achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and boosts EU competitiveness and growth. The programme supports collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in the development, support and implementation of EU policies while also addressing global challenges.