Methods to enhance general political awareness for an open society
A first important aspect of citizenship education is to create awareness of political structures, processes and contents and, especially, to help people recognise their own individual role in the political system and to reflect on their own political socialisation. This (self-)reflection can be understood as a basis of all citizenship education and democratic competences. It is not reduced to social work or to working with specific target groups, but is about a basis of political awareness that is important for all citizens in a democracy. That’s why we start with a few selected methods focussing on awareness raising and sensibilisation, which were partly tested in the context of the project.