We all live in a society – in a smaller, like a family or friends; a bigger, like our class or our community; an even bigger like national, European or even global community. The community protects us, we as community members have rights but we also must fulfil our obligations towards the community. Those „rights and obligations” depend on the regulations of the community, society. (Sometimes we speak about the „rights and responsibilities” too, meaning practically the same. Still, obligations are enforceable and their not fulfilment is punished by law while responsibilities dictated by morale and ethics in the given society and are directly not punishable by law.)
Due to the unprecedented development of technics and technology (mostly of microelectronics) society has undergone tremendous changes over the last fifteen years or so. We say we live in the Digital Era now: we use such tools as the Internet, mobile phones, Facebook, electronic communication, and so on. The upcoming generation spends long hours daily on the net; have several virtual friends they have never seen and never met – they partly live in an alternative, virtual society. Rights and responsibilities follow those changes and we must rethink what and how they are now. That is the underlying principle of our project – in a wider sense, we deal with different components and aspects of societal (civic) competence which is necessary in the Digital Era.
Project partners elaborate two Textbooks: one for the upper classes of the elementary schools (12-14 year-olds) and one for the secondary-school students (15-18 years of age). Each Textbook consists of eight topics divided into three modules – basically, one module is meant for one 45-minute lesson to teach. Topics were finalised after the international survey amongst the pupils, students and their teachers. They had a decisive say about the topic composition. Further, since the elaborated materials are, in a sense, new to the teachers too, we elaborate to „Teachers’ Support Materials” (TSM) to give a more detailed background about each module. All materials are elaborated in written and also in electronic version, but we also developed smartphone version too.
Project materials are elaborated by the international team working alone and also together, in transnational meetings. The information about the partners you can find in the „partners” section while all important documents are also uploaded to the website. The working language of the project is English.