Young people who understand the needs
of themselves and others are less prone
to demagogues, fake news and
anti-democratic thinking and action.
Pure historical knowledge is not enough for
young people to start a critical discussion
about human values and needs.
The project educates students aged 13-16
to acquire democratic skills.
Human Rights are never finally implemented.
Therefore Human Rights must be brought to
life a new every day by all of us.
We need to understand the values and
achievements of our democracy not only
with the head but also with the heart.
Civil society engagement and participation
arise from enthusiasm for shared values,
and the inner need to keep them alive.
It is important to create connections
among humans and resolve conflicts
by the quest of the 5 basic needs.
Humans are humans. Everywhere.

About the Project

The major challenges our society is facing can be overcome not only by making people aware of the context of the European Union and its social, cultural and historical heritage, but also by enabling them to develop a personal and emotional relationship with the people and the European values.

The freedom that democracy has brought us is also confronting us with new challenges. It seems that we European citizens first have to grow into the outer shape and learn new skills that are fundamental for democratic behaviour, such as taking responsibility for oneself and others, having empathic access to oneself and others, being able to think critically and actively participate in society.

In the European Heart project, materials are being developed for schools with which 13 – 16-year-old pupils can acquire and train democratic skills.

Using an emotional-empathic approach, which assumes that all persons have the same basic needs, pupils learn to develop an empathetic relationship to themselves and others, while acquiring a critical distance from emotionalising rhetoric. The values and achievements of our democracy are perceived in a new light and understood not only with the head but also with the heart. Civil society engagement and participation arise from enthusiasm for shared values, the importance of which becomes a personal concern.

Target Groups

The materials are developed for secondary schools:
  • Pupils
  • Teachers and Counsellors
  • Headmasters

As well as representatives of out-of-school youth facilities

Online Platform

Pupils train

  • Social and intercultural competences, engaging in dialogue with others at the level of basic needs
  • self-empathy and emotion regulation
  • to distinguish adaptive and maladaptive strategies
  • to develop adaptive and functional strategies
  • critical thinking and media competence
  • Civic engagement and participation

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