Outdoor Workshop: Learning method - a playful Access to Citizenship Education

The goal of the workshop is to show urban games as a useful method of teaching democratic values.

The urban game as a method of education gives both the educators and the games participants great learning possibilities. Not only does it change reception of the city itself but also it teaches how to work in a group, how to think in a more open and creative way. Games could also be the way to teach different values (such as civil courage) or history knowledge and much more.

The participants of the workshop are going to take part in the urban game devoted to the so called “second circulation” of leaflets, books and periodicals, that were one of the fundamentals of the Polish anti-communism movement “Solidarność”.
Participants will be asked to publish a leaflet. Additionally, they will be asked to “organize” printing paper, ink, machines, and to cooperate with editors and distributors.  They will be asked to learn their fake identities and try to outsmart the system.
The players operate in a specified area (the Praga district). To show different approaches to urban games some groups will begiven maps, some GPS devices, some clues only.

Thanks to that our game will become a sort of experiment, the results of which will be discussed during the summary part of the workshop.

Your project team

Olga Napiontek & Marcin Mitzner, Civis Polonus Foundation (Poland), Katarzyna Lorenc, an alumna of the fellowship programme "Shaping Europe – Civic Education in Action" (Germany) & Mateusz Fałkowski, Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt University (Germany)