Workshops 8: Urban Games - a playful Access to Citizenship Education

follow up discussion after the urban game
historic duplication tool

Parallel to the indoor workshop session we had the opportunity to participate in an "Urban Game for Citizenship Education". The goal of this workshop was to show the usefulness of urban games as a method of teaching democratic values, and how such a method can support the access of educationally disadvantaged groups to citizenship education.

Divided into two groups - with and without a GPS tool - we took part in a game devoted to the so called “second circulation” of leaflets, books and periodicals, that were one of the fundament of polish anti-communism movement “Solidarność”. The texts were published and disseminated beyond the reach of communist censorship and state distribution enterprises. Only guided by some hints - and facing quite a few challenges - we had to find different flats in the Praga district, where we got each paper, the master copy for the leaflet, and finally could multiply it (learn more from the attached factsheet).

In the later discussions participants said this method would by a good means to help students not just to understand but to emphathize history by re-enacting a very concrete and exemplary action: to understand the mechanisms of repression as well as those of opposition, and the great risks normal people took by supporting the Solidarność movement. However, it was remarked that despite general usefulness of GPS for Urban Games, in this case it was more authentic without it.

The project was designed and realised by Olga Napiontek & Marcin Mitzner from Civis Polonus Foundation (Poland), Katarzyna Lorenc, an alumna of the fellowship programme "Shaping Europe - Civic Education in Action" (Poland) and Mateusz Fałkowski from the Max-Weber-Kolleg of Erfurt University (Germany).

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