About ACCES

Learn about the project, its goals and highlights.

  • The project
  • Goals
  • Highlights

The ACCES project is driven by a desire to bring young people closer to civic engagement through innovative and creative educational approaches in a school setting.

Environment, employment, solidarity, multiculturalism, democracy... 

Faced with these societal challenges that await the young people of Europe, education plays a key role in forming citizens and enabling them to respond actively - individually or collectively - to the challenges of today and tomorrow. 

When we talk about education, we mean, among other things, school education, which is taught in public or non-public schools, but also at home, and which responds to institutional programs defined by public policies that can be regional or national. If the "promotion of civic competences" is present in many school systems in Europe, there are strong disparities concerning citizenship education in the different European states. Whether they are due to the educational methodology, the legal framework, the political organization or the socio-cultural context of the country, there is a real opportunity to make these different approaches to civic education meet and dialogue.

The european ACCES project aims at creating a cooperation between European schools on this issue. From this cooperation, innovative educational resources are being created to discover and improve civic education practices in schools in order to encourage students' civic commitment. 

The European Acts and Cooperation for Civic Education in Schools (European ACCES) strategic partnership aims to lead the sharing, transfer and development of innovative practices in citizenship education in European school systems in order to :

Strengthen schools in the implementation of pedagogical methods of citizenship education.

  • To encourage the acquisition of civic and social skills by high school students in Europe: critical thinking, commitment, openness to European cultures, adaptability, language skills
  • To reinforce the participation and the civic expression of the students in the school environment.
  • Encourage students to have access to participatory spaces that promote the understanding of current issues at the local, national and European levels.

Increase the democratic participation and civic expression of 14-18 year olds in the school setting.

  • Develop an expertise concerning the needs and existing practices in Europe
  • Provide tools and training to educational teams to implement innovative educational projects for citizenship education in their schools. 
  • Strengthen cooperation between schools and youth actors in Europe in order to develop methods based on formal and non-formal learning. 
  • Encourage the opening of educational teams and students to their local communities

The European Acts and Cooperation for Civic Education in Schools (European ACCES) project takes place over a period of two and a half years. It is punctuated by different times that bring together students, teachers, coordinators of the project but also different actors of education (public institutions, school administration, youth professionals ...). 

In each school of the project, groups of about ten students are developed, which are the core of the project activities. These ACCES groups are committed to improving civic education through direct participation in the development of ACCES resources. They are brought to exchange during the transnational events but also on the digital platform during the whole project.

Over the whole project, we will organize six transnational meetings, one in each partner country. These meetings are an opportunity for the different actors of the project to meet and share their experiences and the progress of the project. It is also the possibility to share with youth actors, public and private, outside the project the progress of the project as well as the proposals and resources that result from it. 

In addition to the transnational meetings, the project partners will meet twice a year to develop and create project resources.  Thanks to the diversity of their experiences, all the intellectual productions thus produced are intended to be innovative and directed towards the improvement of civic education in secondary schools. 

  • Digital platform: 

In order to guarantee coherence and good communication between the parties involved, it is important to have a single digital platform that brings together all the different actors in a clear and understandable way. On this site, we find the different resources and meetings that mark the project but also a private and secure space that brings together the direct actors of the project (students, teachers, partners …). The evolution of the project can be followed on acceshub.net.