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On this page we inform about current events and projects of the association Demokrative - Initiative for Civic Education. Please switch the language settings to display german-language entries as well.

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M3 Timisoara IMG 113925 webFor almost two years we could meet our partners in the DEMOGAMES project only online. On 9/10 October, we were able to meet in person in Romania thanks to the invitation of the Intercultural Institute Timisoara (IIT). This was very fruitful for the team spirit and the project! With representatives of all the game development teams and the staff of the IIT, we spent two days trying out and discussing each game prototype and planning its completion.

We are already looking forward to being guests in Timisoara again next spring, when we will organise a train-the-trainers week within the framework of DEMOGAMES. We will invite practitioners from Switzerland. Info to follow!

Demogames Rote Fabrik 13.16.51Meet the Demokrative at the Summercamp at Rote Fabrik: We invite you to play together for democracy on July 28th from 14:00 - 17:00.
 
Democracy is boring and dry? We don't think so (either)! And we have packed games about and for democracy into our DEMOGAMES box, which we want to try out with you and use for exchange: Share your stories and design a new future together with "DEMOdice". Find out together what really happened in "Observers" and face the challenges in society and world politics. Following the motto of the Summercamp, we want to promote participative, constructive and critical thinking through play and meet each other in a respectful way. The game materials are in English, but can easily be played in German - we invite everyone! Schedule: There will be two 1.5-hour sessions for sharing and (test)playing. You can participate in one or both sessions. We will try out at least two different DEMOGAMES games and look forward to seeing you!
 
Find the complete program of the Summercamp here (the website only works on Chrome or Firefox).

Bildschirmfoto 2021 04 13 um 10.10.10DEMOGAMES LOGO TRANSPARENTWe are happy to invite 5 young people (between the ages of 18 and 24) from Switzerland (residency in Switzerland) to take part in online activities on learning about, for, and through democracy with analog games.

The activity will take place place online at June 7th / 8th, and 11th, 2021.

The sessions are part of our international project “Democracy and Games: Analog and Digital Game-Based-Learning Tools for Youth Work” - DEMOGAMES (more information on the project [here]).

Please download the detailed [Call for Participants] to register.

NECE reportBack in December, we wrote here that the report of the NECE focus group on experiences in various European countries with the implementation of the Council of Europe's Reference Framework for Competences for a Democratic Culture has been published. In this report, Demokrative describes respective experiences in the Demogames and Building Blocks of Democracy projects and discusses opportunities and challenges in implementing the RFCDC in Switzerland.

Following the online publication, printed copies of the report "NECE Focus Group on 'Competences for Democratic Culture'. Recommendations and Documentation" are now available.

The NECE focus group report is free of charge. We are happy to send printed copies against payment of CHF 5 (for postage, packaging, if sent within Switzerland). If more than one copy is order or if the order is to be sent sent abroad, higher postage costs may be charged. Limited number of copies available. Please order at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wortwolke GV 2021 webAfter months of preparation, we can now officially announce: the Demokrative has a new board of directors and new co-directors. This and other things, such as the approval of the annual report for 2020, were decided by the members of the Demokrative on 3 March 2021 at the annual general assembly.

The new board consists of Marina Bolzli (previous member) and Emma Alber, Patrik Kessler, Daniela Koller, Michael Strebel (new). The board will be supported in the operative work of the association by a team led by the co-directors Rebecca Welge and Sabine Jenni.

In this way, we are transferring the well-established operational co-direction of projects and activities by the two initiators of the Demokrative to the new structure of the association. With the new and enlarged board, we are creating the foundations and capacities for our plans, projects and wishes for the future. If you are interested, we will gladly send you the annual report 2020 as a PDF (in German, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

A little insight and outlook at the same time: The word cloud shows what is important to the members who were present at this years general assembly about the work of the Demokrative (in German, again).

DEMOGAMES LOGO TRANSPARENT
Several analogue and digital democracy games are currently in development in the framework of our project DEMOGAMES. Did you ever wonder what could be an educational game? With the following overview, we are happy to provide you now an insight into ongoing game-development: please download the descriptions in [The Games in Development] as PDF. As game-development is ongoing, selection and description of the games is provisory.

Also, we are happy to announce that Migros Kulturprozent agreed to contribute financially to the dissemination of DEMOGAMES in Switzerland. Fundraising and planning of dissemination events is ongoing, we will inform you in due time here.

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