What do you want to achieve with this project?

In Austria the acceptance for European politics, as well as the turnout at European elections (2014: 45%) remain traditionally low. Especially socially marginalized youngsters participate less in the election process. Therefore the project “Feeling Europe” aims at:

1.) Conceptionalize a 4 hours-workshop for socially deprived youngsters in schools, social projects and youth centres that underlines the importance of the EP-Elections.

2.) Conduct 8 of these workshops with 160 youngsters between 15 and 20 years in three different regions in Austria (January-April 2019)

3.) Translate all workshop material in Plain Language, put it online on our website ( and create a short explanatory video in order to facilitate the use of the material for other trainers, youth workers or teachers (March-April 2019)

4.) Distribute the new material via partner organisations, social-media channels and direct contacts to people working in the youth education field (March-May 2019)

Do you need help to put your idea into practice?

Sapere Aude designs and implements innovative workshop formats that suit any given target group from pupils to teachers, from young to old, no matter their background, as long as they foster demoratic values and active civic education.

We are happy to exchange our know-how in differnt european projects with other organisations, who also work or want to work in the same field.

What are the details of the project?

Sapere Aude is a non-governmental non-profit organisation for the promotion of civic education, based in Austria.

We work with a variety of adolescent and adult target groups and partners, such as youth associations, ministries and educational institutions.

We are inspired by two main considerations:

  • Our entire life consists of politics.
  • Democracy means to enable each and every one to co-create the political framework of our lives.

Thus, we understand civic education as a process during which the circumstances of one’s own life can be reflected upon, own interests can be developed and expressed and the skills necessary for their implementation and realisation can be acquired. The individual right to participation and universal human rights are the basis of these principles. Consequently, the goal is to learn democracy.

As this interpretation of civic education is rarely offered within the regular educational system, we want to correct this oversight.

This is also true for the field of european politics. Therefore we startet our “Feeling Europe” activities.

Topics the proposal focuses on
  • Citizen Participation
  • Civil Society Forum
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Education
  • European Parliament
  • human rights
  • training