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    Democratic Competences: Definitions

    When I decided to embark on discovering my democratic competence (or the lack of it), I looked for help at the European Council. I figured that they should know, and they did, or at least they offered a Framework to help me start my journey:https://www.coe.int/en/web/education/competences-for-democratic-culture The EU Council’s competence model includes 20 competences, in four groups: Values, Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge & Critical Understanding. What exactly are “competences” then? According to this model, the term “competence” “refers to the psychological resources (such as attitudes, skills and knowledge) that need to be mobilised and deployed to meet the demands and challenges of democratic and intercultural situations“. An individual is deemed to be acting competently…

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