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A EUROPEAN COMPETENCE FRAMEWORK FOR A LOW CARBON ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH EDUCATION

Project description

European Competence Framework to empower climate action

Educational institutions can play a significant role in the fight against climate change. The EU-funded ECF4CLIM project will develop, test and validate a European Competence Framework (ECF) for transformational change to empower the educational community to act. The project will apply an innovative hybrid approach based on participatory action research and citizen science to co-design an ECF that is adaptable to a range of settings and integrates digital and social competences related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ECF4CLIM explores individual, organisational and institutional factors. To encourage learning-by-doing, several innovative tools will be co-designed with and made available to citizens, including a digital platform for crowdsourcing, IoT solutions and a digital learning space.

Objective

Through a multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary and participatory process, ECF4CLIM develops, tests and validates a European Competence Framework (ECF) for transformational change, which will empower the educational community to take action against climate change and towards sustainable development.
Applying a novel hybrid participatory approach, rooted in participatory action research and citizen science, ECF4CLIM co-designs the ECF in selected schools and universities, by: 1) elaborating an initial ECF, supported by crowdsourcing of ideas and analysis of existing ECFs; 2) establishing the baseline of individual and collective competences, as well as environmental performance indicators; 3) implementing practical, replicable and context-adapted technical, behavioural, and organisational interventions that foster the acquisition of competences; 4) evaluating the ability of the interventions to strengthen sustainability competences and environmental performance; and 5) validating the ECF.
The proposed ECF is unique in that it encompasses the interacting STEM-related, digital and social competences, and systematically explores individual, organisational and institutional factors that enable or constrain the desired change. The novel hybrid participatory approach provides the broad educational community with: an ECF adaptable to a range of settings; new ways of collaboration between public, private and third-sector bodies; and innovative organisational models of engagement and action for sustainability (Sustainability Competence Teams and Committees).
To encourage learning-by-doing, several novel tools will be co-designed with and made available to citizens, including a digital platform for crowdsourcing, IoT solutions for real-time monitoring of selected parameters, and a digital learning space. Participation of various SMEs in the consortium maximises the broad adoption and applicability of the ECF for the required transformational change towards sustainability.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-GD-2020

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Sub call

H2020-LC-GD-2020-3

Coordinator

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES ENERGETICAS MEDIOAMBIENTALES Y TECNOLOGICAS
Net EU contribution
€ 690 420,00
Address
AVENIDA COMPLUTENSE 40
28040 MADRID
Spain

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 690 420,00

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