5.7 “Learning to participate” through formal, non-formal and informal learning
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No policy framework exists in Iceland regarding social and civic competence of young people, beyond what is stipulated in the compulsory and secondary school curriculum.
According to the Icelandic National Curriculum Guide for both compulsory schools and upper secondary schools, citizenship education is integrated into school subjects and are used to influence the choice of educational material and attitudes that are to be emphasised. The general aim of these aspects is to prepare children and young people to active participation in society, acquiring a vision of the future and ideals to advocate.
No information was found which suggests that citizenship education as a subject is a direct or indirect part of non-formal and informal learning.
No quality guidelines exist for non-formal learning in terms of citizenship education.
The Icelandic National Curriculum Guide for both compulsory schools and upper secondary schools is always at the teacher’s disposal in terms of invoking social and civic competences. These matters are, as has been mentioned, broadly construed in the curriculum, so the teachers themselves are quite independent as to how they integrate these measures into their subjects.