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Open Call for Partnerships: Organisations in Germany Working on Critical Literacy for Youth



Tactical Tech is an international NGO that engages with citizens and civil-society organisations to explore and mitigate the impacts of technology on society. Our initiative for youth aims to put young people in the driving seat of their digital futures through education, co-creation and capacity building. 

We are looking to partner with a formal or non-formal learning institution and organisation based in Germany on a three-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe project. The project, called Critical ChangeLab, comprises a consortium of 10 established organisations in Europe who are developing a new, participatory pedagogical method for assessing the state of democracy among youth. 

We are seeking for a Germany-based school, library, cultural centre or civil society organisation who work with youth to test and implement the Critical ChangeLab model  in their contexts.


What is the Critical ChangeLab?

The Critical ChangeLab is a new pedagogical workshop model designed to empower young people to envision alternative futures for European democracy. The Critical ChangeLab model uses participatory, creative and critical approaches to encourage youth to think about their relationship to everyday democracy – including their relationships with individuals, society, and technology – in order to act on them. The partner organisation will receive training in how to carry out a Critical ChangeLab and will become part of a Europe-wide community of practice.


What does partnership look like?

We would like to partner with organisations that work with youth ages 11-18 across Europe who can:

  1. Recruit participants for, host and co-facilitate Critical ChangeLabs with local participants until 31st May 2024.

  2. Take part in one online training session organised and led by Tactical Tech.

  3. Facilitate a Critical ChangeLab: three non-consecutive sessions of 90 minutes each, taking place with at least 1 day in between each session. Each session should have the same group of at least 10 youth participants and 2 facilitators. Sessions can be held online, in person, or a combination of both.

  4. Have the option to host two additional Critical ChangeLabs in 2024 (with additional budget provided).


Who can apply?

Applicants should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be based in Germany.

  • Be an organisation who works with youth or with access to a target audience of youth ages 11 to 18.

  • Be equipped to host at least three in-person or online workshops with youth, including at least 10 youth participants and at least 2 facilitators until 31st of May 2024.

  • Commit to follow the project’s ethical requirements. This includes informing participants about Critical ChangeLab research, research participants’ rights and obtaining consent to collect data from the educators and the youth taking part in the Critical ChangeLab beforehand. In case of youth aged 11-14 years old, consent from guardians should also be sought. Depending on national regulations, consent from guardians of youth aged 15-17 years might be also sought.

  • Document the Critical ChangeLab sessions according to guidelines provided.

  • Follow the project’s communication channels and contribute to disseminating the project’s activities.

  • Have the capacity to carry out the activities as noted in this call.

  • Have at least one point of contact proficient in English. The sessions  are expected to be held in German, however, Tactical Tech’s main working language is English and materials will be provided in English.


What we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to take part in a European-wide community of practice focused on critical literacy for youth.

  • The opportunity to test and contribute to a new pedagogical model for empowering youth to envision and shape their democracy.

  • An honorarium of 1,000 Euro.

  • The opportunity to take part in two further Critical ChangeLab partnerships in 2024 and 2025 (with additional honoraria provided for each).

  • Promotion within Tactical Tech’s networks (approx. 6,000 monthly newsletter subscribers, 49,000 Twitter followers, and more across social media).

  • Access to Tactical Tech’s extensive virtual library of resources and materials that you can use for your own projects, including those which have not yet been released publicly.

  • Access to the Critical ChangeLab’s project updates and outcomes.


How to apply:

If you are interested in applying, please click on the link below. We’ll contact successful applicants to take the conversation further after the call closes.

  • Application deadline: 30 April 2024. Keep in mind that we will be assessing applications on a rolling basis.


Tactical Tech will review all of the applications and select candidates for interviews. We will be assessing applications on a rolling basis and will close the call as soon as we find a suitable candidate. Due to limited capacity, we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants.


There are 16 questions in this survey.
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Name of applicant

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Your email address (please double-check for mistakes)

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Are you applying on behalf of a formal or non-formal learning institution?

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Name of organization

Organization website URL
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City where your organisation is located

  • At this time, we are only considering applicants who are working in Germany.
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What is the mission of your organization?

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Year your organization was founded

Is your organization or initiative registered? If so, where?

Briefly explain the governance of your organization and your funding

  • We want to make sure that the processes, standards, rules, and practices of our partners are aligned with our ethos at Tactical Tech. Here, we are curious to learn briefly about your operations and administration, ethics, risk management, compliance, and sources of other funding.
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About Your Work
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What country or which countries do you work in?

  • Applicants must work in an EU country except Austria, Croatia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, or The Netherlands (these countries are already represented by the consortium partners).
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Please share with us examples of relevant work in media and digital literacy, if applicable.

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Please share one example of a recent workshop or similar event that your organisation has hosted with youth in the age group 11-18.

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Closing Questions
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Have you partnered with Tactical Tech or attended any of our events in the past? If so, please tell us about it.

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How did you hear about this partnership call?

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Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

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