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The future of citizenship education - European perspectives

22/08/2016
by Christina NORWIG
Language: EN
Document available also in: DE HR PT MT CS RO ET SK HU LV

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Citizenship Education


Citizenship education is more important than ever – especially for adults. Common European strategies are necessary to empower citizens so that they can actively participate in a democratic society and face current challenges. These challenges are quite similar in many parts of Europe: Social inequalities lead to a loss of trust in established political systems and parties, people adhere to populist arguments, Islamism represents a threat to public security and favours anti-Islamic and xenophobic tendencies. By issuing the “Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education” in Paris in March 2015, the ministers for education of the EU member states have set the focus on citizenship education. Inclusive education, equal opportunities, non-discrimination and promoting civic competences have gained importance as new priorities in the strategic framework on EU cooperation in education and training (ET 2020). Now it is up to the educational practice to take action:

How can citizenship education promote civic, democratic and media competences and foster social cohesion in a diverse and tolerant Europe?

In a new series of blogs, EPALE will present future scenarios, concepts by educational experts as well as examples of good practice. Contribute a blog post or a comment from your regional or professional perspective on the future of citizenship education and discuss your ideas with the adult learning community! The EPALE teams in Germany, Austria and in the United Kingdom are looking forward to your contributions!

To get involved please contact your national coordinating body for EPALE by visiting the NSS page.

Alternatively you can register and upload a blog post onto EPALE.

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  • Mahira Spiteri's picture

    This is a great initiative. This topic is directly related to development education and CONCORD, the European NGO Confederation for relief and development, may have relevant content with regards to the aforementioned topic. 

    For more info: http://concordeurope.org/