NECE is an initiative for networking citizenship education in Europe. A variety of activities have been developed within its framework to encourage the organisation of contacts, co-operation and synergies in the field of citizenship education. NECE is not an institutionalised network, but a forum that allows the spectrum of stakeholders involved in citizenship education to interact with one another. The initiative´s chief goal is to promote the Europeanisation of citizenship education, and to contribute to the creation of a European general public.
Through a number of activities, NECE aims to provide transparency about stakeholders and approaches in citizenship education, and to inspire transnational discussions on the topics and challenges facing the field. It brings together academics, practitioners, and policymakers at the European level, and stimulates knowledge transfer and information exchange on good practices – thereby raising awareness of the impact of citizenship education and fostering co-operation and projects. NECE is primarily directed at practitioners in citizenship and cultural education, along with scholars/experts and trainers. In pursuing its aims, the initiative also reaches out to stakeholders and multipliers from the media, politics and NGOs.
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In October 2015, the Law and Justice Party won the elections in Poland and gained the absolute majority in the parliament. NECE talked with Alicja Pacewicz, Vice President of The Center for Citizenship Education (CCE), about the rapid changes in her country following last year´s change of government.
What kind of impact do the changes have on education, especially on teaching
history? Which are possible effects of a more nationalist, patriotic version of
history on the European and transnational outlook in citizenship education? How
are NGOs affected by the political change? And, with regard to the new
situation, what can transnational citizenship education networks like NECE do?
In the interview, Alicja Pacewicz shares her personal opinion on these subjects
and discusses the consequences of the recent political changes in Poland. Weiter...
During a NECE workshop preparing the conference of 2013 in The Hague, some forty participants explored various scenarios about the future of citizenship in Europe. Their inputs were used to create four different future images of Europe in 2030: Great Europe, Network of Nations, Unity of Communities and European Spring. The developed clip functioned as a valuable access for discussions during the conference.
With a series of regular conferences and workshops, NECE supports exchange on good practices and scientific discourse in citizenship education, as well as its transfer into the arena of practical application. Annual conferences are dedicated to issues of current interest, such as citizenship education in immigration societies. Weiter...
Three times a year, the Newsletter introduces players, stakeholders, organisations and projects in citizenship education in Europe. It provides insights into current professional debates, reports on important events, and offers information on interesting activities and publications. Weiter...
The NECE Focus Groups are a new tool of the NECE networking process. We have taken up participants’ suggestions for an exchange forum between the yearly conferences and for more transparency about networking results of the conferences. These groups are open to everyone who is interested in a more intensive exchange and continuous work on specific topics and projects.