Conference Pre-Workshop: Democracy and participation in the face of global changes

The role of citizenship and human rights education

The NECE Workshop 2012 in Madrid focused on Europe and its problems with currently facing the worst crisis of confidence in its history. While democratic deficits are reflected in the voter turnouts of European and national elections, neighbouring countries – especially in the Arab world around the Mediterranean – at the same time are approaching democratic changes by developing new forms of participation.

In preparation of this year’s NECE Conference in Córdoba, the expert workshop in Madrid paved the way for discussions focusing on current concepts of democracy and participation in the face of worldwide processes of change as well as crises in politics, society and economy.

Experts and activists in the fields of citizenship and cultural education, youth and social workers, NGO representatives met in Madrid to focus on central questions e.g.
  • How to define these new movements, what is new? What aspects, tools, etc. can be adapted by citizenship education?
  • How to reinvent democracy and participation in Europe facing social crisis and processes of re-nationalisation?
  • How can we interpret the changes in North Africa regarding the self-reflection of citizenship education in Europe in general? What changes are necessary?
Conference contributions included theoretical and practical approaches from Europe, both in school and in out-of-school or informal learning environments. The conference format was both participatory and interactive.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Words of Welcome / Aims and Purpose of the Workshop
Petra Grüne & Christoph Müller-Hofstede, Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)

Session I Democracy and participation in times of change

PDF-Icon Input 1 - May Elmahdi, Mayadin al-Tahrir (Egypt/Germany) (246 KB)
PDF-Icon Input 2 - Fernando Vallespín, Instituto Universitario José Ortega y Gasset (Spain) (478 KB)

Friday, 29 June 2012

Session II The role of citizenship and human rights education

PDF-Icon Input 1 - Peter G. Kirchschläger, University of Teacher Education Lucerne (Switzerland) (1,01 MB)
PDF-Icon Input 2 - Anu Toots, Tallinn University (Estonia) (662 KB)

Session III Current status, perspectives and the demand for democratic participation

PDF-Icon Input 1 - Pablo Oñate, University of Valencia (Spain) (2,9 MB)
PDF-Icon Input 2 - Daniel Reichert, "Liquid Democracy e.V." (Germany) (1,48 MB)
PDF-Icon Input 3 - Nelly Corbel, John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, the American University of Cairo – AUC (Egypt) (16,1 MB)

Session IV Good practice and models of democratic participation

PDF-Icon Project 1 - Elena Bobrovskaya, Cooperation-programme Krasnoyarsk (Russia) (6,95 MB)
PDF-Icon Project 2 - Fouad Hamdan, (Tunisia) (203 KB)
PDF-Icon Project 3 - Tomaž Pušnik, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) (2,66 MB)

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Session V Elaboration of recommendations for the NECE Conference "Participation Now! Citizenship Education and Democracy in Times of Change" in Córdoba, 21-24 November 2012 (consolidation of the workshop themes, compilation of ideas for experts and projects)

Petra Grüne & Christoph Müller-Hofstede, Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)
Tatjana Meijvogel-Volk, ProDemos (the Netherlands)


28 June – 30 June 2012

Conference Venue

Instituto GOBERNA, Madrid (Spain)


Federal Agency for Civic Education/ bpb (Germany)
Fundación José Ortega y Gasset y Gregorio Marañón

In co-operation with

Pro Demos (The Netherlands)
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur

Supported by

Robert Bosch Stiftung
Casa Árabe


lab concepts GmbH (Germany)
on behalf of Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb
Elise Scheibler
Am Hofgarten 18
53113 Bonn
Phone +49 (0) 228 249811-4


Federal agency for Civic Education/bpb
Petra Grüne
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn
Phone +49 (0) 228 99515-289

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