Background / Current status
The initial purpose of the focus group “Hard-to-reach learners” was to follow up on the results and initiatives on empowerment and educationally disadvantaged groups in European societies that were discussed at the NECE Conference 2011 in Warsaw. At the NECE Conference 2012 in Córdoba, we agreed to develop new ideas and a new framework for running the group.
In October 2013, a workshop of the focus group took place in Berlin. A workshop report summarises the discussions and contains a listing of ideas and activities for 2014-2015 (see documents below ).
In 2014-2015, different project teams are working on specific thematic issues of the focus group. Preliminary results were presented at the second focus group workshop in Leicester in July 2014.
The focus group presented its work and basic questions in a poster session at the project market of the NECE Conference 2014 in Vienna, taking place from 16-18 October 2014. A meeting of the project team coordinators took place in Athens from 18-20 February 2015.
From 20-22 October 2015, a public forum will be organised by the focus group prior to and in close connection with the NECE Conference 2015 in Thessaloniki. Under the current working title “Beyond Them and Us in Times of Crisis: Hard-to-reach Learners and their Role in Citizenship Education”, the forum will offer issue-driven workshops, as well as space for networking and cooperation between participants.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact the NECE Coordinator of the group:
Participants (Córdoba 2012)
Workshop Participants (Berlin 2013)
Participants (Den Haag 2013)
Workshop Participants (Leicester 2014)
Workshop Participants (Vienna 2014)
Workshop Participants (Thessaloniki 2015)
The first workshop of the focus group "Hard-to-reach learners & youth" took place from 25 - 26 October 2013 in Berlin. The Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb invited a small circle of European experts who exchanged views on experiences and new ideas on examples of good practice. Additionally, strategies for an efficient future networking and a concept to present the focus group and its first outcomes at the NECE Conference 2013 in The Hague (14-16 November) were developed.
»School Development Support Agency« hosted the second workshop of the focus group from 10-12 July 2014 in Leicester, UK. The workshop offered a platform to review the progress of the focus group and plan ahead, to discuss conceptual issues, and to refine the framework and goals. In order to create synergies between the project teams, the workshop offered a space for exchange and for participants to present their projects and research.NECE Conference 2014 in Vienna, participants discussed the current situation for ‘hard-to-reach learners and youth’ in their respective countries and in Europe in general, which proved a good starting point for critical dialogue on the meaning and scope of ‘hard-to-reach learners’ in times of crisis. The project teams presented their progress in areas like academic research in the field, practical tools, networking possibilities and removing barriers. The members of the focus group additionally discussed and planned the future timeline and presented the focus groups’ work to the interested public at the NECE Conference 2014.NECE Conference 2015.
Documents/ Papers/ Results
Working Paper (Meeting NECE Conference Cordoba 2012)
Workshop Programme (Berlin 2013)
Workshop Report (Berlin 2013)
Workshop Programme (Leicester 2014)
Workshop Programme (Vienna 2014)
Workshop Programme (Thessaloniki 2015)
Workshop Report (Thessaloniki 2015)
Draft versions / work in progress - please do not quote, please do not distribute
Asfour, Ahmadi, Mentoring for Civic Education
Campbell, The Fullhurst Story
Kerr, Participatory Citizenship at a Crossroads
Malik, PYCA - Harder to Reach Communities - Learners
Mueller-Hofstede, Alander, Country Report_Germany revised
Mueller-Hofstede, Alander, Germany's Education System and HTR
Rio, Country Report_Portugal
Southern, Young Advisors
Tarah, Community Based Educational Intervention
Tsekoura, An Outreach Approach for Empowerment and Active Citizenship
Federal Agency for Civic Education
Yes, I would like to subscribe the NECE Newsletter and stay informed about current NECE related issues and events.
Interview with Alicja Pacewicz
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.
NGO review on COE Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights - questionnaire
Deadline: June 15th
Announcement: NECE 2016, "Crossing Borders. Migration and Citizenship Education in Europe", 10-12 November, 2016, Zagreb, Croatia
This year's conference will focus on the issues "migration" and "exodus"/"refugees" in Europe. How can citizenship education in theory and practice adapt to these processes challenging the societies in Europe. You will find further information regarding programme and registration shortly via www.nece.eu
Civic Education in Eastern Europe - bpb publishes collection of essays as free e-book in English and Russian
The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) has published the book "Civic Education and Democratisation in Eastern Partnership Countries". The publication is available as a free e-book in English and Russian language.
International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) "Mobilities, Transitions, Transformations – Intercultural Education at the Crossroads"
In Budapest, 5-10 September 2016: »http://iaiebudapest2016.hu/«
Relaunch of eurotopics.net - Check out the new website here: »http://www.eurotopics.net/en/«
Find the documentation incl. interviews and articles on the NECE conference blog!
Please take a look at the new NECE Newsletter: »http://nece.lab-concepts.de/newsletter/NL_0116.html«
A new Council of Europe reference framework of competences for democratic culture!
This book presents a new conceptual model of the competences which citizens require to participate in democratic culture and live peacefully together with others in culturally diverse societies. The model is the product of intensive work over a two-year period, and has been strongly endorsed in an international consultation with leading educational experts.
Civic Education Conference 2016
In the framework of the second CIVIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE from May 13th to 15th , 2016, about 200 experts, academics and practitioners from 31 countries gathered in Tunisia to discuss the current state of civic education in the MENA region. In thematic workshops they developed 37 recommendations directed at strengthening civic education in the region.