Workshop 1: Creating a bottom-up Europe: Can citizenship education interact or co-operate with civil society movements?
The “Citizen's Pact” is a three-year long effort to bridge the infamous democratic deficit in Europe and provide bottom-up feedback to the 2014 European elections. Through more than 70 panels, 13 international forums and 2 hearings in the European Parliament, thousands of citizens, networks and organisations from throughout the continent have participated in the bottom-up drafting of a Manifesto presenting specific policy proposals for an alternative Europe.
by Lorenzo Marsili, European Alternatives (Italy)
European Citizens' Initiative (ECI)
The ECI is one of the major innovations of the Treaty of Lisbon, aimed at increasing direct democracy in the European Union. The new democracy instrument enables one million EU citizens, who are nationals of a significant number of Member States, to call directly on the European Commission to bring forward an initiative of interest to them in an area of EU competence. The ECI has been in place for 18 months now but has it already unfolded its potential to democratise the EU?
by Carsten Berg, The ECI Campaign (Germany)
Introduction & Moderation: Alicja Pacewicz, Center for Citizenship Education (Poland)
Rapporteur: Christine Rose, Freelancer (Germany)
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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.