EENCE - Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education


The network was established 2015 and aims the exchange of expertise from state and nongovernmental professionals of non-formal and civic education from the Eastern Partnership countries and networking with the EU countries, within the focus group and with the other NECE focus groups. The idea is to create a platform for the long-term exchange about aims, subjects, formats, current needs and projects as well as challenges ahead of civic education in the individual countries.

The first meeting has taken place in Berlin in November 2015. In the beginning of October 2016, the focus group members met again and discussed their next steps. Thanks to the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, it was possible to realize these and other projects of the focus group members in 2016 and to create a new network EENCE (Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education). After the Kick-Off-Meeting in June 2017 the focus group/ network members start co-operation projects. The Focus Group/ Network is financially supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

  • "Today, more and more people are changing their place of residence, and become citizens of other countries. Under these circumstances, new challenges are confronting civil education. The experience of civic education from different countries concentrated in our focus group helps me to understand better our goals and objectives, and develop new methods of civic education. Because today, the methods that we use need to be more universal, and take into account the difference in the culture of citizens whom we try to educate."

    Yaroslav Pylynskyi Center for civic Education, Director (NGO) and Senior scholar, Institute of the Education of Adults, National Pedagogical Academy of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • "1. Different countries, even within the country have different approach to solving and civic education, and the involvement of citizens in participation in education management. I really want to identify weak points and identify those positions that will be of interest to individuals who can take some decisions that positively impact on this field, and will help to change things for the better. In addition, it is obvious that the civic education - is a means of integration. That's why I get in this focus group.
    2. Germany has a successful experience of development and approval of the country and civic education, and civil society. It would be with other participants to get acquainted with the principles and standards of civic education, both in Germany and in Eastern Europe."

    Rauf Rajabov Editor-in-chief of 3rd View (Think Tank) and Founder of Public Union of Azerbaijan History Educators, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • "Being a part of the focus group I intend to widen my experience on civic education, civil society as well as learn a good practicies from other countries. The experience should be transfered to my local community, organization and target group since civic education and civic responsibility should be taught in elementary school and grow forever".

    Narine Teknejyan NGO "Youth is Power", Yerevan, Armenia
  • "I decided to become a part of the 'Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe' Focus Group as it provides a basic platform for cooperation and research on civic education in different countries, enabling the participants to gain a lot of experience and skills in regard to citizenship education, as well as share ideas and beliefs, analyze best practices and adopt useful policies for the development of common solutions and strategies in the corresponding societies.
    I expect to extend the scope of our professional activities and integrate the best practices from different countries so as to develop practical recommendations and apply them in the local context. Moreover, as the implementation of local projects is a powerful tool for the empowerment of youth and transformation of societies, I hope for further chances of cooperation aiming at joint projects and events."

    Anush Mkrtchyan Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation, Armenia
  • "For me it was a great opportunity to exchange the experience not only with colleagues who make the world better in they own scale, but also it was a great opportunity to show the understanding of the concept of citizenship education from the local point of view. And I strongly appreciate to BpB for choosing the right way to establish the mechanism of the support through understanding local reality."

    Vasily (Max) Bardadymov CEO Dilijan Community Center, Dilijan, Armenia
  • "The Citizenship Education (CE) in Eastern Europe focus group is an amazing opportunity and platform for me to get knowledge and experience of its participants' countries and raise awareness in my local community. Younger generation needs to be well-bred and educated on realizing the importance of knowing and protecting their rights. The international projects we carry out together and the example of German model we use is a huge step forward to establish stable and smart ground for the future of our countries".

    Tatevik Hakobyan Youth is Power NGO, Armenia
  • "I'm active in the field of non-formal education and youth work, for the last two years also involved in civic initiatives aimed to reform legislative basis for youth policy, youth work and civil education in Ukraine. Such meetings give new inspiration and ideas for future work. It's also a good chance to meet the people of same way of thinking, to share experiences and to stay in communication for the future, to contribute with personal experience and to get new energy for self-development. It's important to be connected within the network of the people of same values."

    Yaryna Borenko Center for social innovations, Lviv, Ukraine
  • "What makes our focus group special is f.e. that we communicate continuously in English and in Russian, which helps to reach citizenship educators from different working areas and with a wider range of experiences.
    At our first meeting the exchange between the participants was very inspiring for me: We are a colorful mix of non- and governmental organizations, that causes interesting discussions about the attitude of the citizenship educators: How far political neutrality under the current political conditions in many countries may go? What is the meaning of balanced and controversial transfer of knowledge, skills or competences, in times of crisis?"

    Svetlana Alenitskaya Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn, Germany
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Events and results of the focus group

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Focus Group Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe

Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe: Status and Future Trends

From Focus Group to the Network: Story of EENCE / Гражданское образование в Восточной Европе: актуальная ситуация и возможные прогнозы. От фокус-группы до сети: История EENCE

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Русская версия внизу

Mission Statement – Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education – EENCE-Network

Mission Statement EENCE (Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education)/ Программный документ сети EENCE: Восточно-европейская сеть по гражданскому образованию

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Focus Group Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe

Citizenship education in ENP-countries 2017: selected projects of the network members/ Гражданское образование 2017: избранные проекты участников сети

Thanks to the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, it was possible to realize these and other projects in 2017. Here you find all reports and documentations of the projects / Благодаря поддержке МИДа Германии возможна была реализация ряда проектов участниками сети. Документацию об этом Вы найдете здесь

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Workshop of the EENCE in September 2017 in Warsaw / Встреча сети в сентябре 2017-го года

From 28th to 30th of September 2017 the EENCE had a network meeting in Warsaw, Poland. The workshop’s key goals were enhancing networking and exchange between international professionals working in citizenship education in Eastern Europe / В сентябре 2017-го года участники сети встретились в Варшаве, чтобы обсудить ряд актуальных вопросов граджанского образования в Восточной Европе.

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Focus Group Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe

Workshop of the EENCE in June 2017: Kick-Off-Event in Bonn

In June 2017, the EENCE had a four-day meeting taking place in Bonn. The workshop’s participants were professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, involved in a diverse set of organizations from both the public and the non-governmental sector. The program consisted out of thematic inputs, project visits and participative sessions. Further, EENCE members contributed actively to the program by presenting best-practices and own methods.

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Focus Group Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe

Workshop of the focus group in October 2016: Principles and standards for Citizenship Education (CE)

In the beginning of October 2016, the focus group members met again. The purpose of the workshop was to develop principles for Citizenship Education for the projects of the members of the focus group from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, to get an overview about approaches and methods in CE, to try some methods out and to develop the EENCE (Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education). A set of ideas for further steps was collected, now they have to be coordinated and gradually to be filled with life.

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Focus Group Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe

Workshop of the focus group in November 2015: Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe

The first meeting has taken place in Berlin in November 2015. 26 people of the countries of the Eastern Partnership, Russia and Germany have participated. During this workshop the needs of civic education in these countries were identified and ideas were formulated for the urgent need of local, regional and also transnational projects.

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Citizenship education in ENP-countries 2016: selected projects of the focus group members

Thanks to the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, it was possible to realize these and other projects of the focus group members in 2016. The spectrum of the realized projects is wide: From Webacademies over publications about civic education to workshops about current political issues and initiation of strategy processes for the development of civic education in countries of the Eastern Partnership. Here you find all reports and documentations of the funded projects.

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Focus Group Citizenship Education in Eastern Europe

Here you can find information in Russian about the Focus Group- Здесь Вы найдете информацию на русском языке

Фокус-группа была основана в 2015 году. Ее целью является обмен опытом между представителями неправительственых и государственных организаций, работающих в сфере неформального, гражданского образования, из стран-участниц Восточного партнерства, а также развитие контактов со странами ЕС и с другими фокус-группами проекта NECE. Работа группы осуществляется при финансовой поддержке Министерства иностранных дел Германии.

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Federal Agency for Civic Education

Svetlana Alenitskaya

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53113 Bonn

Phone +49 (0)228 99 515-509


NECE Newsletter 02/2018

NECE Conference 2018: Brave new Worlds?! The Future of Democracy and Citizenship Education
6 - 9 September 2018, Marseille (France)
Conference documentation available here.

Lorenzo Marsili on the parliamentary elections in Italy
NECE asked Lorenzo Marsili in what way the results of the parliamentary elections in Italy fit in Europe’s current political landscape. Read the comment here.

bpb statement to the Public consultation on EU funds in the area of values and mobility
The consultation took place as part of the preparations for the Multiannual Financial Framework which will define and shape the EU Budget after 2020. Click here for the PDF-Icon statement and the PDF-Icon questionnaire.

DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe) Mini-conference on Populism and Democratic Resilience
14 June 2018 in Nafplio, Greece
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25th EUROCLIO Annual Conference and Professional Training and Development Course: Mediterranean Dialogue
April 21-26 2018 in Marseille
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Eurydice Brief: Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017
In an age where the importance of citizenship education is becoming apparent to deal with the current threats to fundamental European values, many countries are implementing changes in their national policies. Read more here

NAME CHANGE: “Hard to Reach” Focus Group now “All-in network” - Your chance to get involved!
Labelling learners as “Hard to Reach” immediately suggests that the problem lies with the learner rather than the educational system.
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MAPPING TRANSITION IN EASTERN EUROPE: Experience of Change after the End of Communism, edited by Louisa Slavkova
Click here for the publication

Civic Education in Eastern Europe - bpb publishes collection of essays as free e-book
The publication is available in English and Russian language.