Workshop 5

Learning Environment – Non-formal Citizenship Education I

The provision of non-formal citizenship education for young people and adults is based on the principle of voluntary participation. Frequently, the corresponding offerings are attended by those who have a high level of formal education and an interest in political issues. Reaching educationally disadvantaged people is held to be difficult and is regarded as a major challenge. At the same time, the empowerment of educationally disadvantaged groups is of immense significance, in the interest of strengthening cohesion within society. Players in the non-formal education landscape must therefore take up the different dimensions of citizenship learning in everyday life and process them specifically for their target groups. Brief expert talks comprising practice-based presentations will examine what latitudes and access opportunities are opening up for reaching educationally disadvantaged target groups.


Project Presentations

"Civic Money – Participation in budgeting on the local level": Aim of the project is to support people traditionally passive and excluded from the civic activities in their villages in the process of the Solecki Fund implementation. The idea is learning by doing – getting civic capacities by discussing and making decisions how the public money for the community should be spend.
presented by Barbara Klimek, The Association of Leaders of Local Civic Groups (Poland)
"Aktion09 – Gib Deiner Meinung eine Stimme!" was a project on the occasion of the "Superwahljahr 2009" in Germany. The aim was to promote the political participation of youth and young adults between 15 and 25 with an educational or social disadvantaged background. 60 persons from this target group were qualified as multipliers. They were supported in planning and implementing their own political projects to reach out for other disadvantaged people in their community.
presented by Julia Pfinder, Project Manager "Aktion 09" on behalf of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)


: Gabriella Patriziano, Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo, VIS (Italy)




NECE Newsletter 03/2018

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