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Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education

Thoughts about what belongs to the Eco-System of Citizenship Education.
Ecosystems of non-formal citizenship education give details about CSOs, working in the field of citizenship education, about the general environment, in which they are working, as well as how they are perceived in the society.

Citizenship Education in Austria

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Austria

The landscape of non-formal education is very diverse. It comprises areas like the extra-curricular education of young people in youth centres, traditional institutions of adult education (e.g. community colleges) and the umbrella organisation for Citizenship Education mentioned above as well as party academies and various CSOs. Providers of Citizenship Education are also

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Civic education in Bulgaria

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Bulgaria

In Bulgaria target groups of citizenship education are primarily young people, which might find its explanation in the understanding embedded in countries in transition, or such that were recently in transition. According to it, it is strongly believed that young people are more adoptive and receptive to change. The non-formal citizenship education activities focusing on youth usually evolve around

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Citizenship education in the Czech Republic

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Czech Republic

In the Czech education system, citizenship education takes place in two distinct groups: (a) children and youth (initial learning) and (b) adults

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Civic Education in Denmark

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Denmark

While the notion ‘citizenship education’ is finding its way into formal education slowly and sporadically, the situation is somewhat different within non - formal educational sector. Especially within the Grundvigian inspired “folk high schools”, citizenship education has been a key concept since around year 2000. Folk high schools offer a wide variety of short and long term educational

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Civic Education in Egypt

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Egypt

According to the “Citizens in the Making” report conducted by Gerhart Center 2012, only 14% of the civic education programs carried out by the NGOs do not target youth, while the rest focuses on youth solely. This focus can be explained by the focus of MoY on CE for youth as well as the rising wave of youth activism from 2011.

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Civic Education in Germany

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Germany

The system of non-formal citizenship education in Germany is characterised by a diversity of 16 federal states, known as Länder, each defining their own priorities and goals regarding education, which therefore allows for a decentralised system for non-formal education. There are, however

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Country Profile Morocco

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Morocco

Most discussion on citizenship education concentrates on curriculum, formal education policies, attitudes and teaching methods, but further dimension exist, which goes beyond these considerations. It’s relevant the important role of civil society that creates a positive balance between civic rights and responsibilities. In fact, civil society organizations in Morocco play an important stabilizing role in

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Country Profile Netherlands

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Netherlands

The Netherlands has a long tradition of non-governmental and other organisations which inform and educate both youth and adults about citizenship related issues. One of the largest organisations of this kind is the partially state-funded ProDemos (‘House for Democracy and the Rule of Law’). Its main aim is to

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Country Profile Poland

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship: Poland

Non-formal CE addressed towards citizens of all ages and in different context does not have a strong position in Poland and there is no uniform policy in this area. It is sometimes conducted by public authorities, including the Polish Parliament, the Chancellery of the President, The Ombudsman, The European Commission Representation and the Ministries (e.g. of Culture and National Heritage).

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Country Profile Slovenia

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Slovenia

Non-formal citizenship education in Slovenia is developed and conducted in various forms and through heterogeneous practices within the civil society. The latter experienced extensive growth after the independence when, especially after the second half of the 1990s, the number of non-governmental organisations has significantly increased.

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Country Profile Spain

Ecosystem of the non-formal citizenship education: Spain

The story of citizenship education in Spain has proven to be quite complex and complicated. On the one hand there is the issue of the country’s educational system with a decentralized structure that allows for both the Ministry of Education and the country’s 17 autonomous communities to regulate the adaption of the curriculum in their territories. On the other hand, there is the political struggle between

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Country Profile Tunisia

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: Tunisia

While decree 2437 stands as the legal framework for schools to interact with their environment, this interaction before the revolution, especially in the area of citizenship education, remains, nonetheless, restricted to some areas, which represents an extension to the former regime that used to exploit the subject for propaganda purposes.

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Country Profile UK

Ecosystem of non-formal citizenship education: UK

There is not a great emphasis on non-formal citizenship education. The closest is, between 2002 and 2015, the host of additional initiatives and policies introduced to encourage student participation and ‘pupil voice’ in decision-making in schools and in local government. For example, schools were strongly encouraged to establish

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تكوين المواطنة في أوروبا وشمال إفريقيا

تكوين المواطنة في أوروبا وشمال إفريقيا

Here you can find the Arabic version of this Publication.

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European societies, albeit at different paces, have undergone profound changes in the fabric of their populations due to EU enlargement, European Citizenship, globalization and migration processes. Traditional concepts of citizenship and citizenship education in Europe have to be revised in the light of these developments.

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