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Round Table “Making the Case of European Civic Education”, 4 December (9:00-12:00)

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EUCIS-LLL and the European Civic Forum organised a round table on “Making the case for European Civic Education” during the Lifelong Learning Week –  4 December (9’00-12’00).

We believe that the current economic downturn poses a serious challenge to fundamental rights and democratic citizenship through rising unemployment, shrinking public spending and raising xenophobia and populism. Popular support for the European project has dramatically decreased over the last years, whereas European issues are increasingly piercing the public sphere and discourses all over Europe. This paradox of political disenchantment requires more work than ever on democratic values and standards which underpin the European building process. Should this be priority of the EU? Are teachers, educators and civil society organisations equipped to “teach European citizenship” and build active, informed and responsible citizenry in the context of rapidly changing social, political and economic environments? What is the role of non-formal education providers and EU organisations? Should we have a common module on EU citizenship in our schools?

Venue: PHS B5001


9:00 Opening remarks by MEP Renate Weber (ALDE / RO)

9’15 How do we teach and learn to be an active citizen in Europe? State of play

Facilitated by Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, General Secretary of EUCIS-LLL

  • Daniela ULICNA, senior consultant, GHK, key findings from the study “Learning Europe at School”
  • Drs.Henk Bolk, EUROCLIO Member and History Teacher at Lorentz Casimir Lyceum, Eindhoven (The Netherlands), “Teaching active citizenship in practice”
  • Lucille Rieux, Secretary General AEGEE, “YOUrope needs You” project
  • Joana Dias, Citizenship Academy project, Portugal
  • Mirela Mazalu, European University College Association (EUCA), Summer Schools on European political identity

10’30 How do we build democracy in Europe through European civic education? Ways forward

Facilitated by Cristian Pîrvulescu, Vice president of the European Civic Forum

  • Georg Pirker, Secretary General of the Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe (DARE)
  • Barbara MALAK-MINKIEWICZ, International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
  • Mr Jean-Charles DE CORDES, Programme Officer, Directorate of External Relations, Liaison Office of the Council of Europe with the European Union

  • Edurne GRAU, Fundacion Cives (Spain)
  • Renato GIRELLI, European Commission, DG Education and Culture
  • Cécile LE CLERCQ (tbc), European Commission, DG Communication

11:45 Closing remarks

  • Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, General Secretary of EUCIS-LLL
  • Cristian Pîrvulescu, Vice president of the European Civic Forum


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