Stakeholders’ Debate on Intercultural and Citizenship Education

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On 12 October 2016, European Educational Exchanges – Youth For Understanding (EEE-YFU) together with its partners held the debate on Intercultural and Citizenship Education in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Week. After hearing the perspectives from the European Commission, educators and practitioners, the stakeholders agreed that the joint actions are required to enhance the role of non-formal education with regards to the intercultural and citizenship education.

Next Eurydice report will focus on effective delivery of citizenship education

Sogol Noorani from the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) presented an overview of the implementation of national educational policies since adopting the Paris Declaration of 17 March 2015. The next Eurydice report will be published in autumn 2017 and will examine the aspects of education that contribute to the effective delivery of citizenship education.

Nektaria Palaiologou, board member of the International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) outlined the main aspects of NESET II Report and stressed the importance of recognising non-formal education within and outside schools.

Recognising non-formal education is vital

The DARE Network was represented by Nils-Eyk Zimmerman (MitOst) and Evgenia Khoroltseva (Human Rights Academy). Nils-Eyk Zimmerman underlined the significance of non-formal institutions, such as sport clubs, private foundations as well as churches in the process of citizenship education. Evgenia Khoroltseva shared her experience from Norway, where special emphasis is given to teachers’ education.

intercultural-and-citizenship-education-paris-declarationBrian Jurczik-Arnold (EEE-YFU) presented the Coloured Glasses programme. The programme entails intercultural and global citizenship education workshops aimed at introducing young people to the concepts of intercultural learning and raising awareness on problems in society caused by intolerance. The debate was moderated by Elisa Briga (EFIL) who highlighted the activities of EFIL and future actions in the field of intercultural and citizenship education.

European Educational Exchanges – Youth For Understanding (EEE-YFU) together with the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe (DARE) organised a debate on Intercultural and Citizenship Education in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Week. Further support came from the Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP), the European Youth Forum (YFJ) as well as the Youth Intergroup.