Education for Democratic Citizenship

image012The Conference of European Churches supports education that encourages open and democratic perspectives on European society. Education is a core means for promoting values of peace and reconciliation, intercultural dialogue, and democratic participation in European society.

In this area, CEC monitors and contributes to the work of the European Institutions. We are also in the process of co-organising a pilot project for teachers in church-related kindergartens in several European countries. The project will focus on developing intercultural and interreligious competences.

For more information on our work in this area, please email Rev. Richard Fischer.

Related posts

  • 12 Apr, 2016

    Democracy through education: European ministers back new tool

    On 12 April, CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen participated in the Standing Conference of the Council of Europe Ministers of Education, which brings together ministers of education from the 27 CoE member States. The meeting took place in Brussels.

  • 9 Dec, 2015

    Reflections on EDC: Case study from Denmark by Hanna Broadbridge

    In 2016 Danish schools teaching the age groups from 6 to 16 will have to find space and time on the already crammed timetables for an week’s teaching on democratic citizenship. This initiative has come about in the wake of the Paris bombings and a meeting in Brussels of Ministers of Education in November 2015.

  • 8 Jan, 2015

    Reflections on EDC: Estonia leads the way by Hanna Broadbridge

    An interchurch group from the diocese of Aarhus, Denmark visited Estonia in late September to meet congregations and the consistorium in Tallinn and to hear how church life was developing and also to sense the atmosphere in the country in the present ‘cool’ climate in that part of Europe.

  • 8 Nov, 2014

    New publication from the Council of Europe on EDC: Signposts

    The new Council of Europe document is worth reading. It offers a rich collection of issues, arguments and content about policy and practice for teaching about religions and non-religious world views in intercultural education. Its purpose is to help implement Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)12 on the dimension of religions and non-religious convictions within intercultural education issued by the Committee of Ministers in 2008.

  • 1 Jul, 2014

    Stell Dir ein Europa vor . . .

    Die Europawahlen sind vorbei. Aber die wichtige Aufgabe, die Demokratie lebendiger zu gestalten und immer mehr Menschen zur Teilnahme zu motivieren, bleibt bestehen. Wir bieten den Kirchen diese Serie von 8 Karten an, um sie für europäische Fragen zu sensiblisieren, vor allem die Frage der demokratischen Teilnahme am Leben der Gesellschaft.

  • 1 Jul, 2014

    Imagine une Europe, . . .

    Les élections européennes 2014 sont passées. Mais rendre la démocratie toujours plus vivante et participative demeure une tâche très importante. Cette série de 8 cartes est proposée aux Églises pour les sensibiliser aux questions européennes, surtout celle de la participation démocratique à la vie de la société.

  • 1 Jul, 2014

    Imagine a Europe…

    As a service to Member Churches wishing to promote an active, democratic and responsible participation in European Affairs, the CEC-CSC Working Group on Education produced a set of postcards portraying a vision of Europe as it could be and linking its preoccupations and concerns directly to the Christian ethos.

  • 20 Jan, 2014

    Reflections on EDC: Pity in a welfare state by Daniel Schmid Holz

    A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest and a Levite had also been journeying along the same road, but when they saw him they passed by on the other side. Then a Samaritan came along and when he saw the injured man he was moved with pity.

  • 8 Jan, 2014

    Reflections on EDC: Erasmus+ by Daniel Schmid Holz

    The new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport - Erasmus+ - started in January 2014 and will run until 2020. Erasmus plus follows on from “Erasmus for All” which ended in 2013. The ‘plus’ of Erasmus plus signifies the addition of sport and the inclusion of better possibilities for co-operation. The admission and administration procedures have been simplified. There is a budget of 14,7 billion euros, 40% more than in the previous programme.

  • 3 Sep, 2013

    Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg dialogues with religions and convictional organisations

    “Education should enable us to respect and live with difference, work towards common objectives, adapt to global change, confront religious violence, and respect dignity”: this was the strong message by participants to the panel on “education, awareness-raising on religion and beliefs, as well as dialogue and cooperation among and with religious and non-religious representatives”.