Education for Democratic Citizenship
The 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.
3 Sep, 2013
“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”.
8 Jun, 2013
Education for Democratic Citizenship in the Context of Europe: Material and Resources for Churches and Educators, edited by Peter Schreiner (Comenius-Institut). A publication of the Church & Society Commission of CEC, the Intereuropean Commission on Church and School and the International Association for Christian Education in cooperation with the Comenius-Institut
8 May, 2013
The European Community needs better press and media coverage. People need to know more about each other, not just about politics and economics, but more about values and lives as they are lived out by ordinary people in ordinary homes and jobs all over Europe.
8 May, 2013
The recent reshuffle in the Danish government has highlighted the views of the new Foreign Minister, Martin Lidegaard, who now wants Denmark to be more involved with and more concerned about issues from Brussels.
22 Apr, 2013
The European Year of Citizens 2013 has been the main theme of the annual plenary meeting of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CSC) that took place in Brussels from 18-20 April.
20 Apr, 2013
The European Year of Citizens 2013 has been the main theme of the annual plenary meeting of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches that took place in Brussels from 18-20 April.
17 Apr, 2013
Last Wednesday, 17th of April, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed to a recommendation (7123/13) establishing "youth guarantee" schemes. The recommendation will be formally adopted by the Council at a later stage. Although not a legally binding act, the recommendation reflects a strong political commitment by the member states.
8 Mar, 2013
“I see citizenship as a counterweight to what led to the present crisis, i.e. profit-led values in particular” declared Ms Snezana Markovic during a recent meeting with Rüdiger Noll (CSC Director), Elizabeta Kitanovic and Richard Fischer (Executive Secretaries).
1 Feb, 2013
In November 2012 the European Commission presented a new document entitled “Rethinking Education strategy”. Why? Two reasons were mentioned: high youth unemployability and cuts in the education budgets of member states.
15 Jan, 2013
One of the qualities that seem to surprise educationalists most when visiting Danish schools is the ease with which pupils and teachers get on with one another. There is an open and direct communication, no ‘Miss’ or ‘Sir’. Usually first names are used in both directions. Each side is taken seriously by the other. This does not mean that there is no respect for the teacher, but s/he must show that respect is reciprocal. This aspect often seems to cause problems for immigrants. How can you respect a teacher when using a first name??? They may also find the gender of the teacher difficult to respect.