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 about our work in this area, please contact Rev. Sören Lenz.
7 Jan, 2014
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.
2 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”.
7 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
7 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.
7 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.
21 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.
19 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.
16 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.
7 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).
31 Jan, 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.