Education for Democracy and Diversity
CEC supports education that encourages democratic values and diversity in European society. Education is a core means for promoting values of peace and reconciliation, plurality, diversity, intercultural dialogue, and democratic participation.
In this area, CEC monitors and contributes to the work of the European Institutions, and holds a participatory status at the Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice of the Council of Europe.
Thematic Group on Education, Democracy and Diversity facilitates CEC’s work.
For more information about our work in this area, please contact Rev. Sören Lenz.
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7 Oct, 2011
The Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship – a role for the churches? took place from October 5-7 in Strasbourg. Organised by the Church and Society Commission (CSC) of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the conference brought together members of churches and church organisations, clergy, lay, NGOs and academics, to discuss and debate how the church can act as a responsible part of civil society.
7 Sep, 2011
CSC Report on the Future of European Higher Education describes what the European co-operation in higher education has achieved and not achieved thus far, where it is heading, how it is organised and how churches can join in. The paper also explains the main points of criticism and allows the officials a possibility to respond. The document looks at both the EU and the Bologna Process, now called the European Higher Education Area, which are two separate but intertwined processes. The report was commissioned by the Church of Sweden. (CSC merged with CEC in December 2014).
1 Jun, 2010
At its plenary in Haguenau/Strasbourg from 28 May to 1 June 2010, CSC (now merged with CEC) adopted an education strategy. Education was also accepted as one of the CSC priorities for the year 2011. The two main areas of work in the Strategy are monitoring of the implementation of the EU education strategy (“ET 2020”) on European and national level, and clarifying the contribution of CEC member churches in education for democratic citizenship.
7 Jul, 2009
Please click here for the Green Paper by the Commission of the European Communities on promoting the learning mobility of young people (8 July 2009). Please click here for the joint answer by CSC, EYCE, WSCF-E, and AGDF on the Green Paper consultation.
14 Dec, 2008
On 15 December 2008, CSC - together with the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the European Commission - organised a Dialogue Seminar in Brussels on “Quality Education in an Intercultural Environment”. The Intereuropean Commission on Church and School (ICCS), an associated organisation of CEC, and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) made a pivotal contribution to the contents of the seminar.