Refugees in Europe – How to prevent unfair stereotyping by Citizenship Education?

The refugee crisis is the most challenging problem of today's world – and at this crucial point Europe seems to be incapable of acting, or at least unwilling to cope with the crisis in a half-decent way. So much for the opinion of Karl Kopp from PRO ASYL, a refugee relief organization based in Frankfurt, Germany.

Words have power!

"We need to work on new terms that are more precise", claims Asiem El Difraoui. As part of the Focus Group "Exchange between Europe and North Africa" he encourages self-reflection, also inside the NECE network.

Prevention vs empowerment? How Citizenship Educators can react to the radicalization of youth

This workshop dealt with the issue of "Prevention vs empowerment. How Citizenship Educators can react to the radicalization of youth". The theoretical background of prevention, radicalization and de-radicalization was also presented as existing strategies to fight against these tendencies.

Panel 2: Where now for Europe? Identity discourses and politics in times of crises.

The second panel focused on the topic “Identity discourses and politics in times of crises” with the following three speakers: Kenan Malik, Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster (UK), Loukas Tsoukalis, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (Greece), Ulrike Guérot, The European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance (Germany).

Challenging Historical Narratives

"History education can be a tool – but it can also be used as a weapon" - this farsighted quotation by Mire Mladenovski would serve as a valuable thesis on the development of othering processes in general. At the same time, it is a crucial finding that emphasizes the value of the work of EUROCLIO, hosts of today's Workshop session 1.3. "Challenging Historical Narratives".

Panel 1: Russia, Ukraine and 'the West': Rethinking our mental cartography?

Since the Russian-Ukrainian-conflict we have witnessed a half-forgotten antagonism in Europe: "The West" vs. Russia is becoming a more and more common perception in European societies. So in Panel 1 the necessity to rethink our mental cartography of the alleged irreconcilable Russia, Ukraine and "The West" was obvious.

Do you think conferences are only about theory? Better look at H2R!

Not in every case do conference have to be only theory-based and academic! Members of the NECE Focus Group “Hard-to-reach learners (H2R)” provide us with some insights into their very practice-focused workshop that took place in direct preparation to this years' NECE conference:

Panel 3: The ‘West’ and the 'Islamic World’

Panel 3 put the focus on four people and their individual take on the panel's topic from the perspective of their native country.

Exchange between Europe and North Africa


NECE Focus Group Meetings are a valuable part of the annual conferences. The Focus Group „Exchange between Europe and North Africa“ met at the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki to discuss in depth the topics of „othering“ and „radicalisation of youth“ as a preparation for this year’s NECE Conference.  

The blog team is happy to be able to publish some of their conclusions in the following article that was sent to us by the Focus Group members:

Let's move forward!

The NECE conference 2015 has begun! Its challenging slogan: “'Us' and ‘Them': Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World”. The opening session shows: The European crisis brings changes to society, politics, education. Citizenship Education has to adapt.