citizenship education

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.

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).

It's US who are hard to reach!

As part of the NECE Focus-Group "Hard-to-reach learners", Michalis Kakos from Leeds Beckett University discussed in his workshop theoretical reflections of othering and the identity construction of young Europeans. Democracy needs inclusion and inclusion needs a Citizenship Education that reaches all citizens, he claims in our interview.


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:

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.

Othering: Defining 'Us' vs. 'Them'

Pegida Frankfurt

In a sense, othering is not a new phenomenon. People have at all times defined themselves in contrast to other cultures, values, customs and, well, people. However, in recent years the process of othering has become an increasingly predominant phenomenon throughout Europe - occuring inside, as well as between European societies. Immigrants vs. natives, East vs. West, Christian vs. Muslim, left- vs. right-wing: The conflict lines are manifold and are becoming more extreme. Othering, it seems, is gradually eroding the possibilities for finding common ground. On the contrary, it serves as a mobilizing, meaningful force to identify a common cause, a common foe.

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