Fachgespräch / Expert Debate

Pespectives for non-formal Citizenship Education in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe

Prague, April 2009

In cooperation with the ?Networking European Citizenship Education? platform (NECE).

With many former socialist societies moving closer to Europe and several of them being members of the European Union since 2004 / 2007, prospects and challenges for Citizenship education in the region have substantially grown. Both the number of objects and the number of subjects of Citizenship education have increased during the last two decades.

On the one hand, concepts and practices are characterized by growing common concerns. Citizenship education to a certain extend has been Europeanized. The role of the EU as focus point for most development became remarkable in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

Citizenship education, on the other hand, has become more diverse. Although less known and reflected, individual development came up in many places in the region. This applies especially for the considerable high potential for non-formal (citizenship) education. In addition to the usual higher impact of curricula for school and professional education, the field has been enriched by a variety of non-formal concepts and actions. This smooth shift is at least partially related to low credibility in state structures and the growing relevance of non governmental actors in (trans-) forming civil societies in general and the education system in particular.

This MitOst Expert debate highlighted recent developments in non-formal Citizenship education in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Specialists from the region together with their colleagues from other European countries analyzed actual trends and reflect the perspectives for Citizenship education in addition to the formal education system.

Co-financed by the European Union within the programme "Europe for Citizens" 2007 ? 2013.