CLEAR Focus Group

Several participants pointed out a few weakpoints they had identified in the transnational dialogue despite the fact that the first conference was a great success. An evaluation conducted by the Federal Agency showed that one reason why the exchange was unsuccessful is that although the participants were using the same terms in their discussions, they had a different understanding of these terms.The initial solution approach was to create a glossary of terms.

However, it soon became evident on the one hand that there were limitations to this approach since finding a standardised definition of terms, in itself a very difficult task, would by no means guarantee that all parties would actually use these definitions. On the contrary, discussing different concepts was identified as one of the productive aspects of this type of conference. If one were to concur with the philosopher Francois Jullien, it is precisely this gap that creates a space in which something productive can potentially develop[i]. The CLEAR (Concept Learning for Empowerment through Analysis and Reflection) Focus Group was set up in the spirit of this theory and is therefore linked to the launch of the NECE network.

A lot has certainly been accomplished since the first NECE conference was held in 2004. 

Next stop: ZAGREB!

Zagreb_2 by Mario Fajt

Dear NECE enthusiasts,

Exchanging information, networking and learning from one another are of paramount importance for the creation of a European public and for the Europeanisation of citizenship education. In order to facilitate the latter more effectively, our team concentrates not only on focal points of the content, on stimulating the debate and promoting the exchange of experience in its preparations for the NECE conferences but chooses an exciting new venue each year that highlights the respective theme of the conference. This enables participants to carefully examine the latest citizenship education trends and specific concepts of the host countries from a number of different perspectives, to compare them with one another and indeed to learn from them. Whereas the 2015 NECE conference was held in Thessaloniki, Greece, this year's conference will be held in the multicultural metropolis of ZAGREB in Croatia! You are probably wondering why Croatia is an interesting country for NECE and for citizenship education?

(Motion) pictures speak louder than words: Check out NECE on Youtube!

Documenting the past NECE conferences, the blog team created several videos related to the respective conference topics and speakers.

NECE News: New NECE speakers

We are keen to keep you posted on the latest confirmations of exciting speakers to the upcoming NECE conference!
For most up-to-date information, make sure to follow our Twitter-page.
Anytime, you can find a compiled list of confirmed NECE speakers and workshops hosts here, where we will shortly be providing additional CV information.
We have compiled the most important confirmations for you in an overview: 

NECE News: Parliamentary Elections in Croatia

Nearly one month ago, on 11 September, parliamentary elections were held in Croatia, the host country of the this year‘s NECE conference. It’s the second election within the last two years. In 2015, the government was formed by independent candidate Tihomir Orešković. He was supported by the Patriotic Coalition, consisting of the Croatian Democratic Union (H.D.Z.) and Bridge of Independent Lists (MOST). However, on 20 June the members of parliament voted for the dissolution of the parliament, calling a new election.

Almut Möller (European Council of Foreign Relations): Brexit and what it means for Europe

To many continental Europeans it came as a complete surprise when the grand old United Kingdom suddenly became a real-life satire in the aftermath of the EU membership referendum.
But Brexit raises some fundamental questions for the EU as a whole, and the remaining member states have to work 
harder to keep the promise of prosperity,   security, and cohesion of the EU-27.

Statements from the UK: Brexit & Citizenship Education

We asked experts from the UK, about there Opinion on Brexit and Citizenship Education:

Bryony Hoskins, University of Roehampton, UK:

„One of the key aspects that the UK Brexit vote highlighted was the feeling particularly within the less wealthy groups in society that they were suffering unfairly due to austerity measures and had limited say in their lives. The Leave campaign backed by the media identified migrants as the underlying cause for their lack of access to services, changes to their local communities and their limited individual life chances. A vote to leave was said to be a vote to ‘take back control’ from the elite and to stop migration both from within and outside the EU.

Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI): The Road to Citizenship Education in Egypt

In 2015 The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) conducted a qualitative study regarding Citizen-ship Education in Egypt, especially the efforts done within the non-formal sector. The final version of this study "The Road to Citizenship Education in Egypt" was published in 2016. It was realized in part-nership with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Egyptian Youth Federation (EYF).

For more Information:

Let’s get started – Welcome NECE 2016!

Dear readers,

welcome to our NECE 2016 blog!

We are here to help you familiarise yourselves with the upcoming NECE conference - the programme, our topics, speakers and participation possibilities to help you shape this event. We hope to be as interactive as possible. Get your regular updates on NECE 2016 here and feel free to send us your ideas and comments.

Building on last year’s NECE conference (“‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World”), this year’s conference will dig deeper into the issue of migration and its relevance for citizenship education.

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