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The power of networks


NECE 2016 has certainly been a place to exchange contacts and knowledge during coffee breaks as well as different formats of participatory discussion, such as the speed labs on friday or the Open Space on saturday.

Revisiting the Scenario Workshop


One of the highlights from Fridays parallel sessions for sure was the scenario workshop that forced participants to dig deeper into their wishes, visions and fears for the future. By identifying the key drivers that shape the ongoing debate on migration and integration in different EU member states and regions, the scenario exercise outlined current challenges and elaborated consequences for citizenship education in Europe within different possible scenarios from a bright hopeful future to quite bleak outlooks.

Spotting citizenship education in Croatia


In the course of the 12 years of NECE conferences taking place all over Europe, participants often signalized an interest in getting to know more about the respective host cities or countries. So 2016 means sort of a new beginning for NECE when it comes to a more thorough involvement of local aspects of citizen education in the respective areas.

The opening panel of NECE 2016 in Zagreb allowed insights into the impressive engagement of some of the key figures of citizenship education in Croatia.

Heated discussions and inspiring encounters - This was the first day of NECE 2016 in Zagreb




The first day of the 12th NECE conference taking place at Zagreb’s Lisinski Hall was visibly impacted by the results of the US-elections escorting most participants on their way to Croatia and possibly reinforced the heat of both panel and several offsite discussions.

But let’s begin with the more easy and pleasant parts of the day which started with sunny weather and dozens of openminded and friendly people from all over Europe and beyond getting to know each other or meeting old friends at Lisinski hall, enjoying coffee, soft drinks a wide range of selected sweets and fruits along inspiring talks inbetween program parts.

Three wishes for NECE

When Petra Grüne from the German Federal Agency for Civic Education and Eddy Habben Jansen from ProDemos greeted everyone and asked the participants to reveal their whereabouts by standing up and stating their home country, a widespread virtual map of home destinations unfolded in Lisinsky hall – which usually is a space for concerts and cultural events and thus transporting a slight vibe of theatricality.    

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