Croatian educational system and its accessibility for migrants

Getting ready for the NECE conference, you will probably be eager to learn more about this years’ host country Croatia. Julija Kranjec from the Centre for Peace Studies, one of the local partners of NECE 2016, provided us with valuable insights into the Croatian educational system. Her article focuses on children's education, language courses for adults and access to and availability of higher education for refugees and is a compilation of information and explanations provided by the Ministry of Education, the Government Office for Human Rights and National Minority Rights and MIPEX Croatia.

NECE News: Speaker CVs

We are really looking forward to the conference next week.
For worming up: you can find a compiled list of confirmed NECE speakers and additional CV information here.


NECE magazine titel pageNECE was founded over 10 years ago, but what actually is NECE? And what does it stand for? To answer these questions to NECE “newbies” as well as long-established supporters, the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb collaborated with various renowned authors to set up the first issue of NECE magazine. The 52-pages issue will be published in November, it will be available at the NECE conference in Zagreb and online (both for free). We’re proud to trigger your interest by publishing the following exclusive interview of the magazine in advance. In this Interview titled “All-inclusive” Audrey Osler talks to Marinko Banjac and Tomaž Pušnik from Ljubljana University about the need to understand and teach diversity, the BREXIT momentum and how human rights could be a framework for inclusion. Audrey Osler is a professor of Education at the Norwegian Buskerud and Vestfold University College, founding director of the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE) and valuable contributor to the NECE network.

Marinko Banjac: Today’s world is one in which we can witness what well-known scholar Steven Vertovec calls a super-diversity: Population diversity is significantly higher and  this affects where, how  and  with whom people live. How do you see this super-diverse world?

Audrey Osler: First of all, it is very important to emphasise that diversity has  always been  a part of our societies, related to gender, sexuality, economic status and  social class.  But today’s European migration levels and,  in particular, the migration of visible minorities has  highlighted an increased awareness of existing diversity. There- fore Steven  Vertovec’s concept of super­diversity is very fitting for Europe today.

NECE News: New Speaker confirmed

The NECE conference 2016 starts in two weeks only. Now it’s official: Monis Bukhari, Syrian House (Germany) confirmed as speaker to the upcoming NECE conference!

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NECE News: Reception and concert


Have you noticed that the second day of our conference is going to be a Friday? We did! For that reason we organized the Reception and concert "Pavel" - live at National and University Library in Zagreb, so that you can let all the information and ideas from that day sink in and round off the day by socializing with the other participants while listening to one of the best croatian bands.

ESI (European Stability Initiative)

Dear NECE-Enthusiasts,

We like to recommend to you the latest Newsletter from the ESI (European Stability Initiative) which analyses the current situation of refugees in the Ageean following the EU-Turkey agreement. ESI is a think tank with offices in Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul and Vienna, founded in 1990 by Gerald Knaus, an Austrian researcher and activist. Gerald and his team are widely seen as the minds behind the EU-Turkey as they had been suggesting solutions along these lines from the start of the refugee crisis in Greece and in the Balkans. This latest newsletter gives you an insightful update on the hotly debated deal with Turkey and provides food for thought to be discussed in Zagreb.

CLEAR Focus Group

Back at the starting point of NECE in 2004, several participants pointed out a few weakpoints they had identified in the transnational dialogue despite the fact that the 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.

(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: [...]

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. [...]


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