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TIMELINE September 2020

Recent events

Workshop, 30.09.2020, 10:00 – 12:00 am (CET)

2020: A watershed moment for citizenship education? Tools and strategic options for Europe with Alicja Pacewicz (NECE coordination Warsaw), Christoph Müller-Hofstede (NECE coordination Bonn/Berlin), Niccolò Milanese (NECE Advisory Board)

This workshop is following up on the work of NECE and other networks to advocate the essential role of citizenship education as a public good for a sustainable and democratic Europe. In a world of pandemic and ecological risk, citizenship education is the essential tool to foster capacities of the population to participate in democracy. It needs to become a top priority in Europe. NECE will be presenting a draft declaration highlighting the political urgency of this agenda. It will include recommendations to address significant gaps regarding scope and quality of citizenship education across the continent. 

With this workshop, we are aiming at a broad coalition of stakeholders for a new advocacy strategy at the European level. The meeting will be interactive, using breakout sessions and feedback tools for harvesting ideas from all participants, and foster networking in the virtual space. Results of the meeting will be presented in a public session during the NECE conference on November 5 and 6 in Berlin. 

Workshop, 28.09.2020, 10:00 – 12:00 am (CET)

Self-Reflection: Becoming a „democratic“ teacher with Claudia Lenz (member NECE Advisory Board) and Patricia Hladschik (polis – Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools)

The Council of Europe launches a Teacher Self-Reflection Tool to support (student) teachers in developing their democratic professional ethos and competences. The tool, issued online and as printed version, offers guidance to teachers and multipliers throughout this development process and in their work with the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC). It can be used as a starter for getting acquainted with the RFCDC, but can also be seen as a very general accompaniment to self-reflection on teaching and democratic competences.
The workshop offers a guided tour through the online version and includes the possibility to test parts in small groups.

Workshop, 25.09.2020, 10:00 -11:30 am (CET)

Citizenship education competencies for a fairer Europe: Empowering people to shape the future with Natalia Kouhartsiouk and Eleanor Dillon (Bridge 47)

Join us for an interactive and reflective discussion on the skills and competencies entailed in global citizenship education. This session will use a co-created policy document, the Envision 4.7 Roadmap, to discuss practical processes for effecting change. It will draw on global insights to explore the values that underpin active citizenship and what the implications and applications are for a fairer, more sustainable, future in Europe, particularly in the post COVID-19 era. 

This workshop is hosted by Bridge 47, a global network of individuals and organisations, interested in collaborating on the topic of global citizenship education with the aim of achieving the transformative education outlined in Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7.

Workshop, 24.09.2020, 10:00 – 12:00 am (CET)

Little Fires Everywhere! (Re)defining Transnational Social Movements in a Digitial World with Franca Kappes (teamGLOBAL)

On 11 March 2020, the WHO declared the new coronavirus a pandemic; a pandemic that was followed by a lockdown that would subsequently put the world on hold. Since then, one single issue has dominated the media coverage while some of the currently most pressing political issues have seemingly been left in limbo. However, far from disappearing, several movements were particularly active during this period. From national uprisings in Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Chile to transnational protest waves sweeping across the Atlantic, activists around the world have sought to keep their fight alive while repressive government responses have created new sites of struggle. In this WS we will be looking at how grassroot movements have been operating within the digital playing field and discuss the risks and benefits of online activism in times of crisis. 

Lunch with ideas, 23.09.2020, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (CET)

Digitalisation. Digital Competence, AI or Big Data – a Challenge for Education for Democratic Citizenship in Europe with Nils Eyk-Zimmermann (DARE)

Digitalisation is key for “A Europe fit for the digital age”. Time for the education sector to come into play. We give insights in the EU discussions and also collect impulses, what the civic education has to say to Digital Competence, Big data, and AI in society and also education.
1)    Citizenship education has a role in empowering citizens for participating in transformations. 
2)    It enables “Learning to swim in the digital ocean” (DigComp 2.1)
3)    Also in the education a bigger role of AI/datafication/analytics is expected. 
The “White Paper on AI” is conceding : “The main risks related to the use of AI concern the application of rules designed to protect fundamental rights” What role can we play to support a rights-sensitive digitalisation in Europe? 

Presentation, 21.09.2020, 5:00 – 6:00 pm (CET)

Qualification of Managers of ESD Bildungslandschaften with Jasson Jakovides,  Martina Eick and Maximilian von Eller-Eberstein (Fields Private Institute)

Modern educational work is essentially the bringing together of people, topics and sectors in order to share perspectives, experiences, competences and solutions to make them available to all. In the context of ESD Bildungslandschaften, in order to overcome major, common challenges, these diverse ideas, initiatives and measures must be bundled and managed in such a way that they contribute to solving problems in the long term.
In the presentation we aim to give insights into the development of the qualification programme (by integrating and linking existing professional expertise) as well as the core elements, contents and methods of the developed modules. 

Workshop, 18.09.2020, 10:00 – 12:00 am (CET)

COMETS on Being Civically Engaged – Workshop for Trainers with Blanka Thees, Nik Paddison & Christin Voigt (SALTO Training & Cooperation Resource Centre)

Facilitation: Antonela Kotsoni

COMETS stands for COMpetence development European Training Strategy in the field of youth and is a series of learning experiences that support capacity building for trainers in the youth field, based on the ETS Competence Model for Trainers to Work Internationally. The COMETS on being civically engaged focusses on this competence area and invites to trainer-learners to explore and reflect their training practice with regards to this competence area. The idea is to encourage and support the political and critical youth citizenship dimensions in youth work under Erasmus+. 

Presentation, 17.09.2020, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (CET)

From knowledge to action: A new Resource Guide for defending democracy against illiberal challenges with Anna Lührmann (Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute), Jérémie Gagné (More in Commonand Karolina Wigura (Kultura Liberalna)

Welcome and introduction: Christoph Müller-Hofstede, NECE coordination

Facilitation: Susanne Ulrich (Center for Applied Policy Research)

The V-Dem Institute’s newly-published Resource Guide “Defending Democracy against Illiberal Challengers” provides an overview of cutting-edge research and innovative ideas.

This presentation introduces the resource guide and its rich variety of tools for practicioners and educators in civil society and schools. How to make best use of the recommended tools and what role transnational networking can play will be put at the center of the discussion. 

Anna Lührmann (editor and vice president of the V-Dem Institute) will introduce the report followed by comments from Karolina Wigura, Kultura Liberalna, Warsaw (Member of the NECE Advisory Board), who will discuss the authoritarian threats her country is facing, and Jérémie Gagné, Senior Associate of More in Common, Berlin will introduce the ideas behind ‘More in Common’, a new collaborative network with teams in the United States, the UK, France and Germany. 

Lunch with ideas, 16.09.2020, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (CET)

‘Civic deserts’ in Europe explained with Louisa Slavkova (Civic Europe / Sofia Platform Foundation)

‘Civic desert’ is a new term: it describes communities without opportunities for civic engagement. In an attempt to better understand what distinguishes those from places with vibrant civic life, a team of civil society actors has tried to identify them in a number of European countries (BG, PL, RO, HU) and to propose activities that might contribute to more opportunities. 

Lunch with ideas, 14.09.2020, 12:15 – 1:00 pm (CET)

Citizenship and the media: what can we learn from Brexit? by Claudia Delpero (Europe Street News), with the participation of Paul Adamson (Encompass)

The Brexit vote has been a shock in the democratic life of the UK and the EU, not least because it has determined a loss of rights with little public discussion and limited awareness of those impacted. The key question of this event will be: what role do media play in informing, debating and promoting participation in EU citizenship?
Special guest of this event will be Paul Adamson, a British publisher, the founder of E!Sharp and Encompass, who runs a podcast analysing the people, power and processes driving politics and policy in Europe. Paul was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2012 and Chevalier in the Ordre National du Mérite by the French government in 2016. 
Claudia Delpero is an Italian journalist, the founder and editor of Europe Street News, an online magazine about the rights deriving from EU citizenship.

Workshop, 11.09.2020, 10:00 – 12:00 am (CET)

Debating Europe – an Online Simulation Game on the European Parliament with Heidi Ness and Frank Burgdörfer (polyspektiv)

In this simulation game participants turn into members of the European parliament, belonging to four different parliamentary groups. They discuss a fictious proposal on a fee for disposable cups. In an active role they learn about decision-making in a political party, in a plenary and between EU institutions. Participants thus train to see different perspectives, to analyse interests, to articulate own ideas, to solve conflicts and to speak in a plenary. The simulation game will last 90 minutes and will be followed by a short didactical reflection. We can reflect aspects such as moderation tools, possible subjects of the simulation game or adaptations to different target groups. 

Pecha Kucha, 10.09.2020, 1:15 – 2:00 pm (CET)

Restarting Europe: The power of citizenship education and civic engagement

with Kris Grimonprez (CASE4EU), Emily Mnyayi (Social Enterprise in Education), Melih Ozkardes (Studio Europa Maastricht), Marina Cino Pagliarello and Malina Aniol (“Civic education and populism”: the missing link) and Petar Natsev and Niels Dekker (Discovering possibilities for an EU education package by the Council of the European Union).

Facilitation: Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic (PS-Development).

In the four Pecha Kucha sessions during the NECE CAMPUS 2020, international projects in the fields of digitalizing citizenship education, the future of Europe, and sustainability, will be sharing fascinating insights in a series of 20 slides, each accompanied by 20 seconds of commentary. Powerful. Visually compelling. Authentic. Check out the Facebook livestream!

Presentation, 07.09.2020, 5:00 – 6:00 pm (CET)

What’s politics got to do with it? European youth programmes and the development of critical youth citizenship with Yael Ohana (Frankly Speaking – Training, Research & Development in cooperation with JUGEND für Europa and DARE

Facilitation: Ajsa Hadzibegovic

European youth work interpreted as political is under threat. It is becoming increasingly difficult to address sensitive and controversial issues of the day without negative consequences for individuals and organisations. In an increasing number of countries, including those in the EU, doing so could result in your organisation being excluded from funding, you yourself being accused of over-stepping your mandate as an educator and people in positions of authority withdrawing their trust. This is a political issue in and of itself. For many in the community of practice, an important element of their professional and vocational identities is engaging young people meaningfully as citizens, impacting not only their civic and political acumen but also their political agency. 

Presentation, 02.09.2020, 5:00 – 6:00 pm (CET)

Solutions for the Planet: our national eco innovation learning challenge goes online with Jen Baughan & Sarah Milburn (Solutions for the Planet/S4TP)

Solutions for the Planet’s ‘Big Ideas’ national challenge promotes active team citizenship enabling young people’s voices and new ideas to be heard by decision makers, politicians and industry leaders. Young environmental entrepreneurs are supported by mentors from industry, school teachers and our S4tP coordinators, to develop their ‘Big Idea’ and then compete to present their innovative solution for the planet at a national final hosted by politicians at the Houses of Parliament in London. 

Workshop, 01.09.2020, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (CET)

Digitalizing Citizenship Education: Presentation of essential tools and ideas with Dirk Hulverscheidt (Facilitator) Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic (PS-Development) and Daniel Kraft (Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany)

This hands-on session will be focusing on key factors to consider for effective and successful online facilitation. We will be exploring which tools and approaches support strong participant engagement, create personal connections and drive collaborative practices across borders. Further topics will be understanding synchronous and asynchronous spaces, how to match the needs of your intended audience to the right choice of tools, and critical questions to address when designing digital offerings to fuel active participation before/during and after the event. These tips will be based on real case-study examples of very diverse organisations across the globe. Daniel Kraft, the press officer of bpb, will take part and present ideas and experiences from his work with digital formats in recent months. Join us to start experimenting with your own digital designs and experience the difference.