European Year of Citizenship through Education - 2005
2005 is the European Year of Citizenship through Education. The aim is to launch throughout Europe a campaign to popularise and put into practice the education for democratic citizenship policies and programmes.
If education is an investment for the future, education for citizenship is an investment for Europe's democratic future. Democracy is not something that can be taken for granted. Nor is it an abstract concept. It calls for a commitment and responsible action by citizens in their everyday lives.
Low election turnouts among young people and their decreasing participation in public and political life lend urgency to the issue of education for democratic citizenship, which should be seen as a long-term investment to promote the democratic values of human rights, tolerance and cultural pluralism.
(Source: Council of Europe)
with Minister Mady Delvaux-Stehres: "For Luxembourg, education
for democratic citizenship is not an unnecessary luxury, but a matter
of survival" (16.06.2005)
European policies and regulatory frameworks regarding
education for democratic citizenship (EDC) and human rights education
Selected learning materials
Your School: A Practical Guide for Headteachers
for Democratic Citizenship: Teacher's Guide
European Convention on Human Rights: Starting Points for Teachers
Guide to the European Convention on Human Rights
School in Democratic Society: A Course Plan for Poland's Future Teachers