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Mapping civic education in Europe

THE CIVICS Innovation Hub, a pan-European non-profit organisation, is conducting a mapping of civic education in Europe. We would like to invite you / your organization to join us by filling out the questionnaire below. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes.

With the mapping THE CIVICS identifies the stakeholders of civic education, both in non-formal and informal civic education; describes which topics and groups of society they are focusing on; investigates whether and how they collaborate; and finally, seeks to analyse what they need in order to create innovative and strong responses to the challenges faced by the citizens of Europe. Our plan is to encompass 21 countries in Europe. The data will be published as an interactive map depicting stakeholders per country and their relations with each other (http://connected-action-impact.culturalfoundation.eu/universe; https://kumu.io/UnLtdUSA/austin-social-entrepreneurship#the-austin-social-innovation-ecosystem-map/civitas-learning).

While there are multiple definitions of civic education, we in this survey understand civic education in accordance with the wording and recommendation of the Council of Europe   https://www.coe.int/en/web/edc/what-is-edc/hre

Civic education equips citizens with the competences that enable them to actively participate in society. These civic competences are:
  • knowledge (i.e., concepts of democracy, institutions, identity, politics)
  • skills (i.e., communication, discussion culture, thinking critically, problem solving, (self-) reflection, awareness of bias and blind-spots)
  • democratic values (i.e., valuing human dignity and human rights, equality, transparency, cultural diversity)
  • attitudes (i.e., openness to otherness, trust, respect, tolerance, responsibility, self-efficacy).
In our mapping we encompass both non-formal and informal civic education. Whereas formal education covers activities prescribed by the curricula, in elementary, secondary, high-school and tertiary education, non-formal education refers to planned, structured programmes and processes of personal and social education primarily for young people designed to improve a range of skills and competences, outside the formal educational curriculum, while informal education refers to lifelong learning processes, whereby each individual acquires attitudes, values, skills and knowledge from educational influences and resources in his or her own environment and from daily experience.