Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education

Informal meeting of european union educatIon ministers (PARIS, TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2015)

During the informal meeting in Paris on 17 March, which was honoured by the presence of the French President François Hollande, Education Ministers from the European Union Member States and Mr Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport adopted the Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education. 
The declaration calls for Europe’s combined efforts to prevent and tackle marginalisation, intolerance, racism and radicalisation and to preserve a framework of equal opportunities for all. “As ministers responsible for education, we have a special duty to ensure that the humanist and civic values we share are passed on to future generations,” on behalf of the Presidency said Ms Mārīte Seile, the Latvian Minister for Education and Science. 

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Education for Citizenship in the Arab World

In 2011 the Carnegie Middle East Center published this study from Muhammad Faour and Marwan Muasher regarding neccessary changes in Education within the Arab world.
Front Matter of "Education for Citizenship in the Arab World"Education for Citizenship in the Arab World

You can find the complete study on this site.

Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education

The Council of Europe

In 2010 the Council of Europe decided on the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.
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Literature Country Profiles

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Citizenship Education in Europe

Eurydice is a network that collects and distributes data about European education systems and how they work. The Eurydice reports show how challenges at all education levels are tackled. 

The latest study focossing on Citizenship Education was published in 2012 and collected data in 31 countries. 

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International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)

The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is an independent, international cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies. It conducts large-scale comparative studies of educational achievement and other aspects of education, with the aim of gaining in-depth understanding of the effects of policies and practices within and across systems of education. 

The IEA conductet in 2009 it’s third study on civic and citizenship education. The study evaluated civic and citizenship education in 37 countries around the world and assesed students enrolled in the eigth grade. 

You can find more information about the IEA and the “International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS)” via this link:

Citizens in the Making

Civil Society and Civic Education in Egypt 2012

The Gerhart Center hosted a consultation with 29 organizations active in civic education, as well as donors and media outlets.

Discussions focused on issues of outreach, curriculum and measuring impact, while addressing the challenges and opportunities in each area. To expand on the knowledge gained during this consultation, the Gerhart Center undertook a series of interviews with representatives of organizations involved in civic education. The interviews were conducted in Cairo and Giza in June and July of 2012. 
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Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI): The Road to Citizenship Education in Egypt

In 2015 The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) conducted a qualitative study regarding Citizenship Education in Egypt, especially the efforts done within the non-formal sector. The final version of this study “The Road to Citizenship Education in Egypt” was published in 2016. It was realized in partnership with the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Egyptian Youth Federation (EYF). 

In their qualitative study the researchers provide an overview of the current status of Citizenship Education (CE) in Egypt. The focus is set on the non-formal sector, including the work of Civil Society Organizations and NGOs. What the study is trying to identify is a common understanding of CE in the Egyptian context: What are the various forms of “non-formal” Citizenship Education? Which current subjects of initiatives and programs are there to be found? What kind of different stakeholders work in the area of CE and what are their most striking challenges? And finally: How do well-tried practices and lessons learned to date look like? 

To get those insights, semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with different stakeholders, for example members of NGOs or donor agencies and especially with youth, active either as participants or trainers in citizenship education projects. The results of these encounters might help policy makers or organizations working within CE retrace the structures of the work field in Egypt. The special regard to the involvement of young adults into CE aimed to explore their representation and responsibility within the civil society. 
Here you can find the study in PDF-Icon English and PDF-Icon Arabic.