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 – New Perspectives on European Education –

 There is a major lack of European education in European societies. For a long time, it didn’t appear to be a problem: European integration was thought of as a self-perpetuating process that did not need to be explained in detail. Serving their own interests, and maintaining their own sovereignty, the member states paid more attention to what they had in common rather than what divided them. Step by step, agreements were found in areas of business, politics and law. The results of this process – decades of peace, the development of democracy and the rule of law, economic prosperity in the Single European Market, and cross-border freedom of movement for citizens – were self-evident parts of a successful European integration.

Today, however, the European integration model seems to lose its attractiveness. EU governments and societies react to problems more and more with a national rather than a European view. The Brexit and the disagreement over the refugee issue are just two examples. This happens although the material and immaterial advantages of EU membership have not fundamentally changed.

 EU member states should be aware that European education is a fundamental precondition for a European consciousness, which must not be at odds with national consciousness. Citizens should understand that their respective identities and a transnational cooperation in the EU are two sides of the same medal.

European education policy for children, adolescents and young adults is a long way from achieving this. It is not given adequate priority in EU member states, nor is it on the European agenda. Political education continues to be predominantly national: Young people learn democracy and the rule of law on the basis of their national political constitution and institutions. Moreover, civic education, hence the citizen’s own role, is hardly portrayed in a way that encourages them to actively participate in shaping the European democratic community.

As an initial spark, GEKO with EUROSOC#DIGITAL, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Europäische Akademie Berlin , and Europa Union Brandenburg launch the debate on European education in Europe with the international TEACH#EU Conference on 21 and 22 September 2018 in Potsdam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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