The recording of the panel discussion titled “Demands and Realities of Civic Education: a Pan-European Stocktaking” organized on September 28, 2023, is now available on AUTHLIB’s YouTube channel.
Civic education is the centerpiece of the renewal of democratic attitudes from generation to generation in Western societies. The weak institutionalization of democratic education in official school curricula after the democratic transitions of 1989–90 and the limited funding available for informal civic education projects are primary reasons for the recent democratic malaise and the advancing illiberal and authoritarian threat in Central and Eastern Europe.
A comparative study, Great Expectations: Demands and realities of civic education in Europe, conducted in 21 European countries by the CIVICS Innovation Hub highlights the crucial role of civic education in promoting active citizenship and democratic resilience. It also identifies the key challenges to effective civic education in the individual countries and formulates important practical recommendations for policy and civic stakeholders at the national and European levels.
Louisa Slavkova, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The CIVICS
Maja Kurilić, Project Manager, The CIVICS
Dániel Hegedűs, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States