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1 European Conference 2011 "European Citizenship for the future: the Christian contribution to education for democracy in cooperation with the Ministry of Education Baden-Wurttemberg April 26-29, 2011 Bad Wildbad, Germany

2 What is the International Association for Christian Education (IV)? IV is acting on the European level as an umbrella organization, overarching Teacher associations School board federations Networks of Christian Schools Teacher Training Institutes, with a Protestant background IV collaborates closely with ICCS European Conference 2011

3 Attendants and contributors of the conference: Teachers School leaders Theologians Sociologists Politicians from seven European countries European Conference 2011

4 Main contents (1): European Citizenship Education on the agenda of the European institutions and the attitude of these organizations towards religion and churches (Review by Eckhart Marggraf) Which role does religion play in the education of our citizens? - Which role does Europe play? (Contributions from the Netherlands and Hungary) Citizenship Education and Democratic Commitment within the European horizon (by Kurt Edler, co-ordinator for Education for Democratic Citizenship at the CoE and president of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Demokratiepädagogik) European Conference 2011

5 Main contents (2): Christian education and / or education for democracy? (from the perspective of the Church of England – by Revd. Janina Ainsworth) Education! Democracy! - Religion? (by John Keast) = Projects and steps along the way, e.g. - Religious diversity and intercultural education. A reference book for schools) - Anna Lindh Foundation - OSCE - Toledo Guiding Principles - REDCo Project European Conference 2011

6 Two quotations: John Keast's starting point There can be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions; and there can be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions. (Hans Küng) John Keast's finishing point We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King Jr) European Conference 2011

7 Main contents (3): Examples of Democratic Citizenship Education in the countries of the participants Social studies - Europe – Religion in the seminary of Maulbronn (Germany) Stiftung Dialog at the Campus Muristalden (Switzerland) and its project Jugend debattiert (Youth on debate) Religious Education in French Highschools in Strasbourg (as RE in a lay and democratic society) Education to Social Responsibility at the Protestant School Centre of Michelbach (Germany) European Conference 2011

8 Outcomes of the conference: - Information about European activities concerning Education for Democratic Citizenship - Awareness of the crucial role of schools for identity building and democracy learning - Understanding the personal qualities and competences underlying democratic behaviour - Perception of the importance of interreligious and intercultural dialogue for a democratic society - Familiarity with different models of democracy learning and citizenship education in Christian schools European Conference 2011

9 For more details and downloads of presentations see => Proceedings, reports, etc. => IV Europatagung 2011 Thank you for listening European Conference 2011


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