The proposal for a European Agency for Citizenship Eduction

The Agency would serve as a European dialogue and exchange platform on citizenship education

A European Agency for Citizenship Education would seek to improve the access to and the quality of citizenship education in all EU member states and support the development of a European dimension of citizenship education. The Agency would promote a comprehensive approach towards citizenship education, directed at all age groups, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and locations. Being needs-oriented, the Agency would focus on those areas and actors that require most support. In addition, it would foster innovative and digital learning methods, which have become especially relevant due to the new normal under COVID-19. The Agency would provide funding, learning materials, digital infrastructure and capacity building opportunities to educators. It would work in a decentralised manner and in close cooperation with local and regional actors, but also remain non-partisan and independent of governments and EU institutions’ political agenda.

Main Objectives

Investing in democratic competences can contribute to making the EU a more resilient

Secure equal access to citizenship education
Improving the quality of citizenship education
Foster innovative and digital learning methods
Assya

A New Push for European Democracy can be successful only if the “pushers” have the capacities, abilities and capabilities to push in the right direction – towards strengthening Democracy. This is why citizenship education is so important, in its entirety and with a special emphasis on its European dimension.

Assya Kavrakova
Executive Director ECAS – European Citizen Action Service

Main Tasks

The EACE would not create structures parallel to existing EU funding instruments or programmes, but instead pool and coordinate those activities and establish greater resources for the latter.

Research & monitoring
Grant-making mechanism
Capacity-building
Teaching meterials and practices
Mutual learning and exchange of good practices

Identity and values are not possessions that privilege Europeans above non-Europeans. They comprise commitment and responsibility in relation to a heritage and towards a global future. Citizenship education should appreciate this, with the objective of developing the basis for a more aspirational new common identity committed to strengthening Europe’s contribution to a sustainable global future.

Prof. Dr Herman J. Abs
Professor of education research and schooling, University of Duisburg-Essen 

Abs (2018) UDE Portait by Daniel Schumann

The EACE would not create structures parallel to existing EU funding instruments or programmes, but instead pool and coordinate those activities and establish greater resources for the latter.

European
Non-partisan
Sustainable
Demand-oriented
Impact-oriented

Cooperation Partner

The discussion paper was published in cooperation with the European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate, supporting and challenging decision-makers at all levels to make informed decisions based on evidence and analysis, and providing a platform for engaging partners, stakeholders and citizens in EU policy-making and in the debate about the future of Europe.