Lifelong Learning Platform | LLLP - European Civil Society for Education

Active citizenship

The Platform believes that education is key to foster democratic and civic participation at local, national, European and global level. Learning to become an active citizen is about knowledge and attitudes, which requires the use of methodologies that involve learners actively in their own learning. They should be encouraged at all levels and in all sectors of education.

Curriculum should be competence-based, aiming to equip learners with democratic attitudes and social, civic and intercultural competences, as key competences for life. They represent an essential gear which any citizen should have in today’s complex and fast-changing world. We also need to build learners’ capacity to think critically and creatively, to explore new ways of acting and making informed and adequate decisions.

Civic and social participation are the fundament of European values and democracy. The Platform welcomed the fact that citizenship education became a highlighted priority of the Education and Training 2020 work programme of the Commission following the so-called Paris Declaration. It is a member of the dedicated Commission Thematic Working Group set up to share practices/knowledge between Ministries of education. It calls for concrete implementation measures at EU and national level.

The Lifelong Learning Platform is currently running a working group “Europe 2020 – Policy coherence” that is monitoring and contributing to various policy developments and is promoting the exchange of good practices amongst its members in this area.


  • Consumer Classroom Inter-school Competition 2016-2017

    Nowadays, pupils are familiar with the global fight against climate change towards a more sustainable world. Many of them are wise consumers in the fight against this world challenge, they have learned how to minimize waste and save water. But are they aware of their impact as energy consumers? Young people won’t become wise consumers unless they learn how to improve their energy consumption. The aim of this competition is to bring together secondary school teachers in Europe to […]

  • Freedom of Choice Under Threat: What Can European Citizens Do?

    ELIANT, an alliance of 10 European associations concerned with agriculture, nutrition, medicine and health, patients’ rights, education, care for people with special needs, democracy and ethical economics, will hold a conference in Brussels on 7 November. The conference will address the following key questions and challenges which concern European citizens: Why is freedom of choice a crucial issue and a challenge for the cultural development of Europe? How can freedom of choice be promoted and guaranteed, and what can European citizens do about it? The conference […]

  • European Commission registers “More than Education” European Citizens’ Initiative

    On 7 June, The European Commission registered a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) inviting the Commission to propose “a set of incentive measures, including support and monitoring, to develop citizenship education in curricula on all levels of formal education throughout Europe, aimed at shaping democratic citizens”. This registration starts a one-year process of collection of signatures in support of the proposed European Citizens’ Initiative by its organisers. The initiative “More than Education” is based on the observation that throughout Europe, […]

  • Save the date for NECE2016!

    Against the background of a global “refugee crisis” deeply affecting the state of the European Union and its neighbours, NECE 2016, organised in cooperation with LLLPlatform member DARE Network, will aim at two areas: firstly, it will look at the ongoing European response to the issue of migration including the divisions within and between European societies. Secondly, participants will be called to discuss how citizenship education should react to the polarising debate and the controversies about migration, diversity and identity […]

  • Education Policies and Practices to Foster Tolerance, Respect for Diversity and Civic Responsibility

    This NESET report on “Education Policies and Practices to Foster Tolerance, Respect for Diversity and Civic Responsibility in Children and Young People” reviews relevant European and international research in order to reveal how European education systems can better prepare future citizens for tolerance, respect for diversity and civic responsibility. The report highlights evidence-based best practices that have demonstrated their value across time and geographical boundaries. These practices can serve as a useful starting point for developing effective initiatives in […]

  • LLL-P Position on Education to Foster Intercultural understanding and solidarity in Europe

    As part of the commemoration of the January 2015 attacks in Paris against freedom of speech and thus, against the core of European fundamental values, the LLLPlatform released a Position Paper on “Education to foster intercultural understanding and solidarity in Europe”. To face the challenges ahead, the paper explores how education may be the mean to establish a holistic and sustainable society, using long-term and wholesome solutions. The Platform suggests that by promoting active educational settings, these will carry […]

  • Council of Europe: Parliamentarians back education for democracy

    Education systems should be reviewed to promote inclusive education and help ensure that school pupils become responsible, active citizens, with critical thinking skills, who are able to live in our diverse societies and uphold democratic values, according to parliamentarians. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe calls on member, observer and partner States to review their education systems (Resolution 2091, 2016), and invites the Committee of Ministers to give more priority to education to democratic citizenship (Recommendation 2084, 2016). The adopted […]

  • Education policy developments following the Paris Declaration of 17 March 2015

    This new Eurydice leaflet will provide you with a short overview of recent education policy developments in European countries since the adoption of the Paris Declaration.

  • Making the Case of European Civic Education

    EUCIS-LLL and the European Civic Forum organised a round table on “Making the case for European Civic Education” during the Lifelong Learning Week –  4 December (9’00-12’00).
    We believe that the current economic downturn poses a serious challenge to fundamental rights and democratic citizenship through rising unemployment, shrinking public spending and raising xenophobia and populism. Popular support for the European project has dramatically decreased over the last years, whereas European issues are increasingly piercing the public sphere and discourses all over […]

  • The characterization of Active Citizenship in Europe

    Facilitating Active citizenship is one of the European Commission’s strategies for
    increasing social cohesion and reducing the democratic deficit across Europe. In this context, this report provides an evidence base for policy development, identifying the socio-demographic characteristics and determinants of active citizens and those who for one reason or another participate much less. The JRC Report provides a detailed identikit of the active citizen from 2002 across 14 European countries. The results of this statistical analysis, based on a […]

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