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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.


  • Save the date for LLLP Annual Conference 2019

    The Lifelong Learning Platform is happy to announce the dates of its next Annual Conference for 19-20 June 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The debates will turn around the exciting and topical theme of “Learning Democracy, Values and Participation”.

    2019 will be a crucial year for Europe, as the political landscape is compelled to change in the May elections: through this topic the LLLPlatform will seek to bring back the discussions around citizenship education, active citizenship, and the values that inform […]

  • LLLWeek18 – Lifelong Learning Culture in the European Parliament

    The 8th edition of the Lifelong Learning Week took place in the European Parliament on 3-7 December 2018. It was a dense week of debates, discussions and reflections upon the LLLP’s theme of the year: Lifelong Learning Culture: A partnership for rethinking education.

    The week kicked-off with a lively LLL Civil Society Forum in the splendid Fondation Universitaire. Civil society organisations active in education and training debated their own role vis-à-vis the latest EU policy, and their contribution […]

  • LLL Interest Group: Guiding Principles for a European Lifelong Learning Area

    The Lifelong Learning Interest Group, composed of Members of the European Parliament and representatives of civil society, met on 24 January 2018 for the event “Taking stock of Lifelong Learning in Europe – what will a European Education Area bring”, hosted by MEP Sirpa Pietikainen.

    The event began with a presentation of the Guiding Principles for Lifelong Learning, based on the outcomes of the Interest Group meetings held since its inception in September 2015. Discussions followed on how the application of these […]

  • New Commission package released: LLLP asks for a 21st century approach

    Today, the European Commission followed-up its November Communication on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” with a new package of measures aimed at strengthening key competences, digital skills and the European dimension of teaching.
    The package consists of three initiatives:

    A Council Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning which updates the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences, giving further emphasis to civic and entrepreneurship competence
    A Digital Education Action Plan which sets out the priorities of making better use […]

  • European perspectives: volunteers and lifelong learning

    David Lopez, President of the Lifelong Learning Platform was asked by “France Volontaires” what volunteering mean for lifelong learning.
    “When it comes to education and lifelong learning, the tension between the acquisition of competences and citizenship education is of particular relevance for the European point of view. Thus, it is crucial to develop a consistent policy on volunteering.”
    Read here is his perspective, in French.

  • European Commission’s public consultation on the “Recommendation on Promoting social inclusion and shared values through formal and non-formal learning”

    The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the “Recommendation on Promoting social inclusion and shared values through formal and non-formal learning”. The online questionnaire will gauge public opinion on the importance of equipping young people with shared values and how education and non-formal learning can help achieve this aim in view of creating more socially cohesive societies. The results of the public consultation will be used together with the other data and research […]

  • 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 […]

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