Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Conference “Closing the empowerment gap through citizenship education: How to address educationally disadvantaged groups”, 17-19 November 2011, Warsaw (Poland)

NECE - Networking European Citizenship Education

“Closing the empowerment gap through citizenship education: How to address educationally disadvantaged groups”, 17 - 19 November 2011, Warsaw (Poland)
Location: Fabryka Trzciny Art Centre, ul. Otwocka 14, 03-759 Warsaw (www.fabrykatrzciny.pl)

This year's NECE conference focuses on the complex changes regarding civic participation in Europe and its effects on socially disadvantaged groups. On the one hand citizens tend to refrain from traditional political participation, which is reflected by decreasing turnout rates in elections and a general disenchantment with politics. On the other hand a rising number of new ways of getting involved in politics and society i.e. using new media have emerged and gained importance.

However, these new forms of political involvement are to a large extent determined by the access to education, by income and skills. Groups with no access to these resources remain widely excluded from participation in civil society and political processes. Socially disadvantaged groups with poor educational opportunities suffer from a conspicuous ‘empowerment gap’.

By bringing together multipliers in the fields of citizenship and cultural education, youth and social workers, NGO representatives and experts from a wide range of academic disciplines this conference seeks to discuss the role of citizenship education in this context. Is citizenship education the suitable tool that could contribute to close the empowerment gap? Conference contributions will include theoretical and practical approaches from all over Europe. In schools and out-of-school or informal learning environments will be taken into consideration.

The current conference programme is available at the NECE website http://www.nece.eu/
The conference language is English (without translation).

There is a participation fee: participation in the whole conference € 50,-; reduced fee for students € 25,-; daily guests € 20,-.
Since the number of conference participants is limited, we ask you to register as soon as possible at: http://conf.lab-concepts.de/nece
The organisers will not cover accommodation and travel costs!

For more information on accommodation and travel arrangements in Warsaw, please visit the NECE website: http://www.nece.eu/. Here you may also find further information about the NECE initiative promoted by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference management at:
lab concepts GmbH
Agathe Dziuk
Phone: +49 (0)228 2498 114/ Fax: +49 (0)228 2498 111