Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Meet the ENGAGE partnership (1/2)

ENGAGE - Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship.

The project ENGAGE is a partnership between eight organizations in seven EU member states.

During this and a second blog entry we will introduce you to the ENGAGE project members:

Organisation name:   Association Civisme et Démocratie - CIDEM

Country: France

Contact person: Pauline Bozec


CIDEM is the project coordinator of ENGAGE.

The association CIDEM (Civism and Democracy) was founded in 1984 with the ambition to encourage youngsters to use their voting right and be active citizens. Since then, CIDEM has evolved into a reference resource center dedicated to all those who wish to engage in promoting civic responsibility in their neighbourhood, school or community. We develop exhibitions, educational leaflets and posters on a wide range of issues such as the EU, the environment, democracy, equality and the fight against discrimination, history and memory.

CIDEM is actively engaged in three fields of activity: the promotion of citizenship education, the encouragement of citizens’ participation in democratic life and the development of European citizenship.

To achieve these goals, CIDEM has formed several partnerships with major actors in education: the French Education Ministry, the Defense Ministry, la Ligue de l’Enseignement (the main non-formal education organization in France) but also the European Civic Forum, the Robert Bosch Foundation and other civil society organizations.

Organisation name: La Ligue de l’enseignement de Bourgogne

Country: France

Contact person: Emmanuelle Allais

France is our member country with two partner organizations. Together with CIDEM as project coordinator, La ligue de l'enseignement de Bourgogne, the league of the education of Bourgogne, takes care of the implementation of the project locally in France and of the dissemination of the result in their national network.

Founded in 1866, the movement of la Ligue de l’enseignement is one of France’s largest organization in non-formal education. It gathers 25,000 associations in 102 local and 22 regional federations with the common aims of training responsible citizens, fighting against all inequalities and building a fairer and more independent society. It aims to guarantee access to education for everyone and further promotes a secular society, solidarity among citizens and active citizenship.

La Ligue de l’enseignement de Bourgogne is the regional union and local representative of the movement who is gathering 800 associations and over 29000 members.

Our project is to invite citizens to join in order to :

  • Understand nowadays’ changes
  • Contribute to the evolution of our society and to its improvement
  • Promote the construction of a political and social Europe
  • Get involved in the sustainable and social development of our planet

It acts everywhere against inequalities and discriminations to build a fairer and more inclusive society based on the principle of “living together”

Organisation name: Volunteering Matters/ Volonteurope

Country: UK

Contact person: James Moon  

Volunteering Matters, formerly known as CSV, is a national charity leading UK volunteering in policy and practice.

We know that people are experiencing social isolation and huge inequalities in their communities. We also know that by investing in people through volunteering we can reduce inequalities and isolation to build stronger more inclusive communities.

By focussing on four areas of work; disabled people, older people, young people and families we inspire our committed and ambitious volunteers to power change in their communities. We do this by delivering targeted, innovative and professional programmes nationwide. Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate to build strong and inclusive communities.

Volonteurope is an international network promoting the values and principles of volunteering, active citizenship and social justice at a local, regional, national and European level, both in the Member States of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

The network is registered in the Netherlands while its Secretariat is hosted and supported by Volunteering Matters, the UK’s leading volunteering charity in policy and practice.

We seek to implement innovative approaches to encouraging Active European Citizenship across the continent. We do this by facilitating the exchange of information, good practices, cooperation and capacity‐building, through seminars, conferences, Active Citizens of Europe (ACE) Awards and research, as well as development of effective partnerships amongst our members, associates, as well as other partners in Europe. Through joint efforts, we engage in campaigns and lobbying activities at all levels.

Organisation name: Center for Citizenship Education

Country: POLAND

Contact person: Sylwia Żmijewska-Kwiręg


Established in 1994, the Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej (Center for Citizenship Education, CCE) is a non-governmental educational foundation. CCE works to promote values of civic knowledge, practical skills and attitudes that are necessary for democratic state founded on the rules of law and civil society. CCE also operates as a non-profit teacher-training institute and is registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports.

In addition, Center for Citizenship Education develops and introduces into Polish schools the most innovative school curricula in the fields of civic engagement, history, law and economic education, , and it is responsible for many activities targeting teachers, students and local authorities. Currently, CCE is running over 25 nationwide educational programs in elementary and higher secondary schools.

 This is the first half of the project members, next week we will share the other three project members, who are also member of DARE network.