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25 May, 2005

Education for Democracy in Eastern Europe

Last week the Citizenship Foundation's Ted Huddleston presented at a joint policy seminar in Cetinje, Montenegro, on 19-20 May. Its focus was Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC).

Ted's contribution looked at school involvement in the local community. The other international contribution, from Milan Pol of the Czech Republic, was on school networking.

All other contributions were provided by teachers and officials from the Federation of Bosnia & Herzogovina and Republika Srpska, Serbia and Montenegro, who each presented examples of EDC practice from their countries.

This is the first time that EDC teachers from the different countries had come together for a joint gathering, and was so successful it prompted calls for an annual event.

It culminated in the formulation and agreement of a joint statement in which participants pledged to work together on a number of issues in the future.

The statement includes the development of bilateral and trilateral co-operation on an equal basis in the field of education, in particular on:

- arrangements for mutual recognition of certificates, diplomas and periods of study acquired at primary and secondary level;

- exchanging experience in education and its reform in concord with the democratic process in Europe and the world;

- the mutual exchange of experts, documentation, information and experiences in trhe process of the modernisation of education;

- co-operation between universities and higher education.

This seminar was one of the final events in the joint EU/Council of Europe project on EDC in the former Yugoslavia. Share

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