International Workshop “The Challenges of Citizenship Education in Europe”

“The most important thing an institution does
is not to prepare a student for a career but for a life as a citizen”

Frank Newman

On Thursday, October 21, 2021, as part of the activities of the Erasmus+ co-funded project ‘Policy implementation support and teacher empowerment for CITIZenship Education – CITIZED’, the international workshopThe challenges of Citizenship Education in Europe” will take place in Sanremo, Italy.

The event intends to bring together policy-makers, researchers, and education professionals from different European countries, aiming at sharing and discussing the first results of the research conducted within CITIZED, as well as its expected future developments. The workshop is also included in the calendar of activities of the international Education Inspiring Peace Laboratory (EIP Lab). The conference represents the 4th annual event organised at the EIP Lab, spin-off of the Erasmus+ funded project UPPER.

During the workshop, the first results of the project CITIZED will be presented alongside the five main challenges identified by the consortium:

  1. How to bring citizenship education into everybody’s agenda (policy makers, media, teachers, parents and students)?
  2. From good purposes to good implementation: what may go wrong in citizenship education policies and how to avoid it?
  3. National/European frameworks vs bottom-up initiatives (informal and non-formal learning): how do they match?
  4. Teachers’ trainings on citizenship education: from a focus on contents towards the development of skills, attitudes and values.
  5. Assessing students’ learning outcomes of citizenship education: how to do it in formal education?

The workshop will also focus on the identification of a set of competences, to be acquired by teachers interested in citizenship education to effectively help learners in their learning path for democratic citizenship. A first set of competences identified by the CITIZED partners will be thus presented, discussed and integrated through the inputs received from the participants.

The event will be held in English.

Interested in participating? Hurry up and register here by 18th October!

If you are interested in attending the meeting in Sanremo please register as soon as possible considering that only 40 participants will be allowed to attend on-site. The venue will be accessible only upon presentation of a valid personal EU Green Pass or equivalent proof of vaccination/negative testing in the 48 hours preceding the event, in accordance with the current restrictions related to the Covid-19 emergency.

Cannot travel to Sanremo? Don’t worry! The online version of the international workshop will broadcast live from Italy the Plenary Session on 21 October and will provide you with the opportunity to virtually join the debate on 22 October through 5 parallel sessions!


Policy-makers, researchers, teachers and education professionals from different European countries, aiming at sharing and discussing the first results of the research conducted within CITIZED, as well as its expected future developments.

What is CITIZED?

CITIZED is a European-funded project whose final objective is to develop an innovative set of instruments that will help the widespread implementation of citizenship education in European education systems. It has the ambition to become an effective catalyst of a multiplication process based on teachers’ capacity building and empowerment and schools’ commitment, by filling existing implementation gaps between policy statements and daily practice in the schools. 

Structure of the conference

The conference is structured in a hybrid way:
21 October, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm: the meeting will be held on-site in Sanremo (Italy) and will be also broadcasted online through zoom.
21 October, 2.00 – 5.30 pm: the group sessions will take place only on-site in Sanremo.
22 October, 9.00 am – 12.30 am: the group sessions, building on the results of the group sessions of the day before, will be held online for those who could not attend the on-site session of October 21.

Find out more about the event!

Interested in the event? Download the Save the date leaflet and learn more about it!

Do you want to attend the event (in Sanremo or virtually)? Registration is open!

CITIZED Partners