NECE is an initiative for networking citizenship education in Europe. A variety of activities have been developed within its framework to encourage the organisation of contacts, co-operation and synergies in the field of citizenship education. NECE is not an institutionalised network, but a forum that allows the spectrum of stakeholders involved in citizenship education to interact with one another.
The initiative´s chief goal is to promote the Europeanisation of citizenship education, and to contribute to the creation of a European general public. Through a number of activities, NECE aims to provide transparency about stakeholders and approaches in citizenship education, and to inspire transnational discussions on the topics and challenges facing the field.
It brings together academics, practitioners, and policymakers at the European level, and stimulates knowledge transfer and information exchange on good practices – thereby raising awareness of the impact of citizenship education and fostering co-operation and projects. NECE is primarily directed at practitioners in citizenship and cultural education, along with scholars/experts and trainers. In pursuing its aims, the initiative also reaches out to stakeholders and multipliers from the media, politics and NGOs.
With a series of regular conferences and workshops, NECE supports exchange on good practices and scientific discourse in citizenship education, as well as its transfer into the arena of practical application. Annual conferences are dedicated to issues of current interest, such as citizenship education in immigration societies. At these events, different characteristics and interpretations of the topic are analysed and examined by a number of experts from a variety of fields. The transfer from theory into practice is then illustrated by examples of good practice introduced in subsequent interactive modules. Several times a year at NECE workshops, experts from academia and practice meet to discuss and prepare further events, projects or co-operation. These smaller events help identify prevailing pertinent questions or further topics that would benefit from additional measures. Within the framework of a given workshop, concrete co-operation can also be prepared or carried-out at a European level.