“Civic skills” are the knowledge, abilities and attitudes that people need to be able to take an active role in society and to be “engaged citizens”. EU Member States are involved in international research efforts looking into how well education and training systems deliver these skills to young people. The work covers areas such as democracy and citizenship, national identity, social cohesion and diversity.
The main effort in this field is the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS 2009), which involved 22 EU Member States together with Asian and Latin American countries. It surveyed teachers and pupils’ understanding and attitudes towards civic and citizenship matters, as well as the political, cultural and educational contexts.
The results from the study are due to be released in June 2010.
Civic skills are identified as one of the 16 core indicators for education and training in Europe, and the Commission will use the results of the ICCS study to assess progress in this area.