The Working Group on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education is an ET 2020 Working Group. Its mandate is to provide a forum for exchange of key policy issues falling under the scope of the Paris Declaration. The focus is on developing citizenship, fundamental values and non-discrimination in the different sectors of education and training.
Its main policy priorities are the four pillars of the Paris Declaration:
- Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy to develop resistance to all forms of discrimination and indoctrination
- Ensuring that children and young people acquire social and civic competences
- Fostering the education of disadvantaged children and young people and combatting discrimination
- Promoting intercultural understanding through all forms of learning
The Working Group is composed of government representatives from 36 countries, including EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey as well as representatives of European social partners, stakeholder associations and international organisations. It started its work on 22 February 2016.
The Working Group outputs, to be delivered by June 2018, are:
Media literacy and critical thinking
A peer learning activity on critical thinking and media literacy was held in the Hague in April 2016 (see the key messages from the PLA) which served as input for the Council conclusions on media literacy adopted by Education Ministers in May 2016.
Promoting social and civic competences
A peer learning activity on social and civic competences was held in Vienna in October 2016 (see the key messages from the PLA).
Social inclusion was addressed in a peer learning activity in France (March 2017, see main conclusions), which focused on teacher education, and in Malta (May 2017), which looked at inclusive education (see the key messages from the PLA).