The Eastern Partnership brings the EU and its 28 Member States together with six countries to the EU’s east: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
In 2019 the Eastern Partnership is celebrating ten years of common activities that aim to strengthen the relationship between all these 34 countries and their people. One of the anniversary events is “Promoting Common Values through Education and Culture”, a conference taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 25 and 26 June 2019.
The conference considers how cooperation in the fields of education, youth and culture can strengthen citizenship, common values and inclusiveness, looking both at policies and practice.
Discussions start by focusing on fundamental values and the way these are echoed – or threatened – in education and research, democratic participation, civic engagement, critical thinking and media literacy. The second day looks at inclusive education, social cohesion and gender, as well as the role of teachers and culture in promoting and fostering common values.
Speakers comprise decision-makers, administrators, practitioners and academics from the six EaP countries, EU Member States and the EU administration. The conference’s opening session features the EU’s Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, the Georgian Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Mikheil Batiashvili, and the EU’s Ambassador to Georgia, Carl Hartzell.