Education against radicalisation – One Year after the Paris Decleration

One year after the adoption of the Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education, the EU-Commission released at the 16th of March 2016 a report, which examines how European education systems can better prepare future citizens for tolerance, respect for diversity and civic responsibility. It highlights key success factors and includes successful examples from several different Member States that can serve as concrete sources of policy inspiration. To underpin policy change with financial support, when allocating the € 400 million envelope for the 2016 Erasmus+ cooperation projects, priority will be given to those projects tackling the objectives of the Paris declaration. A specific call with a budget of € 13 million has been released with the main objective of supporting dissemination, replication and mainstreaming of good practices at grass-root level in areas falling under the scope of the Paris Declaration.

Upon the initiative of French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, the Paris Declaration – adopted at the Informal Meeting of the EU Education Ministers in Paris on 17 March 2015 – gave the strong signal that, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of January 2015, Ministers wanted to boost EU-level cooperation on four overarching priorities:

  • Ensuring young people acquire social, civic and intercultural competences, by promoting democratic values and fundamental rights, social inclusion and non-discrimination, as well as active citizenship;
  • Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy, particularly in the use of the Internet and social media, so as to develop resistance to of discrimination and indoctrination;
  • Fostering the education of disadvantaged children and young people, by ensuring that our education and training systems address their needs; and
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue through all forms of learning in cooperation with other relevant policies and stakeholders.

More informations:

EU Commission Report

EU Commission Website

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