Civic education as a tool for improving democracy

On October 24, 2019, a workshop entitled How to Continue with Civic Education in Slovakia took place in Bratislava, organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with NGOs, members of the Partnership for Civic Education. The platform Partnership for Civic Education (www.obcianskevzdelavanie.sk) includes the Center for European Policy (CEP), the Movement of Christian Communities of Children (ERKO), the Institute for Economic and Social Reforms (INEKO), the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), the Anton Neuwirth College (KAN) , civic association Inconspicuous Heroes, the Anton Tunega Foundation (NAT) and the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA). 

Grigorij Mesežnikov, IVO President and fellow of the Vienna Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in the Europe’s Futures program (September 2019 - June 2020) took part in the workshop and the follow up press conference. 

The participants of the event – experts dealing with the issue of civic education and teachers of secondary schools – discussed about systemic solutions for improving the quality of civic education. They stated that both Slovakia and the world are currently facing the risks of a decline in the quality of democracy, rising populism, social and national demagoguery, and the spread of the “fake news“ in the media. One of the means of defending democracy is better civic education. According to the workshop participants, democracy cannot function without democratically minded citizens and politicians who adhere to democratic rules. In doing so, a functioning democracy contributes to improving the quality of life and its institutions can prevent the abuses of power. 

The media informed about the event, a detailed report was published on October 24, 2019 by the SITA news agency.

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