In 2017, the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competencies for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) was adopted, followed by the launch of a Education Policy Advisers Network (EPAN) in 2018.
From 2019, a NECE focus group moderated by polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools together with the DARE Network will explore the potential uses of the Reference Framework in different national and educational contexts. Claudia Lenz, as co-author of the RFCDC, acts as lead expert.
The teaser workshop at the 2018 NECE conference in Marseille led to a number of applications for the group, which now assembles members from diverse educational contexts from Belarus, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. They will explore the use of RFCDC in their own institutional contexts and the focus group will serve as sounding board for the reflection and evaluation of the members' activities, as well as for a general reflection on possibilities and limitations of the given RFCDC. First results will be expected for the NECE conference 2019.