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polis - Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools

polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools supports teachers in putting citizenship education into practice. It works under contract to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education/Department for Citizenship Education. The Centre provides teaching materials, acts as information and consultation platform, offers formation and continuing education for teachers, as well as workshops for students. Apart from knowledge transfer activities, the Centre also engages in awareness-raising and sensitisation for all issues concerning politics, democracy, human rights, consumer education and the strengthening of social skills.

The main tasks of polis are, among others:

  • Website
  • Twitter and Facebook: @Zentrum_polis,
  • Information brochure for teachers polis aktuell
  • publishing (Edition polis) and distributing of teaching materials on civic education
  • In-service teacher trainings
  • Workshops for school classes
  • Organization of events, e.g. Austrian Citizenship Days
  • Implementation and coordination of various projects, e.g. Vienna protest path, Competition for Civic Education, dictionary of politics for young people
  • Coordination of a teacher’s network
  • Consultation and support for teachers

⇒ annual reports


First annual Conference Jahrestagung on Human Rights Education

The first annual conference offers a diverse programme on the field of human rights education. Patricia Hladschik, of Zentrum polis, deals with the field of tension and the interaction of democracy and human rights with regard to education. She also presents the Council of Europe's campaign "Free to speak, safe to learn - democratic schools for all", which sees the school as an important player in democracy-building.


Pädagogische Hochschule Wien, 1100 Wien, Grenzackerstraße 18, Haus 4, Festsaal

Expert Roundtable on the Council of Europe's Framework of Competencies for Democratic Culture (RFCDC)

In April 2017, the Council of Europe launched the European Policy Advisers Network (EPAN). The basis for the work of this network is the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competencies for Democratic Culture (RFCDC). The Austrian experts to the EPAN network, Sigrid Steininger and Patricia Hladschik, invite to a roundtable presentation and discussion of this framework.

Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte, Freyung 6 (Schottenhof), 1. Hof, Stiege II, 4. Stock, 1010 Wien



First Vienna Protest Path


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