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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

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Shape the future of EUrope

European citizenship education in classrooms

The Austrian EU Council Presidency and the EU elections in May 2019 are current events in order to increasingly involve pupils in this school year in an open discussion about the EU and to motivate them to active democratic participation. The conference will once again provide teachers with the opportunity to learn about current European policy developments, to get to know methods and materials for European citizenship education and to network.

Österreichisches Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftsmuseum, Vogelsanggasse 36, 1050 Wien

Conference on the Development and Significance of Human Rights in Austria

On the occasion of the commemoration and remembrance year "Österreich 2018" Christoph Grabenwarter, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court, and Oliver Rathkolb, Director of the Department for Contemporary History of the University of Vienna, invite to the conference "Human Rights 1948/1958" on the development and significance of human rights in Austria.

Verfassungsgerichtshof, Freyung 8, 5. Stock, 1010 Wien I Juridicum Universität, Schottenbastei 10-16, Dachgeschoß, 1010 Wien

TDI'18 - Days of Diversity and Inclusion

This year's event has the motto: "Merely being there is not enough. Inclusion and didactics - professional ways to inclusion." To contribute to the realization of this motto from the mission statement of the University College of Teacher Education Vienna, the Inclusive Education Office (BIB) in cooperation with the Competence Center for Multilingualism, Migration and Human Rights Education (Ko.MMM), the Working Group for Equal Treatment and the Center for Citizenship Education warmly invites to the "Days of Diversity and Inclusion at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna" on 16 and 17 October 2018. 

Pädagogische Hochschule Wien, Grenzackerstraße, 1100 Wien

99 years of women's suffrage. 69 years Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Stations on the Vienna Protest Walk

The First Vienna Protest Walk is already preparing for the commemorative year 2018 and offers from 20 November 2017 two new stations funded by the Ministry of Education: The already existing station on the right to vote is extended by a chapter on women's suffrage and a new station is dedicated to the history and importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The opening will take place on 20 November with the 6D class of AHS Rahlgasse. From this day on, information about the new stations is available online (in German).