Education policies and practices to foster tolerance, respect for diversity and civic responsibility in children and young people in the EU

Growing ethnic and religious diversity in Europe poses both opportunities and challenges to European policy-makers and societies as a whole. It is expected that this diversity will continue to increase.

At the same time, recent studies show that intolerance and social exclusion are increasing, with some migrant groups feeling alienated. Education has a key role to play in preparing societies for dealing with these phenomena. It also plays a vital role in the political socialisation of European citizens from cradle to grave.

This independent report reviews the most relevant European and international research on these issues in order to summarise existing knowledge and to distill policy lessons based on evidence.

It addresses questions that include: What main opportunities and challenges do European education systems face in terms of educating for tolerance, respect for diversity and active citizenship? For each of these, what policy insights can we draw from existing European and international research and evidence? Which specific education policies and practices appear to work best and under which specific circumstances?

  • Published by: Publications Office of the European Union
  • Year: 2016
  • Languages available: English
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