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Living Democracy - An Introduction to the Centre for Civic Education of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Knowing political and social structures. Understanding democratic principles. Being up-to-date on current affairs: These are requirements for getting involved with politics.
The Centre for Civic Education of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia promotes and supports citizens in obtaining these requirements. It offers civic education on site, organizes events and supplies a variety of online and offline media sources about history and politics. It encourages political discussion and serves as an advisor for memorial places in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The Centre for Civic Education acts above party lines and strengthens the democratic and political culture in North Rhine-Westphalia - since 1946.
Fundamental goals of the Centre for Civic Education are:
- to mediate and promote democratic principles
- to increase political participation on regional, national and European levels
- to enhance political participation of immigrants
- to provide instructions for the competent use of modern media
- to keep track of demographic change and its consequences for the relationship between generations
The Centre for Civic Education is part of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
What is Civic Education?
What is Civic Education? And why was it essential for the establishment of democracy in Germany after World War II?
After long years of Nazi rule, the Germans were used to dictatorship. In order to make a new beginning, political re-education proved to be essential.
Learning from history
Today's tradition of Civic Education in Germany is a result of the country's horrible experiences in World War II. The website "Learning from history" provides material and sources and offers an active dialogue about how to deal with Germany's past. It also serves as an introduction to the German understanding of Civic Education.
Civic Education in Germany and elsewhere
The Federal Centre for Civic Education in Germany offers a well-written article on Citizenship Education in Germany by Dirk Lange. Lange takes a look at why Civic Education in Germany needed to be established, but also considers present and future challenges. Additionally, the website gives an overview of Civic Education in other countries.
State parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia
The "Landtag", the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, offers some additional information about our state.