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Introduction EDIC+

Education plays a central role in preparing youngsters for a democratic society, for active participation and greater social justice and tolerance in all domains of society. Given this important task for education, it is necessary to train a new generation of educational professionals that can contribute to this development.

The University of Humanistic Studies participates in an Erasmus Strategic Partnership on education and intercultural citizenship for Master- and PhD-students from all over Europe. The programme is called ‘Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship Education’ (EDIC+). EDIC+ is a collaboration of the University of Barcelona, Bath-Spa University, the University of Helsinki, Charles University Prague, the University of Tallinn, Aristotle University Thessaloniki and the University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht. The programme is coordinated by Prof. Wiel Veugelers from the University of Humanistic Studies (

The main focus of this international educational programme is to establish a platform for young educators and researchers from different parts of Europe to work and learn together, to have international experiences, to create opportunities to publish and to contribute to each other’s projects for educational change.

Intensive Programme

Annually there is an Intensive Programme (IP). Three Master- or PhD-students specialising in education and two staff members of each university of the Erasmus Strategic Partnership can participate in it. It takes place at one of the universities  involved for a period of ten days. The central theme of the IP will be determined by the expertise of the hosting university. Professors joining from other universities will also present lectures about themes that they are working on. In this way every university adds to the programme and tries out elements of their own EDIC+ module (see below). At the end of the IP ideas and feedback of students are gathered to improve the EDIC+ modules organised at every participating university, since in addition to stimulating exchange, curriculum development is also an important objective of the IP.

International seminar

At the 20th of June 2019 an international seminar is held about EDIC+. This seminar is devoted to examining and discussing the developed EDIC+ modules in parallel sessions. New perspectives on Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship will be developed.

The seminar starts with the launching of the book Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship and by presenting the first examples to a representative of the European Union and to Eduard Nazarski, director of Amnesty International/the Netherlands.

Next, the modules and relevant topics will be presented and discussed in parallel sessions.

This will be followed by a panel discussion: Reflections on Education for Democratic Citizenship Education and its Future with Nimrod Aloni (Tel Aviv), Ivor Goodson (Brighton), Helen Haste (Bath, Harvard), Fritz Oser (Fribourg) and Jasmine Sim (Singapore)
The seminar ends with the Valedictory Speech by Wiel Veugelers: Learning and Teaching in Critical-Democratic Citizenship Education.

EDIC+ modules at participating universities

Each university develops its own module, in the area of its own expertise on moral and citizenship education. The following EDIC+ modules are offered and available for Master and PhD students in one of the participating universities, specialising in education:

University of Helsinki (October 29th - December 16th, 2018)

Teachers’ Moral Competence in Pedagogical Encounters

Tallinn University (November 2nd - December 14th, 2018)

Educational Policy and Citizenship Education

Bath Spa University (January 14th - January 25th, 2019)

Social and Educational Inclusion in Schools and their Communities

University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht (February 18th - February 22nd, 2019)

Theory and Practice of Citizenship Education: Teaching Democracy and Tolerance

University of Barcelona (April 1st - May 21st, 2019)

Ethical Competences for Democratic Citizenship at School and in Families

Charles University, Prague (April 9th - 22nd, 2019)

Theater of the Oppressed and Educational Activities in Civil Society

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (March - June, 2018)

Multicultural/Intercultural Education