On the occasion of the German EU presidency, NECE held the 2020 edition of its annual NECE conference in an online format with live broadcasting from Berlin, Germany. It highlighted the necessity of citizenship education in a world of pandemic and ecological risk and the idea of citizenship education as a public good in the future restart of the European Union. Maja Göpel, author of the bestseller ‘Rethinking Our World’ and director of The New Institute, opened the first conference day with a keynote on ‘Rethinking our World – Reconciling Climate Change & Democracy’.
Citizenship education was displayed in this conference as a pluralistic offer for fair debates, diversity of perspectives, and a learning space for participation. A great diversity of European and international stakeholders, networks, experts and practitioners participated– live on stage in Berlin and in the virtual space. Open and participatory digital spaces offered the possibility to network with experts, civil society actors and policy makers from Europe, the MENA region and Africa.