Benjamin R. Barber, president of the NGO CivWorld at Dēmos and internationally renowned
political theorist, will deliver the keynote speech at the conference opening on 17 November 2011.
At our conference we will discuss the complex changes regarding civic participation in Europe
and its effects on socially disadvantaged groups. On the one hand citizens tend to refrain from
traditional political participation. On the other hand a rising number of new ways of getting
involved in politics and society i.e. using new media have emerged.
However, these new forms of political involvement are to a large extent determined by the
access to education, and by income and skills. Groups with no access to these resources remain
widely excluded from participation in civil society and political processes. Socially disadvantaged
groups with poor educational opportunities suffer from a conspicuous ‘empowerment gap’.
Experts and activists in the fields of citizenship and cultural education, youth and social
workers, NGO representatives will meet in Warsaw to discuss the role of citizenship education in
this context. How can citizenship education become a suitable tool for closing the empowerment
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Conference language is English (without translation).
If you have any questions regarding the conference or transport and accommodation, please do not
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on behalf of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)228 2498 110/ Fax: +49 (0)228 2498 111