The Network of Education Policy Centres (NEPC), based in Croatia, addresses the need for independent and information-based policy analysis, advocacy for equity, and effective, sustainable solutions in education policy processes. The vision of the NEPC is to develop into a strong formally established network of leading education policy centers, a global actor with local and regional expertise in education policy that promotes the values of an open, democratic, multicultural, and pluralistic society. Policy in NEPC’s understanding involves implementation and evaluation as well as the formulation of new policies. The mission of NEPC is promoting flexible, participatory, evidence-based, transparent education policies reflecting open society values, which mean proactive policy initiatives as well as advocacy and monitoring activities of governments and national education systems. NEPC has 23 member organisations in 20 countries and 5 individual members.
The NEPC is currently organising two important events for December:
1) Teaching History for Democratic Citizenship. How does history education contribute to social cohesion and respect for diversity today?
- Place: European Parliament, Brussels
- Date: 4 December 2013
- Co-organisers: European Association of History Educators (EUROCLIO), European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL)
An initiative within the 3rd EUCIS-LLL Lifelong Learning Week and the NEPC Project “Making History Work for Tolerance: A Research-Based Strategy to Reduce the Intolerant Usage of History Teaching in the EU”, this event is hosted by Members of the European Parliament Ms Malika Benarab-Attou (France, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance) and Mr Oleg Valjalo (Croatia, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats). The Project addresses the need to reduce political manipulations of history teaching in order to increase tolerance among the majority and minority population (including migrants) in EU countries and to reduce xenophobia. The project aims to support intercultural dialogue through history teaching in 4 EU countries (Denmark, Latvia, Romania, and Slovakia).
2) The Sustainability of Divided Education
- Place: Hotel Lav, Vukovar, Croatia
- Date: 13 December 2013
- Co-organisers: Forum for Freedom in Education (SIRIUS National Partner)
The final activity of the project “Leadership for Local Community: Empowering Teachers and Youth for Active Role in Local Communities”, this conference is envisaged as a meeting point of international, national and local stakeholders in order for them to question the sustainability of various forms of divided education. The Conference will address the topic of divided education and its impact on civic attitudes of students attending separate schools. The Conference will analyse contemporary trends within inclusive education and link them to existing practice.