• Share experience and knowledge of best practices in field of civic education in a cross-sector and cross-thematic framework;
  • Network with other European organisations;
  • Establish youth and cultural exchanges;
  • Revise the teaching of citizenship and use it to engage young people and encourage them to be active citizens;
  • Internships abroad to help development of civic education.


Civic education plays an important role in preparing citizens to take an active interest and role in shaping the future of society. Civic education promotes debates at a local level, but also encourages participation in political practices at a national level, such as elections. It also provides for a basic understanding of the law and its application. With regards to Russia and Eastern Europe, civic education can help to bring about a working understanding through of the shared communist past. Civic education on a global level encourages cooperation between states, whilst domestically promoting active participation in public life.

It was decided that a Working Group on civic education needed to be established in order to share common experiences and practices in this field. Furthermore, the framework of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum facilitates interaction between states on civic education and allows the Working Group to appeal to one of its most important target audiences – government officials.