Workshop 1 – Education and Culture: a synergy for European identity in all its diversity

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Workshop 1 / Atrium 6 / Thursday, 24 May 2018, 16:00 – 18:00

Organised by Lifelong Learning Platform, Culture Action Europe, European Federation of Intercultural Learning, EESC section for employment, social affairs and citizenship


16:00 Opening

  • Ms Christa Schweng, President of the EESC's Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship

16:10  Break-out sessions

  • European culture and heritage in digital times - Corinne Szteinsznaider, Coordinator of Michael Culture Association, Teresa Badia, Secretary General of Culture Action Europe
  • From education to citizenship in diverse societies - Joke Van der Leeuw Expert from EUROCLIO, and Brikena Xhomaqi, Director of Lifelong Learning Platorm (LLLP)
  • Intercultural Learning through online and in-person encounters, Izabela Jurczik-Arnold and Alma Dóra Ríkarðsdóttir, European Federation for Intercultural Learning

17:15         Panel with experts from break-out sessions

17:45 – 18:00        Interactive session


Debates around the issues of European identity in all its diversity have gained ground in the current discussions. Education and culture are the drivers that foster a feeling of belonging to the European community, and yet they are not sufficiently acknowledged as such. The digital revolution has made clear that new ways are in place to breach barriers between Europeans, both in space and time: new ways to promote learning, new ways to share our heritage, new ways to develop a deep sense of cultural awareness. Still, the digital shift raises questions vis-à-vis the universal rights of access to education and culture in an online world, as well as about the space internet opens up for communication and cooperation among people, which has an impact on civic engagement and intercultural encounters.

Stemming from the necessity to address these needs, the workshop seeks to tackle the ways in which education, culture, heritage, and intercultural understanding contribute to the definition of European societies in digital times. Both the Lifelong Learning Platform and Culture Action Europe believe that civil society organisations have the potential to show how the multiple connections between these spheres can match the needs of the European community and help us thrive in an interlinked and digitalised world.

Aims and main questions

Through this workshop we hope to answer some of the questions that permeate the current debate:

  • How can education and culture contribute to shaping European citizenship and build true lifelong learning societies?
  • What the conditions, barriers to overcome, and set of principles and frameworks needed to foster a sense of European community, including newcomers, through education and culture?
  • What measures can be taken to ensure that digital means serve the wider scope of cultural awareness?


The workshop will have the form of a “reverse café”. This particular set-up foresees the group of audience and speakers to split into three different break-out sessions, each of them taking place in a separate space; in each space, an expert will guide the audience to answer the starting questions, giving a privileged perspective and using tools to gather input from the participants.

In a second phase, experts will bring the discussion to a panel in plenary session, where contributions will build up to the final take-away. The three break-out sessions will each come up with a set of three or more recommendations to the policy-making actors, and the audience will get to prioritise them in an interactive way through a system of online voting.

Break-out sessions

1. European culture and heritage in digital times.

Experts and participants will jointly explore how we can overcome digital power imbalances that shape the circulation of current cultural practices and our shared past. In addition, we aim to discuss how it can be ensured that a diversity of cultures can thrive in the new digital world, shaped by strong network effects and embedded tracking.

Experts: Corinne Szteinsznaider (Coordinator of Michael Culture Association, the European transectorial network for the valorisation of digital cultural heritage) and Teresa Badia (Secretary General of Culture Action Europe)

2. From education to citizenship in diverse societies.

How can education and culture foster a sense of community and enhance European citizenship? This break-out session will try to answer this topical question, addressing the role of education as a driver of Europe as we know it.

Experts: Joke Van der Leeuw (EUROCLIO) and Brikena Xhomaqi (LLLP)

3. Intercultural Learning through online and in-person encounters

This break out session will focus on how facilitation of and reflection on in-person and online intercultural encounters is essential in order to develop intercultural competence, which is essential for living together and developing a sense of belonging.

Experts: Izabela Jurczik-Arnold and Alma Dora Rikardsdottir (European Federation for Intercultural Learning)

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