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Active citizenship and identity in education

Education plays a crucial role in the promotion of the common values embedded in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) to understand the present world, strengthen national democracies and bolster the EU in the context of multiple challenges including xenophobia, discrimination, the spreading of disinformation, and radicalisation. High quality and inclusive education from an early age and at all levels and types plays an important role to help students develop the relevant competences to understand and acquire the EU common values as well as to provide opportunities to become active and critically aware citizens and strengthen learners’ European identity. Considering the growing importance of these themes in the current academic and policy debate at EU level, notably emphasised in the 2015 Paris Declaration and the 2018 Council Recommendation on Common values, Inclusive Education, the Network should continue addressing them in its activities in the years to come.