Znanje na djelu / Wissen am Werk took part in the annual conference of the international NECE – network (Networking European Citizenship Education), which was held in Glasgow from 24 – 27 October. Set against the Brexit process and its impact on the United Kingdom, NECE 2019 focused on Confronting Inequalities! The Role of Citizenship Education. ZND team (Dr. Caroline Hornstein Tomić, Daška Domljan, Dunja Vuković and Filip Krapić) participated in panels, workshops, excursions, project market and open spaces.
Caroline Hornstein Tomić, member of NECE Advisory Board and Chair of the Management Board of our foundation, moderated the conference opening panel How does Citizenship Education affect Inequality. She participated in the panel „It’s the Economy, stupid! – No, It’s something else“. The Rise of Illiberalism and Populism in Post 89/91 Eastern Europe, discussing the role of economic and social disparities between the “West” and the “East” and (social) inequalities as driving force for discontent and populism in post-socialist transformation societies, together with panellists from Poland, the Ukraine and Bulgaria. Daška Domljan and Dunja Vuković took part in the workshop Bridging Social Inequalities in Youth Access to Learning and Employment along with representatives of initiatives from Scotland, Southern Italy and Egypt. The participants exchanged about their experiences in fighting youth unemployment, skills mismatch, and how to guide and support young people on their path to self-sustainability and active citizenships in their local communities. The workshop was convened by Caroline Hornstein Tomić. NECE offered a great chance to present our work and discuss the challenges of growing inequalities, its political causes and implications for citizenship education. Besides participating at the NECE conference our team greatly enjoyed the reception at the impressive and beautiful Glasgow City Hall.