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The European Cultural Centres set up and developed an original system of European citizenship education, by putting into practice an optimistic philosophy of Europe.

They propose much more than simple meetings of young people. They are based on a real project of common life: Europe experienced and applied daily.

an innovative project

When the idea of the sessions on culture and citizenship germinated in 1989 Saint-Jean d'Angély, the project of the European Cultural Centre had to fill the existing gaps regarding education in Europe. Everything had to be done in this field. Indeed, until then, European construction left the cultural dimension aside. The prospects for widening made such actions necessary and urgent.

Photo ECC St Jean

An innovative project in many ways, the creation of European Cultural Centres follows the statute of non-profit associations. The project is based on intercultural and multidisciplinary pedagogy, in order to create a human and more harmonious Europe. The Centres offer an original synergy between a European cultural objective and innovative teaching methods.

A philosophy of daily action on the cultural, civil and sensible dimension of Europe founds the approach. Moreover, appropriate intellectual and teaching accompaniment is essential to explain the general and historical context of the construction of a united Europe to the first public: young people. During sessions, the Centres implement an original manner of confronting the latter with their europeanness to make them realise that they will be and already are the actors of a Europe in construction.

young people, engine of Europe

Initiatives such as those carried out by the European Cultural Centres are necessary because Europe has not yet acquired a daily dimension and it remains still unknown to those who make it up. As young people have an essential role to play in the future of Europe and as its success or its paralysis will depend mainly on them, it is necessary to form them so that they become aware of this role. In particular, they have to realise that culture is a significant dimension of the Europe of tomorrow as well as of today.

They must also understand that ignorance generates fear of otherness and conflicts and that it is necessary to know the Other in order to know oneself better. The centres are given as objective to participate in peace education.

Photo ECC St Jean

Through understanding, exchange, creation of positive interactions, respect, one is able to see common values and common desires, beyond borders and languages (and in spite of specific and inevitable frictions). This sensitising must be carried out at an age when all is still possible, when prejudices can be called into question easily.

to build and commit themselves as "young european citizens"

The sessions organised by the European Cultural Centres bring together pupils from different countries (three simultaneously) in order to make them reflect, learn and live together in both a festive and a serious environment. The definition and acceptance of common rules, or the development of compromise between educational methods constitute a training of daily citizenship. They carry out a work on themselves and on their representations of Europe. The various activities stir their curiosity about the Other and about new knowledge.

Each must understand the importance of being a full-time actor in his activities with the ECC and in his future life. This active participation, this personal engagement in the life of the community, makes young people feel that they participate in integral citizenship.

The vocation of the ECC is to take part actively in the education of young people to create actors conscious of Europe, to give them the intellectual tools and the human formation that will allow them to live their own history concretely. They thus keep in their memory the fact that the construction of a space of freedom and democracy is a daily struggle.

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partnership with the european institute of cultural routes

The European Cultural Centres and the European Institute of Cultural Routes share the same values and the same philosophy. An increasingly thorough collaboration was thus established between them, which led to the signature, on November 1, 1999, of a convention that makes official the relations woven for several years (between the pilot Centre of Saint Jean d' Angély and the EICR).

The network of the ECCs works on topics and actions that coincide with the topics of the cultural routes of the Council of Europe. The convention aims at making the two institutions benefit from their respective network in order to set up a joint and coherent project.

Thus, a synergy arises from their activities in favour of a culture directly involving the European cultural dimension and the sensitising of the school public.

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 Website of the CEC
  Centre for European Culture in Saint-Jean d'Angély (France).
 Presentation of the CEC
  Guy Pihouée presents us the activities of the Centre of St-Jean d'Angély.
 Associate of EICR - CCE
 Asociate EICR - CCE
  english version
 media library
 European Citizenship
  A necessary book on this subject by C. Withol de Wenden.


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