EDUCATION POLICIES AND PRACTICES TO FOSTER TOLER-ANCE, RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE EU
Growing ethnic and religious diversity in Europe poses both opportunities and challenges to Europe-an policy-makers and societies as a whole. It is expected that this diversity will continue to increase. At the same time, recent studies show that intolerance and social exclusion are increasing, with some mi-grant groups feeling alienated. This is leading to incidences of social tensions and unrest. Education has a key role to play in preparing societies for dealing with these phenomena. It also plays a vital role in the political socialisation of European citizens from cradle to grave.
This independent report reviews the most relevant European and international research on these is-sues in order to summarise existing knowledge and to distil policy lessons based on evidence. It ad-dresses questions that include:
What main opportunities and challenges do European education systems face in terms of educating for tolerance, respect for diversity and active citizenship? For each of these, what policy insights can we draw from existing European and international re-search and evidence? Which specific education policies and practices appear to work best and under which specific circumstances?