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Council of Europe: seminar on intercultural dialogue, citizenship and democracy. The experience of Catholic schools

(Strasbourg) “Intercultural dialogue: learning citizenship and democracy. Practices in Catholic schools” – this is the theme of a seminar that will be held tomorrow, 17 January, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on the initiative of the representations to the CoE of the Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) and the European Association of Ex-Students from Catholic Schools (UNAEC-Europe) in collaboration with the permanent Mission of the Holy See to the Council of Europe, the DECERE Association (Democracy, European Construction and Religions) and the OCIPE (Catholic Office of Information and Initiative for Europe). The goal of the seminar, the organisers explained, is to “better understand the contribution of Catholic schools to the construction of a peaceful Europe, united in diversity”. The theme of “education in intercultural dialogue” has long been a priority for the Council which has recently developed a “Framework of Competences for a Democratic Culture”. The Catholic school “identifies with this approach” based on the “notion of common good” and “makes the encounter with the other a fundamental goal of its educational projects”, the promoters explained. Opening the seminar will be Mgr. Paolo Rudelli, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the CoE. The event will feature testimonies and experiences from Catholic schools as diverse as their geographical contexts, from Malta to Turkey, from Sweden to Salesian schools, to the network of Lasallian schools. Speakers at the conference will include Mgr. Antoine Hérouard, president of the Social Affairs Commission of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).

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