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Council of Europe: citizenship and democracy, the experience of Catholic schools. Mgr. Rudelli, “Educate for living together in a plural society”

(Strasbourg) There are “convergences between the indications of the Council of Europe” on “the values, attitudes and skills that the school should offer through education for living together in a plural society” and the teachings and good practices recorded in Catholic schools across Europe. This is according to Mgr. Paolo Rudelli, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe, who opened the seminar “Intercultural dialogue: learning citizenship and democracy. Practices in Catholic schools” in Strasbourg today. The event was organised by 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 cooperation 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 challenges to Catholic education posed by a multicultural environment are not new, both because the network of Catholic educational institutions virtually spans the whole world, and because in many regions a large part or even the majority of students attending them are non-Catholic”, Mgr. Rudelli explained, referring to “the Middle East, almost all Asian countries, and also several countries in Africa, and sometimes even in Europe”.

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