8 November 2016 -10.00/12.00 - palais de l'Europe - Room 5 - Interpretation: FR/EN/JP

The lab will feature various national approaches to citizenship education and make recommendations about making citizenship education more effective, holistic and participatory

initiative 1

Schools for democracy, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine/The European Wergeland Centre, Norway

The National Programme in Education for Democratic Citizenship “Schools for Democracy” was developed as a supporting tool in launching systemic reforms of the secondary education in Ukraine. During 3 years up to 120 schools will implement democratisation projects focusing on the integration of the Education for Democratic citizenship and Human rights (EDC/HRE) into the teaching and learning process, democratic governance of schools, partner relations with local community, participatory and inclusive environment at school. The Programme also trains national trainers to support implementation of CoE’s Charter in EDC/HRE in Ukraine. The Programme is designed to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between schools from all the regions in Ukraine.




Chief Specialist, Department of General Secondary and Pre-school Education, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine


Oksana Kovalenko is responsible for cooperation with the Council of Europe in the field of secondary education and for the development of the national framework, curricular  and creation software, educational, scientific and methodological support for secondary schools. She is member of the Steering Committee in Education Council of Europe, and Professor, Head of Department, at the Faculty of Political Sciences, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA).



Senior Adviser, The European Wergeland Centre


Iryna Sabor is responsible for the European Wergeland Centre’s Programme in Ukraine. Having a broad experience in managing several educational projects, her professional interests focus on education for democratic citizenship and human rights, democratization, education and school development policy. Iryna Sabor majored in International Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies at the universities of Lviv, Ukraine and Oslo, Norway.

initiative 2

Intercultural Practice of Hamamatsu City, Japan

In Japan, immigrants of Japanese descent increased rapidly after a revision to the law was introduced in 1990. Hamamatsu became the city with the most Brazilian residents in Japan. The Mayor of Hamamatsu will discuss the situation, its development, various challenges, and the response. Foreign residents now settle for longer and education for children is most crucial. Hamamatsu has defined the Hamamatsu Intercultural City Vision to effectively develop policy. Furthermore, the Mayor will introduce the Council of Municipalities with Large Migrant Populations, where local governments facing similar challenges can share information and suggest improvements to laws and systems to the national government.


SUZUKI Yasutomo

Yasutomo SUZUKI

Mayor of Hamamatsu City


Mayor Suzuki was born in Hamamatsu City in 1957. After graduating from Keio University, Department of Law, he enrolled in the first class to graduate from the Matsushita Institute of Government and Management. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000. After serving two terms in the House of Representatives, he was elected mayor of Hamamatsu City in 2007 and is currently serving his third term as mayor of the city. As an advocate city of the Council of Municipalities with a Large Foreign Population, Hamamatsu City puts emphasis on work towards its intercultural policies, including education for children of foreign residents.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.



City Councillor and Education Activist


“How democratic education prepared me as city councillor”: Simone learnt to become an active citizen, through actually experiencing true and full democracy in my school. Her democratic education also taught Her to learn and work together with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, and to treat them as equals. She now knows how precious it is to have fundamental rights. She is defending them to build a more democratic, transparent and inclusive society - by being a city councillor and an education activist.

Storytelling - How democratic education prepared me as city councillor



Head of Public Engagement and Democratic Governance, Public Agenda


Matt Leighninger leads Public Agenda’s work in public engagement and democratic governance, and directs the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment. Previously, Matt was the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), an alliance of major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public participation. Over the last twenty years, Matt has worked with public participation efforts in over 100 communities, in 40 states and four Canadian provinces. Matt serves on the boards of e-democracy.org, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2USA), The Democracy Imperative, and the Participatory Budgeting Project, and is a Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy.



Professor at Meiji University, Tokyo


YAMAWAKI Keizo is a professor of Meiji University, Tokyo. He specializes in migrant integration policy. He has advised numerous local governments as well as ministries of the national government in Japan. He is best known as the chair of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ committee which produced the first governmental report on migrant integration in the country. Since 2010, he has worked with the Council of Europe and the Japan Foundation to promote exchange of ideas and good practices in migrant integration between cities in Japan and Europe. In 2012-2013, he was based in Europe as a visiting fellow of the University of Oxford and that of the Migration Policy Group, Brussels.



Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Greece to the Council of Europe


Stelios Perrakis is Professor of International and European Institutions, Department of International, European and Area Studies at Panteion University (Athens). He is Founder and Director of the European Centre of Research and Training on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, Panteion University and holder of the UNESCO Chair “Democracy, human rights and peace”. From 1996-2000 he was Secretary General of European Affairs, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2002 he is member of the International Humanitarian Fact-finding Commission.

Lab 3 - Democratic Citizenship Education
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