The Citizenship and Lifelong Learning Monitor is SOLIDAR Foundation’s flagship publication, coming into its 6th edition and analysing policy developments linked to citizenship education and lifelong learning at EU level and across Europe. The 6th edition represents the last edition, considering that, since the Paris Declaration, there has been more work done at EU level with regards to strategic documents on citizenship education while the challenges ahead have also changed in scope. The different editions of the Monitor have reflected this by developing its building blocks, and as a conclusive edition, the Monitor will commence by looking at Education for Environmental Sustainability (EES) which is a subsection of Global Citizenship Education (GCE) - analysed in the previous Monitor edition. The reason for this is the ever increasing urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the impetus to promote EES at EU level.
To actualise green competences and for EES to be fully effective also to this end, learners require the civic space to act and to foster collective action by means of it. Consequently, the Monitor will consider the situation of the civic space, also compared to how it was when the Paris Declaration was published, to see whether learners truly can master civic competences. The Monitor will look into trends related to the openness of the civic space across Europe, taking into account also how the pandemic has impacted this, and providing good practice examples from the membership and the partners of SOLIDAR Foundation.
The research is based on eleven national reports from Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, North Macedonia, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain and the United Kingdom which are all feeding into the European Overview of the Monitor.