The 'Circle' - for future development

In 2011 DAEA invited 9 professors, politicians and opinion formers to create a “circle” and discuss the values and future strategy for non-formal and informal AE.

Among them were the present Minister of Culture Ms. Marianne Jelved. Their discussions resulted in a book with14 articles and 8 recommendations.

The 8 recommendations are:

 

  1. Non-formal and informal AE is one of the pillars of democracy. It is its task to support active citizenship.

  2. Non-formal and informal AE must contribute to the strengthening of the European identity and citizenship of the Danish people.

  3. Non-formal and informal AE must enable people to have a global outlook and international solidarity and to become global citizens.

  4. Non-formal and informal AE must challenge that type of community cohesion which excludes minorities and creates a mono-culture. And it must strengthen the type of cohesion which is based on active, disagreeing and debating citizens.

  5. Non-formal and informal AE must be in the front to create a society based on opinions and views rather than economic calculation.

  6. Non-formal and informal AE must provide knowledge, skills and insights empowering people to become active citizens.

  7. Non-formal and informal AE must challenge the monopoly of the elite in the public debate.

  8. Non-formal and informal AE must create “committing communities” within civil society.

DAEA's response to the recommendations

  • AL for all

  • We are also Europeans

  • Courage and ability to express your opinion and take part in debates

  • Necessary skills and competences