Formal Education

The Formal Education Working Group (formerly 'School Curricula' Working Group)

In May 2005 the European Conference on Public Awareness and Development Education for North- South Solidarity approved a set of recommendations. This included awareness-raising and development development education being integrated into the curricula of the formal and informal educational systems throughout the current and future members of the EU.

DEEEP's bi-annual survey of development education in the EU shows that school curricula and the education of young people are priority areas of concern for development education practitioners throughout Europe. Some of the most effective project collaborations between NGOs in different countries have focused on work with schools and teachers, and the DE Forum recognizes a willingness of NGOs in all national platforms to share their experiences, ideas and expertise.

The group is chaired by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Head of Global Education Unit at the Future Worlds Center


Initial Teachers Training 2011

The group has worked  on a survey on Initial Teachers Training. The results are being analysed, and the outcomes will be shared through this website!


The Curriculum and DE survey 2009

In Spring 2009, the Working group on Formal Education revised the 2006 questionnaire and circulated accross National platforms.

Pete Davis analysed the answers, and prepared the report "DE and the School Curriculum".

Download the country questionnaires:

Belgium Bulgaria Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Germany Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Northern Ireland Poland Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Wales


    The Curriculum and DE Survey 2006

    In May 2006 the Working Group devised a questionnaire for EU Member States, to provide base-line information for comparing and assessing the application and integration of DE in School curricula in each country. The Survey was conducted through the offices of the national NGOs platforms and networks involved in the promotion of DE in the EU.

    Carole Coupez (Solidarité Laïque) and Pete Davies have collated the results onto 8 tables.

    The questionnaire was completed by representative agencies of 29 countries in Europe, and 2 in Asia. They also contributed to the consultation process that has followed.

    The results have revealed a wealth of information about similarities and differences in the status, practice and support for Development Education in the schools sector in different nation states of the EU. They also shed the light on the interpretation of DE, and how its its thematic content is defined and related to different subject areas. They also indicate the range of current priority issues for DE, and provide insights into the problems of an overloaded school system struggling to keep up with contemporary global events. The survey outlines the developing relationships between governments offices and institutions in the NGO/DE sector.

    It concludes with a sweeping view of weakness in national education systems regarding effective integration and recognition of the global dimension in school curricula and whole school practice.

    A small reminder...

    In the statement adopted at the November 2004 CONCORD General Assembly under Priority III: Life Long Education,

    Development Education (...) aims to work effectively with national education systems, school curricula, and youth organisations, to equip young people with the values, attitudes knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become informed, confident and active global citizens.


    The results from the here under surveys lead us to ask how far has each nation progressed towards achieving that goal, whether in the spirit of the intention, in curriculum policy, or in the collective recognition of the educational provisions necessary for every child-learning in an interdependent, insecure, rapidly "globalising" world?


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