Ethnic Diversity and Citizenship Education in Greece

By Panagiotis Maniatis and Vassilios Pantazis.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Greece is a country which since the beginning of the 20th century, and especially in the decades ‘50 -’70, which gradually developed into a “host country” for immigrants. A number of international, political and economic changes and developments in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (such as collapse of the communist regimes, rise of nationalism in the Balkans) boosted the inflow of immigrants into Greece.
All the above have raised new data and new priorities. One element that arises in progress and transformation is the concept of citizenship (nationality). Phenomena like the world migration globalization, the political and economic aspects of globalization, the transnationalisation and finally the foundation of the European Union have led to the need of reconsidering all aspects of citizenship. The resulting basic issue concerns the educational management of the national and cultural diversity. The present paper examines the issue of Citizenship Education (CE) in the Greek schools, its contribution to the management of the diversity and the changes that are required, in order to help shaping citizens who are expected to live in a democratic and multicultural society.

Keywords: Citizenship Education, Intercultural Education, Cultural Diversity, Greece

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.121-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.234MB).

Dr. Panagiotis Maniatis

Teaching Staff, Department of Primary Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Dr. Vassilios Pantazis

Lecturer, Department of Pre-School Education, University of Thessaly, Athens, Greece


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