Did You know that Warsaw has been a member of EUROCITIES since 2002? EUROCITIES was founded in 1986 by the mayors of six large cities: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam. Today, we bring together the local governments of over 135 of Europe's largest cities and over 45 partner cities, that between them govern 130 million citizens across 39 countries.

There are two types of activities within the EUROCITIES network: member cities are involved in the decision-making process and management of the organization as well as participate in various thematic forums and different working groups. http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/home

The education working group has recently gathered for a meeting in Munich, 8-10 November 2017. Due to the close cooperation with the City of Warsaw the European House of Youth Meetings had the opportunity to participate in this extremely inspiring workshop. We are looking forward to the next meeting in May 2018 in Tallinn.

During the common part of the meeting in Munich, 19 cities had the opportunity to present the most important current themes and challenges concerning education. Warsaw is currently struggling with two major problems - the lack of young teaching staff in schools and the growing xenophobic attitude within society, especially among young people.

For the main part of the meeting the participants split into four 10-person groups and visited various educational institutions (e.g. Center for Informal Education - Bildungs Lokale). The workshop adopted the Critical Friend Review method (CFR), which clearly defines the role of each member of the group, allows for their strong involvement in topic discussions, and ensures productivity of their work. The outcome of the CFR method is the formulation of specific recommendations for the visited institutions.

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