|Editor||A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship|
One of the important roles of education is a development of citizenship, not just in its formal aspects, but above all through encouraging peoples' practical involvement in democratic processes at all levels. Students need to become good national as well as global citizens able to participate in the democratic processes by taking appropriate actions. European citizenship should not replace or exclude national citizenship or identity, but complete it. European cultural and educational model(s) should emphasize the cooperation, but should not forget the national specificities and differences. Different values and ideas have to be lived or at least felt, not only heard or taught about. Intercultural approach (as challenge for the new education) doesn't mean that one should give to the foreigners the cultural competences of the natives, but to make them understand, tolerate and accept the differences. Tolerance and acceptance of the other are an exceptionally demanding concept. We think that the educational institutions at all levels should promote empathy, solidarity, collaboration, knowledge about and respect towards different cultures.