Education plays an essential role in the promotion of the core values of the Council of Europe: democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as in the prevention of human rights violations. More generally, education is increasingly seen as a defence against the rise of violence, racism, extremism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance.

This growing awareness is reflected in the adoption of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education by the Organisation’s 47 member states in the framework of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)7.

The Charter is an important reference point for all those dealing with citizenship and human rights education. It provides a focus and catalyst for action in the member states. It is also a way of disseminating good practice and raising standards throughout Europe and beyond.

  In this interview, Yulia Pererva, Programme Manager, Education Policy Division talks about the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education explaining its aims and the latest developments relating to its implementation.  View video

Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)7 (official texts)

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1 All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo


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Human rights and democracy start with us - Charter for all

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The brochure for children explores the principles of human rights and democracy, what we can all do to make them possible, and how education can be of help.

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The State of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe