The co-ordinators for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE co-ordinators) are officially appointed contact persons whose main tasks are to ensure that Council of Europe information on this topic is disseminated in the member states and to keep international partners informed of EDC/HRE developments in their countries. Most of the co-ordinators are representatives of ministries of education or public professional bodies.
International Contact Group on EDC/HRE
In 2011, the International Contact Group on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education was set up to ensure close co-operation among regional and international initiatives. It brings together the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); UNESCO; the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR); the European Commission; the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO); the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Council of Europe.
Network of the National Liaison Officers (NLOs) of the Pestalozzi Programme
Each signatory state to the European Cultural Convention appoints a National Liaison Officer, who is responsible for the Pestalozzi Programme in his or her country. NLOs are usually chosen from among central education authority or teacher training staff members. In order to share experiences, improve organisation and develop the Pestalozzi Programme, a plenary meeting of NLOs is held every two years.
ENIC/NARIC Network – Information centres for academic recognition and mobility
The Council of Europe and UNESCO established the ENIC (European Network of Information Centres in the European Region) Network in 1994 in order to develop joint policy and practice in all European countries for the recognition of qualifications. In addition, the ENIC Network plays a key role in the implementation of the Council of Europe/UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region adopted in Lisbon on 11 April 1997.
The ENIC Network co-operates very closely with the NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centres in the European Union) Network of the EU, and the networks hold joint annual meetings. All members of the NARIC Network are also members of the ENIC Network. In addition, the ENIC Network includes countries that are not part of the EU co-operation in education.
ETINED Platform – Ethics, transparency and integrity in education
The ETINED Platform is a network of specialists appointed by the States Party to the European Cultural Convention. Its core mission is to exchange information and best practices on ethics and integrity in education, with special attention to the fight against corruption and fraud in education and research.
Ad hoc Advisory Group on Higher Education
The purpose of the ad hoc group is to advise member states on issues related to higher education policy in close connection with the priorities of the Council of Europe programme.
European Wergeland Centre
The European Wergeland Centre is a European resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship. It was established through co-operation between Norway and the Council of Europe and was inaugurated in Oslo on 29 May 2009.