The training activities of the Pestalozzi Programme, and in particular the modules for trainer training, focus on learning-by-doing. The tangible results of this work are training and teaching resources for the major topical areas of concern of the Council of Europe in the field of education.              

Between the first and the second module the participating teacher trainers developed these training courses supported by feedback from their peers and their coaches before piloting them in real-life learning and teaching settings. After the second module the resources were revised, edited and prepared for online publication.

You are welcome to use these resources, to pass them on to other interested education professionals, to translate and/or to adapt them to your professional context. Most of them have been developed for a context of pre-service or in-service teacher training within the Pestalozzi modules for trainer training. However most of them can also be adapted to the use in the classroom.

Should you be interested in translating any of these into other languages please contact us and we will be delighted to include other language versions on this web space.

The resources are organised by series: click on the title in order to accede to the resources.


20 resources are available.

The aims and objectives of physical education and sports in general cover a wide array of physical, social and ethical concerns. The problem often lies in the lack of implementation of these aims in day-to-day practice. There is a need to share, describe and promote what “quality physical education” or what “a physically well educated person” is. Physical education and sport is still often an arena where violent and war-like language and images abound be it in everyday communication or through the media, where discrimination and stereotypes are common. And yet, physical education and sport have a potential, readily recognised in many places for the promotion and development of values such as human rights, human dignity and cooperation as well as a constructive, respectful attitude to oneself and to others. This training focused on the contribution of physical education and extra-curricular sports to personal development and these transversal aims of education. 

16 resources are available.

Sex and sexuality education (SexEd) is one of many factors that influence social, mental and physical health and well-being of individuals. Therefore SexEd is a part of human rights education, education for democratic citizenship and intercultural education. SexEd is about verbalising sex and sexuality without prejudice and stereotyping by using healthy discourse, building on understanding and respect for sexual diversity, working against taboos, violence and discrimination.

16 resources are available.                                                                       

The media environment has changed substantially over the past decades and the ability to use, communicate and interact in a responsible and critical yet beneficial way in this new social space is part and parcel of the competences needed to maintain and further develop our democratic societies.

16 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series The use of social media for democratic participation started in 2012. It was the twelve series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2013. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Antalya, Turkey with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Education.

12 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series Education for the prevention of discrimination started in 2011. It was the tenth series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2012. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Namur, Belgium with the support of the Ministry of Education of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.

14 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series Education for the prevention of violence started in 2011. It was the eleventh series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2012. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Madrid, Spain with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Education.

10 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series Pestalozzi Core knowledge, skills and attitudes for all teachers started in 2010. It was the ninth series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2011. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Larnaca, Cyprus with the support of the Cypriot Ministry of Education.

19 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series the Diversity of world views and world knowledge started in 2010. It was the eighth series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2011. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Graz, Austria with the support of the Austrian Ministry of Education.

14 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series on EDC Core competences for teachers started in 2009. It was the seventh series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2010. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Glyfada, Greece with the support of the Greek Ministry of Education.

5 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series on the prevention of crimes against humanity started in 2009. It was the sixth series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2010. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Cracow, Poland, with the support of the Polish Ministry of Education.

8 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series on media literacy development started in 2008. It was the fifth series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2009. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Sèvres, France, with the support of the French Ministry of Education.

6 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series on history teaching started in 2007. It was the fourth series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2008. The first module (Module A) took place in Budapest, Hungary, at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Loutraki, Greece, with the support of the Greek Ministry of Education.

10 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series on linguistic and cultural diversity started in 2007. It was the third series of the trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2008. The first module (Module A) took place in Budapest, Hungary, at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) again in Budapest, Hungary, with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Education. A third module took place in early 2009 in Cracow, Poland, with the support of the Polish Ministry of Education.

10 resources are available.                                                                        

The module series on intercultural education started in 2006. It was the second series of the new trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2007. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Oslo, Norway, with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Education.

 12 resources are available.

The module series on EDC/HRE started in 2006. It was the first series of the new trainer training scheme of the Pestalozzi Programme and was planned to last until spring/summer 2007. The first module (Module A) took place in Strasbourg at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe and the second module (Module B) in Brdo pri Kranju in Slovenia with the support of the Slovenian Ministry of Education and Sport.

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