The Council of Europe has adopted a biennial Programme and Budget, proposed by the Secretary General and approved by the Committee of Ministers, since 2012. The Programme and Budget divides the Organisation’s standard setting, monitoring and co- operation activities into three pillars: human rights, rule of law and democracy. It sets out agreed priori- ties and objectives and lists the resources needed to achieve them. It explains the Organisation’s Ordinary Budget and its extra-budgetary resources.
Competences for democratic culture - Living together as equals in culturally diverse democratic societies
Contemporary societies within Europe face many challenges, including declining levels of voter turnout in elections, increased distrust of politicians, high levels of hate crime, intolerance and prejudice towards minority ethnic and religious groups, and increasing levels of support for violent extremism. These challenges threaten the legitimacy of democratic institutions and peaceful co-existence within Europe.
Formal education is a vital tool that can be used to tackle these challenges. Appropriate educational input and practices can boost democratic engagement, reduce intolerance and prejudice, and decrease support for violent extremism. However, to achieve these goals, educationists need a clear understanding of the democratic competences that should be targeted by the curriculum.
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An adventure album for kids of 6 to 10 years presenting the activities of the Council of Europe.
Ready for take-off? You have been summoned for an adventure across Greater Europe! Travel from galaxy to galaxy, learning about the different activities of the Council of Europe. Will you be able to solve the riddles and find the twelve stars which will allow you to deliver the secret message…?