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Signposts – Policy and practice for teaching about religions and non-religious world views in intercultural education

cover of the signposts bookHow can the study of religions and non-religious world views contribute to intercultural education in schools in Europe?
An important recommendation from the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)12 on the dimension of religions and non-religious convictions within intercultural education) aimed to explain the nature and objectives of this form of education. Signposts goes much further by providing advice to policy makers, schools (including teachers, senior managers and governors) and teacher trainers on tackling issues arising from the recommendation.
Taking careful account of feedback from education officials, teachers and teacher trainers in Council of Europe member states, Signposts gives advice...More information

A new Council of Europe Platform on Ethics Education

The Council of Europe is launching a new initiative to promote more ethics, transparency and integrity in education.
The ETINED Platform was launched in Prague on 1 October with the participation of the Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Katerina Valachová and the Council’s Director General of Democracy Snežana Samardžic-Markovic.
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Competences for Democratic Culture

Invitation to take part in testing descriptors.
Following consultation with international experts on the Model of Competences (see Focus), the Education Department now welcomes feedback from education professionals at all levels on descriptors for these competences. You can do this by completing a questionnaire through the link below. This questionnaire is available in English, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish. By answering this questionnaire, you will be contributing to the development of a framework of reference for democratic culture that will be available for use in educational planning and teaching in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. We estimate that it will take you about 45 minutes. Whether teacher, teacher trainer, lecturer, curriculum designer or education policy maker your participation will be greatly appreciated. ( More )

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Tackling today’s challenges together:
Failure at School

FACTS: An average of 12% of pupils and students drop out of school or training every year in Europe* and many more fail to reach their academic potential.


Tackling today’s challenges together:
Teaching controversial issues

FACTS: Controversial issues vary from country to country and change over time.

They include: migration and refugees, sex education, crucifixes in schools, Islamic headscarves, child abuse and austerity measures. [More]

Tackling today's challenges together:

FACTS AND FIGURES: Pupils bullied at school at least twice a month
  • 13% of 11-year-olds
  • 12% of 13-year-olds
  • 9% of 15-year-olds
Four in ten young people who replied to a Council of Europe survey reported feeling personally attacked or threatened by online hate speech. [More]
Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation
Mission, Roles and Responsibilities
Rooted in the European Cultural Convention, the mission of Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation is to develop democracy, human rights and the rule of law through education and youth policy and practice.
The programmes focus on the emerging generation, enabling children and young people to become engaged and responsible European citizens who advocate human rights and participate fully in democratic life.
What do we do?
Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights (EDC/HRE)
EDC/HRE is a set of practices and activities for equipping young people and adults to play an active part in democratic life and exercise their rights and responsibilities in society.

Explore and Act for Human Rights
This project initially intended to enable European secondary school students to become familiar with the key principles of European law relating to human rights and to understand how the European Court of Human Rights and other important CoE monitoring bodies.

Higher Education and Research
The work of the Council of Europe in the field of higher education and research focuses on issues related to the recognition of qualifications, public responsibility for higher education and research, higher education governance and other fields relevant for the establishment of the European Higher Education.

Training of Education Professionals (Pestalozzi Programme)
The PESTALOZZI Programme is the Council of Europe training programme for the professional development of teachers and education actors.

Language Policy
The aim of the various projects in this programme is to develop language education policies (including reference instruments) for a plurilingual and intercultural education not only in the field of teaching/learning foreign languages and the languages of schooling, but also for the language education of adult migrants.
History Teaching
Work in the field of history teaching, both in intergovernmental projects or through bilateral and regional cooperation focuses on issues:
- related to the content of history textbooks to eliminate prejudice;
- on the modernisation of teaching programmes and curricula;
- and on teacher training.

Education of Roma Children in Europe
The key to a better future lies in the education of Roma children.
This Council of Europe Project aims at the implementation of the Recommendations 2000(4) and 2009(4) on the education of Roma children in Europe.
Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education
The Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education is framed by two Committee of Ministers Resolutions, namely Resolution (71) 44 on Conferences of specialised ministers and Resolution (89) 40 on the future role of the Council of Europe in European construction.
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