European Cultural Convention 1954-2014

"Culture: Heart and Soul of Democracy"

European Cultural ConventionStrengthening citizenship among young people

The European Cultural Convention, which today links the 47 member States of the Council of Europe and the non-member Belarus, the Holy See and Kazakhstan, was opened for signature in Paris on 19 December 1954, To celebrate the 60th anniversary, the Council of Europe highlights the significant practical progress achieved over the years in many areas of cultural co-operation, particularly the important contributions towards the appreciation and democratic management of diversity.

One important area of co-operation is the promotion of democratic competences, citizenship and human rights education. To support this, the Council of Europe and its member States have developed political standards (recommendations), networks of practitioners and practical tools like school manuals and educational material to be used in formal and non-formal education.

To find more information:

- On the "Youth Peace Ambassadors" project
- On training for European youth work with youth organisations and initiatives
- On the Pestalozzi teacher training programmes promoting democratic competences in the classroom
- On education for democratic citizenship and human rights
- On the European Cultural Convention
- On the work of the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation


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