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Sjur Bergan invited by Graz International Summer school Seggau

Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department of the Council of Europe, was invited by Graz International Summer school Seggau to hold a speech on "Higher education and democracy in Europe and North America", followed by a question and answer session with the students.
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Competences for Democratic Culture

Invitation to take part in testing descriptors from July to mid-September 2015
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, Russian, Georgian, Italian, Romanian and Spanish. German and Serbian will be added shortly. 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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"Pedagogy makes the difference" - Third Summer School of the Pestalozzi Programme.

The third Summer School of the Pestalozzi Programme in cooperation with the Academy of Bad Wildbad took place from 28 June – 5 July 2015 in Bad Wildbad, Germany. [More]

Beat Bullying

  • We can all do something to banish bullying:

Bullying in schools is a worldwide problem that damages the general school climate and infringes pupils’ right to learn in a safe, unthreatening environment. The solutions require effort, but are neither costly nor legally complex.  Whole-school human rights and citizenship education programmes bring everyone together to combat bullying, giving pupils as well as teachers, parents and school staff an important role to play.

What shows that you are interculturally competent?

The Intercultural Cities Programme and the Pestalozzi Programme are launching a new web application optimised for smartphones and tablets.
[More] Direct link to the application
Who are we?
The Council of Europe presents an Education programme centred on the overarching principles and priorities of the Council of Europe which draws on a variety of traditional as well as newer mechanisms and working methods in making our vision of education an operational reality.

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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