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News - 30/10/2014

Informal regional ministerial conference in Baku

On October 22 – 23, Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe organized the fourth informal regional conference of Ministers of Education on the Implementation of the European Higher Education Area. The conference was a part of the programme of Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (May – November 2014) and was opened by the Minister of Education of Azerbaijan, Dr Mikayl Chingiz oğlu Jabbarov, and gathered the Deputy Ministers of Education of Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Georgia, the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan as well as ministry representatives from Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. The European Students Union and the European Training Foundation were also represented and the Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Malena Mård, spoke at the opening session.
The conference focused on the implementation of the goals and policies of the European Higher Education Area in the participating countries, in particular qualifications frameworks, quality assurance and transparency/ethics in education.

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“Combating Gender Stereotypes in and through Education” - 2nd National Focal Points Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 9-10 October 2014

Helsinki Place

Education is a recognised basic human right and the promotion of gender equality in education is a prerequisite to the achievement of de facto equality between women and men in all spheres of life. The Gender Equality Commission has defined non-stereotyped education and gender mainstreaming throughout the education system as one of its key priorities. This issue has also been taken on board by the Council of Europe in its Strategy on Gender Equality and will be the focus of the 2nd annual conference of the National Focal Points. Conference website

Summer Academy: Anniversary Conference

In view of the 5th anniversary of the Summer Academy «Democracy at School», the Council of Europe, the National Ministry of Education Poland, the Centre for Education Development and the European Wergeland Centre are jointly organizing a conference going to take place in Warsaw/ Poland, 5-7 October.

Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines

Two regional training seminars to disseminate the results of the project "Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines" will be organised 6-8 October in Tallinn (Estonia) and 23-24 October in Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Recognition : a blossom spring

Recognition of qualification is a central item of the Council of Europe Higher Education Policy as the joint Council of Europe/ Unesco Convention is the only international legal instrument on the subject.
At the end of February, the Bureau of the Lisbon Recognition convention met in Tallinn to develop its working plan for 2014-2016 (link with the LRC).
On a daily base, the recognition centres members of the ENIC NARIC networks dealt with the applications of thousands of students, of people who ask for a fair recognition of their qualifications. In March, the bureau of the ENIC and Advisory board of the NARIC will meet in Rome to prepare the annual meeting to be held in beginning of July. In the same period a new web site will be launched (link with the ENIC NARIC site)

Features - lat update: 13/10/2014
Trainer training courses 2014-2015 (Module series).

  • Physical education and sport for democracy and human rights. A Module - Strasbourg, France
    21 to 24 October 2014

  • This European training course for trainers will be organised by the Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe and the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). They propose to implement a project on how values of the Council of Europe such as tolerance, intercultural understanding, diversity etc. can be promoted in school sport (Physical Education lessons and extra-curricular school sport).
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    • 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.

    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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