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How to talk about terrorism

Closing down conversations closes minds.Olivier Hoslet/EPA "This is no time for taboos in the classroom" By Thorbjørn Jagland, Sayeeda Warsi and Francesco Ragazzi

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Closing down conversations closes minds. | Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Inclusive Study of Religions and World Views in Schools: Signposts from the Council of Europe

cover of the signposts articleThis article outlines some issues in incorporating the study of religions, together with non-religious world views, into the curricula of publicly funded schools in Western democratic states.
Attention is given to examples from work on this topic conducted within the Council of Europe since 2002, with a particular focus on:
Signposts (see below the "news" with all language versions) – Policy and practice for teaching about religions and non-religious world views in intercultural education.




“Freedom(s) – Learning activities for secondary schools on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights”

cover page of the publicationThe publication “Freedom(s) – Learning activities for secondary schools on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights” (2015) presents 12 learning activities based on landmark decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. This publication is available for free on PDF format in more than seven languages!






25th Session of the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education

cover page of the competences publication“Securing democracy through education” The development of a Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture” - Brussels, 11-12 April 2016
About the conference:
In line with the Action Plan adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 19 May 2015, it is proposed that the theme of the Ministerial Conference be "Securing democracy through education” The development of a Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture” and that possible solutions, based on the principles of the Council of Europe, to the challenges in implementing citizenship education at national, European and global levels are put forward.

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?
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.



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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Platform on Ethics Education
The ETINED Platform was launched in Prague on 1 October 2015 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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