25th Session of the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education
[20/04/2016]“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
How 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.
A new Council of Europe Platform on Ethics Education
Initiative to promote more ethics, transparency and integrity in 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.
Factsheets on education: click on the picture to see "our vision" and on the titles to see all the others factsheets
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.
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.
More 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.
More 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.
of Education Professionals (Pestalozzi Programme) The PESTALOZZI
Programme is the Council of Europe training programme for the professional
development of teachers and education actors.
More 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.
MoreHistory 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.
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.