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Charter for All

"Democracy and Human Rights Start with Us – Charter for All" explains the Council of Europe Charter on Citizenship and Human Rights Education in a fun and friendly way. This publication includes a brochure for children, guidelines for educators and a poster. An exhibition is also available entitled “Democracy and Human Rights start with Us” which highlights the key messages of the “Charter for All”. (more)

Education plays an essential role in the promotion of the core values of the Council of Europe: democracy, human rights and the rule of law, as well as in the prevention of human rights violations. More generally, education is increasingly seen as a defense against the rise of violence, racism, extremism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance. This growing awareness is reflected in the adoption of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education by the Organisation’s 47 member states in the framework of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)7.


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.