“Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Project” brought together some 200 key stakeholders at its Launching Event in Rixos Hotel Ankara. The three year project (6.1 million Euros) is being implemented in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and the Board of Education in 20 pilot schools in 10 provinces throughout Turkey. In his opening address, Education Minister Ömer Dinçer said the overhaul of the curriculum would be an “important step toward strengthening [education on] human rights, democracy and equal opportunity for men and women.” (full speech) EU Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert announced that the budget allocated for the project was one of the largest in Europe in this realm, adding that “teaching democracy and human rights in school is an important part of creating a democratic society”. (full speech) The Head of the Council of Europe’s Education Department, Sjur Bergan, emphasized that democratic citizenship and human rights education cannot be reduced to a subject but should be considered as a whole school approach - not a subject studied for 2 hours a week but a set of attitudes and behaviours that follow us 24 hours a day. (full speech).
The launching event received wide media coverage.