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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.

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The website « Learning and Living Democracy » aims to provide an overview of the Council of Europe activities in the field of Citizenship and Human Rights Education, which the Organisation aims to support by facilitating exchange and cooperation among its member states, based on the principles and objectives of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.