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The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award goes to Turkish initiative “Generation Democracy”

Strasbourg, 05.11.2014 – The Council of Europe today, during the closing session of the World Forum for Democracy, awarded its Democracy Innovation Award to Generation Democracy. The prize is a reward for efforts to get citizens more involved in public life and the democratic process. (more...)


Democracy and Human Rights in School: A Series of Five Animations

On 21 October, the animations "Democracy and Human Rights in School" will be launched at the margins of the meeting on “Think Global – Act Local: Education for Democracy”. The animations show in an accessible and entertaining way what democracy and human rights mean to young people today, and how they can help to address violence and exclusion at school. The animations were developed with active participation of children from all over Europe, and the high level of interest in this initiative shows its relevance for the general public (more...)

Turkey: Launching the Democratic School Framework

On 23 October 2014, a launching event in Ankara will bring together students, teachers, school principals and ministry representatives. The participants will discuss the results of the piloting and future implementation of the Democratic School Culture Competences Framework. The event which will be opened by Prof. Dr Nabi AVCI, the Minister of National Education. (more...)

International Contact Group meets in Paris

On 7-8 October 2014 the International Contact Group on citizenship and human rights education will meet in Paris. The participants will discuss current challenges and opportunities in the area of education for democracy and human rights, share information about the on-going activities and future strategies of the partner institutions, and will continue to develop synergies and cooperation through a number of selected initiatives, in particular in the framework of the the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education. (more...)

Summer Academy: Anniversary Conference

In view of the 5th anniversary of the Summer Academy «Democracy at School», the Council of Europe, the National Ministry of Education Poland, the Centre for Education Development and the European Wergeland Centre are jointly organizing a conference going to take place in Warsaw/ Poland, 5-7 October (more...)

Side event at the UN Human Rights Council

A public side event will be held in Geneva on 10 September 2014, 13:00 to 15:00, in parallel with the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, to launch the web resource "The Right to Human Rights Education". This resource is a compilation of full texts and provisions of international and regional instruments which highlight commitments made by States with regard to human rights education and training. (more...)

Think Global – Act Local: Education for Democracy

Serious human rights violations including corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe, according to a report published by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in May 2014. Unemployment and poverty in many countries are nurturing extremism and conflicts. The report represents the first consolidated analysis of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe, based on the findings of the Council of Europe’s monitoring bodies. The report points out in particular “The member States widely supported the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, adopted in 2010. However, two years after its adoption, one third of countries had not yet begun its implementation. In many cases, this results from a lack of financial support due to the economic crisis. However, we often see political prioritization on “education for employability”. If this is not balanced with education on democratic citizenship, it can promote a concept of students as a labour force, rather than as active citizens”. (more...)

Supporting citizenship and human rights education in Kazakhstan

23-24 June 2014. Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan - 25-26 June 2014 Karaganda, Kazakhstan

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Piloting of materials on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE) took place on 23-24 June 2014 in school N198 in Kyzylorda. This event was organized within the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe Joint Programme “Supporting education policies in democratic citizenship and human rights education in Kazkahstan”, which was launched on 20-21 September 2013 in Astana. (more...)

Call for Schools to include Activities and Lessons concerning Vulnerable Children

Schools should include activities and lessons about and with children in all types of vulnerable situations, including those from minority groups, from refugee, internally displaced or migrant families, those with absent parents and those who are disabled or are from homes without the resources to pay for proper meals. This is part of a package of proposals put forward by education experts specialising in human rights and citizenship education at their last meeting, run by the Council of Europe in Baku, in the framework of Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (14 May - 13 November 2014). (more...)

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