Following the call for proposals released on 10 May via the network of co-ordinators on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education, who are officially nominated representatives of the states party to the European Cultural Convention for the liaison with the Council of Europe in this area, the Advisory Board set up in the framework of the Pilot Project Scheme selected the 3 following project proposals:
Pilot Project 1: Travel Pass to Democracy: Supporting Teachers in Preparing Students for Active Citizenship
The project will focus on Article 9. Training and involve Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro and Romania.
Pilot Project 2: Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education: Diversity of Approaches.
Belarus, Georgia, Lithuania and the Russian Federation have designed their concept on Article 13. Skills for promoting social cohesion, valuing diversity and handling differences and conflict.
Pilot Project 3: Three Country Audit of the Lower Secondary EDC/HRE Curriculum
Ireland, Finland and France will conduct an analysis on Article 6. Formal general and vocational education (curricula) in their respective educational systems.
The various groups of partner countries will have 5 months to implement their projects and produce results which will contribute to the development of sustainable mechanisms of promotion of citizenship and human rights education.
Inspired by the Swiss-Ukrainian authorities’ initiative which organised in 2011 – 2012 two study visits for decision makers and education professionals in order to exchange and share information on the implementation of the principles and objectives of the Council of Europe Charter on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education, the Council of Europe and the European Commission initiated a pilot project scheme on “Human rights and democracy in action” in May 2013. This programme which intends to contribute to the development of sustainable mechanisms of promotion of citizenship and human rights education is based on pilot projects involving at least two and up to five states party to the European Cultural Convention, including at least one member state to the European Union. The goal of the pilot projects is to document all existing forms of promotion of citizenship and human rights education in the participating countries.