Seminar for the Pestalozzi Network of Trainers

20-21 November 2008, Oslo

The Pestalozzi Network of Trainers met for the first time on 20 and 21 November in Oslo. The meeting was organised in cooperation with the European Wergeland Centre, a recently set up European resource centre for education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship, and it took place at Oslo University College.

The main aim of the meeting was to look back at the work done over the past two years and to discuss ways forward, in particular

To reflect on the work done in the modules, during the training experiences in trainers’ contexts, etc

To present the developed training resources, discussing the future use of a bank of resources.

To create a shared vision of our community of practice and a focus on our competence in being actors of change.

To explore possible developments of the training programme and future activities of the network

The programme was organised and moderated by the General Rapporteur of the Pestalozzi Module Series, Ms Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, together with four trainers from the network: Hulda Karen Danielsdottir, Liutauras Degesys, Richard Harris, and Chrystalla Kalogyrou.

The seminar gathered about 70 teacher trainers and education professionals from over 30 countries who participated in the trainer modules over the past two years and stayed actively involved after the first phase of the training. The network also includes teachers and teacher trainers from the Southern Mediterranean who participate in our training activities thanks to a cooperation agreement with the Anna-Lindh Foundation.

After a critical and appreciative look back at the work done in the four module series which have been organised up to now, the participants focused on identifying possible ways forward and recommendations related to different areas:

Contributions to the Pestalozzi programme of training activities in 2009 and the work of the Education Directorate of the Council of Europe

Cooperation within and beyond the Pestalozzi Programme (with other networks and associations, with the European Wergeland Centre, the Anna-Lindh Foundation, etc)

Further developing provisions for the recognition and/or certification of the training, further developing the structure and theoretical underpinnings of the programme (content, methodology and competences development)

Reflection on a future community of practice: education professionals as actors of change

The report on the outcome of this seminar will be available soon and the recommendations will be very useful in the preparations for the programme of activities for the year 2009.

The transversality of the competences which the training modules seek to develop was one of the key issues addressed in all the discussions. Despite a thematic focus of each module series i.e. Education for Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights Education, Intercultural Education, History Teaching, Education for Diversity, Media Literacy based on Human Rights, it becomes very clear that a non-negligable part of the competences to develop are similar or the same for each of the thematic groups.

One could speak of a common core of competences which ALL teachers of ALL subject areas need to develop as a basic requirement for educationalists in today’s societies. If we share the vision of sustainable democratic societies based on the values and principles the Council of Europe stands for, it could be that it will only be possible to develop the necessary competences in all students and pupils if we accept that all education professionals have a role to play and a contribution to make to this process.

Programme of the Seminar
List of participants