European Modules

February 2010 (revised in May 2011)



The European Module Series are directed at trainers working in the field of education and wishing to improve their knowledge and to develop their skills in the priority fields of the Council of Europe, namely, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The modules offer a unique experience in a stimulating international environment which gathers trainers coming from across Europe and beyond1.

The training includes 5 phases at the end of which the participants will be invited to submit a proposal of educational training materials that they will have designed, tested and improved throughout the course. Participants are expected to invest about 120-150 hours to accomplish the training which is spread over 12 to 18 months.

While European political leaders have recognised the school as a major actor regarding the transmission of democratic values, the respect of human rights and the building of the rule of law, it is however difficult to develop meaningful and appropriate educational materials and resources adapted to the realities of European teachers. More precisely, the European Modules aim to:

General approach
The work is based on three main pillars:

A flexible five step approach
The training programme is based on a flexible approach that allows participants to pursue their various activities while continuing the programme. The Module Series spreads over nearly 18 months and consists of five steps in which only two (Module A and B) require the participants to travel across Europe. For the other steps of the training, participants are free to carry out their collaborative work according to their priorities and agenda but within the time limits set by the programme. For that purpose, exchanges between participants are facilitated by a social networking platform.

Thematic planning
The themes for the module series together with their specific focus are decided by the Secretariat of the Pestalozzi Programme after consultation with the relevant units in the Education directorate. Since 2006, 7 themes have been explored:

Four Module series will take up the following themes:
In 2010/2011

In 2011/2012

Facilitators’ team
Each module series is supported by a team of facilitators selected by the Secretariat after a Call for Trainers and consists of 3 expert trainers selected on the base of their theoretical knowledge, practical experiences and competences in training.

Target group and profile
Participants should come from a pre-service or in-service training context of formal or non-formal education. More precisely, the programme favours the participation of:

Participants have to demonstrate their experience and their interest in the theme of the Module series. They also need to be competent users of at least one of the two official languages of the Council of Europe: English or French.

Nomination of participants
The Modules are designed for a maximum total of 55 participants:

Travel and accommodation
For participants coming from the 50 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention travel and accommodation costs are covered by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the authorities of the country hosting one of the modules. For participants coming from Southern Mediterranean countries the costs are covered by their respective sending organisation.
Certification and recognition of participation
The participants receive two certificates. The first one at the end of Module A is to certify that they are participating in the module series on the chosen theme. The reason for this is that an official certification of their participation can help to justify the amount of time and work they invest in this collaborative work under the umbrella of the Council of Europe.

The second certificate after Module B certifies the completion of the training programme including information on the duration and intensity of the training.

Pestalozzi Network of trainers
Trainers who have completed a training cycle and who are interested in staying actively involved in the work of the Pestalozzi Programme form the Pestalozzi Network of Trainers and are asked to participate in the work of Programme in different ways:

How to participate
Candidates interested in participating in a module series are invited to contact their National Liaison Officer (NLO)2. The NLO, in consultation with the member of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Education is in charge of nominating their national candidate.

1 From the 50 signatory states of the European Cultural Convention and from southern Mediterranean countries.

2 A list of NLOs can be found on