In an increasingly complex world in which more or less radical changes take place at all levels of social life, we need to re-think education. The sustainability of the objectives and of the content of education have to be put to the test,
teachers’ role, the teaching process and school as a learning organisation must be reoriented.
The conference will highlight the importance of education for preparing our youth for a life as democratic citizens in diverse democratic societies, for their future world of work and for the development of their personality.
It will focus in particular on the implications this has for the image and ethos of teaching profession, the competences of teachers and their day-to-day practices. In this context, what is the role of the beliefs of teachers,
of parents and of the public in general regarding what education - good education - is and which outcomes it ought to produce? The conference will also discuss a Manifesto for Teachers of the 21st century to serve as inspiration,
orientation and guidance for teachers and also for all those concerned by education: children, parents, teachers, schools, (local) authorities, civil society and society as a whole. Last but not least, the conference will explore
what future actions can be envisaged to support this change of mind-sets, of policies and practices in cooperation and partnership with all stakeholders.
The conference is organised by the Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe (DG II) and the Education and Culture Commission of the Conference of International non-governmental organisations (INGO) at the Council of Europe in cooperation with partners (Centre européen Robert Schuman, the European Wergeland Centre, Landesakademie für Fortbildung und Personalentwicklung an Schulen in Baden Württemberg, Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Rheinland Pfalz.
Children at the Centre of Education
On the day before the conference – 23 April 2014 - the second Janusz-Korczak Seminar organised by the Polish authorities and the Education Department of the Council of Europe will take place. The series of seminars is intended to highlight the importance of pedagogical approaches for the development of competences for democracy and human rights.
Please find the draft programme here:
Children at the centre of education
Who we are?
The PESTALOZZI Programme is the Council of Europe programme for the professional development of teachers and education actors.