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03/03/2014: Pestalozzi Summer school 2014 - “Promoting Participation” 28 June – 6 July 2014

You can now apply for participation in the next Summer School of the Pestalozzi Programme. Applications are possible until 23 March 2014.

25/10/2013: Info Workshops

  • The final report of the Pestalozzi workshop "Evaluation of intercultural competence" hold in Oslo, Norway from 9 to 13 of September is available on our "Documents and reports" page here.

  • The final report of the Pestalozzi workshop "Democracy in basic education" hold in Helsinki, Finland from 1 to 3 of October is also available on our "Documents and reports" page here.

  • A short report supported by pictures of the Pestalozzi workshop on Education for Democracy: Turning Challenges into Opportunities which took place in Ljubljana at the end of June 2013 is available. More info...

  • 01/08/2013: Pestalozzi Programme and the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS)

  • The Pestalozzi Programme and the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) have decided to cooperate on activities which address the issue of how the values of the Council of Europe such as tolerance, intercultural understanding, diversity etc. can be promoted in and through school sport. To develop this project idea further, a number of experts met on 9-10 September 2013 to explore and identify the most promising actions to take. We will keep you informed about future developments.

  • 29/10/2013: Comic strip competition

  • Are you interested in "Democracy and Human Rights at School"? Why not enter our competition and see your work on display? Get involved and design a comic strip on "Democracy and Human Rights at School".

  • More info here.

  •  25/11/2013: Call for trainers “Promoting Participation”:

  • The next Summer School, organised in cooperation with the Academy of Bad Wildbad, is coming up and we are looking for a team of up to 8 trainers to plan, prepare and run this Summer School from 28 June to 6 July 2014 together with us which will take place at the Academy of Bad Wildbad. More info...
    30/07/2013: Pestalozzi Summer school

    The first Summer School of the Pestalozzi Programme in cooperation with the Academy of Bad Wildbad (Baden-Württemberg) took place from 30 June - 7 July 2013. Participants' feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
    A full report is forthcoming. In the meantime here is a brief spotlight [More]

    12/04/2013: Teaching and education challenges of the 21st century

    Following the Council of Europe conference (OING), Commission of Education and Culture has prepared a survey dedicated to European teachers, dealing with teaching and education challenges of the 21st century.

    It is in this context that a questionnaire was developed to obtain the opinion of up European teachers. More than a hundred interviews have been conducted and we thank you warmly. A big congratulations to countries rallied strongly ! But it is not enough. We still need answers from all European countries.

    More information and link to the questionnaire to fill out online

    13/01/2013: Training activities 2013

    The training activities of the Pestalozzi Programme for 2013 are online as from today. In cooperation with our partners in our member states we can offer a wide range of training opportunities for education professionals across Europe on and around the major aspects of education for democracy: citizenship, human rights, diversity, languages, the prevention of violence and discrimination, responsible behaviour in the social space, to name but a few.

  • Click on the picture to access to the schedule of activities of the Pestalozzi programme for 2013

  • Intercultural competence for all Intercultural competence for all - Preparation for living in a heterogeneous world (Pestalozzi series n°2) (2012)

    Education which helps citizens live together in our diverse societies is a matter of urgency. We all need to develop the ability to understand each other across all types of cultural barriers; this is a fundamental prerequisite for making our diverse democratic societies work. This publication looks at the development of intercultural competence as a key element of mainstream education.

    More information

    Download this publication (pdf format)

    Download the 1st publication - (Teacher education for change - The theory behind the Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme (Pestalozzi series n°1) (2011)

    30/08/2013: Module series info - Final report

    Use of Social Media for Democratic Participation
    Trainer training module series - 2012/2013

    The final report is available on our "Documents and reports" page here

    13/05/2013: Pestalozzi dissemination activities

    The information about dissemination and networking activities was collected from all over Europe by the Cascading team of the Pestalozzi online community of practice: Ildikó Lázár, Corinne Dussau, José Luis Martinez Garcia and Vivian Paraskevi Chiona.
    Link to the document (pdf format).

    Review of “Teacher education for change” by Daniel H. Jarvis in the International Review of Education.
    Edited by Josef Huber and Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, Teacher education for change: The theory behind the Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme features a compilation of 11 papers written by a group of international scholars.

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  • "Recognising intercultural competence: What shows that I am interculturally competent?"

    We invite you to test a new, draft tool to support you on the way to a fuller understanding of yourself in the context of diversity. It was developed in a long process coordinated by the Pestalozzi Programme and the Intercultural Cities project of the Council of Europe and the European Wergeland Centre.


    02/05/2013: Third Forum on intercultural learning and exchange

    The contribution of exchange to intercultural learning for educational institutions, October 2012, Vienna, Austria. The Head of the Pestalozzi Programme was invited to speak about the work of the Education Department of the Council of Europe in the field of intercultural education and in particular on guidelines for the development of intercultural competence in education focusing on teacher education.
    The paper was published in the current issue of “Intercultura” (pp. 10 - 12).
    29/04/2013: European Modules 2012/2014.

  • Respect - Responsible attitudes and behaviour in the virtual social space.

  • The team of facilitators and the Secretariat from Pestalozzi Programme and the European Youth Foundation are meeting for two days (29th -30th April) in order to prepare this new module series that will be a first-time cooperation within the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation of the Council of Europe. More info…

    The NLOs of the Pestalozzi Programme will nominate participants from teacher training and from adult education before June 2013 (how to participate).

    The participants from the youth sector are identified by the European Youth Foundation following a call for participants

    Latvia flag 15th Meeting of the Network of National Liaison Officers (NLO) of the Pestalozzi Programme.

    the 15th plenary meeting of the NLO network took place in Riga, Latvia from 22 to 23 Novembre 2012.

    Doboj viewPromotion of inclusion in teaching

    A seminar on the subject of “Inclusion in Teaching” was held in the vocational training school in Doboj in the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 20 and 21 September 2012.

    Programme (only available in German)
    Report (German version)

    Education for the prevention of violence in schools-Final report

    The final report of the Pestalozzi Programme Module on prevention of violence in schools is now online. .
    The training course was focused on making the school environment a safe space for learners. If schools are to provide a space for learning and for the personal development of every child, they need to be safe places where everyone can live and work, learn and play without fear. An atmosphere, where each child feels welcome, recognised and respected, where individual needs and learning styles are understood, lies at the core of a safe learning space. The absence of these features makes the space unsafe and prevents children from developing their full potential.

    Pestalozzi dissemination and cascading

    At the end of the summer two events, in Croatia and in Belarus, were dedicated to the dissemination and further cascading of the work of the Pestalozzi Programme. The Pestalozzi Programme organises between 30 and 40 training activities per year in which some 1000 education professionals across Europe are involved and are trained with regard to different key concerns of the Council of Europe in education following an interactive, learning-by-doing, pedagogy which promotes and builds on collaborative learning.

    More information.

    Who we are?
    The PESTALOZZI Programme is the Council of Europe programme for the professional development of teachers and education actors.

    What we do
    How to participate?
    The training activities of the Pestalozzi Programme are open to all education professionals in Europe.