The discussions of ministers on the first sub-theme on “Decentralisation and the empowerment of
local authorities in the governance of education” will offer opportunities for exploring how local
authorities ensure access to mainstream education and equal opportunities for all children without
discrimination and deal with the recognition of cultural and social differences and linguistic
pluralism at local level.
The debate will focus on one dimension of local governance and quality education as defined by
the CoE, which refers to the way member states tackle the relevance of education to local
contexts and local needs.
Ministers might also wish to reflect on the participation of representatives of vulnerable and
marginalised groups in the governance of education at local level and the actions taken on