CULTURE, SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Strasbourg, 3 July 2009
SYNOPSIS OF THE
FOR THE ATTENTION OF MEMBERS OF THE CULTURE, SCIENCE AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1. The Culture, Science and Education Committee of the Conference of INGOs met in Strasbourg on 22 June 2009 with Edouard Jagodnik, of the European Federation of Schools (FEDE), in the chair. He was assisted by the Vice-Chair, Sabine Rohmann, of the Robert Schuman Institute for Europe (IRSE).
2. The committee adopted the meeting agenda.
3. The committee adopted the synopsis of the meeting on 27 April 2009 [CONF/CULT(2009)SYN2], after deciding that the committee would have 20 minutes at the current meeting to present its work under the leadership of Sabine Rohmann, while the other sub-committees would have less time.
4. Activity report
a. Meeting of the Steering Committee for Education (CDED)
The Steering Committee for Education had held its annual meeting in Strasbourg on 15 and 16 June 2009. The Steering Committee was acknowledged to be important because of the effort it made to co-ordinate policy in 47 countries and because its conclusions provided direct input for Committee of Ministers decisions. The INGOs, which did not have the right to vote, had a role to play by making proposals.
Various adopted texts bore the imprint of input from the INGOs. Regret had been expressed about the reduction in DGIV's financial resources, which was causing programmes to be cut back or delayed. Among the conclusions, attention should be drawn to the need to ensure synergy between international organisations in connection with education in citizenship and human rights.
In reply to a question, the Chair explained that it was not possible systematically to make all the background documents generally available, firstly because there was a large number of documents and they were very bulky and, secondly, because they were often confidential, particularly when they had not been finalised. In many cases, however, the gist of the documents could be made available in forms that had yet to be decided on.
b. European Wergeland Centre in Norway
See paragraph 5 of the Synopsis of the meeting on 27 April 2009. The Chair, who had attended the inauguration of this resource centre, again stressed the importance of the Norwegian initiative, which was supported by the Council of Europe. One of the first themes to be promoted by the Centre would probably be the universality of human rights.
c. Another event: "Universities as actors of intercultural dialogue"
Alain Mouchoux had represented the Culture, Science and Education Committee and the Conference of INGOs at a meeting organised by the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR) in Moscow on 2 and 3 June 2009. This international seminar, on the theme "Universities as actors of intercultural dialogue", had been attended by 26 countries and by UNESCO and the European University Association. The conclusions would be posted on the INGO website.
5. Progress of the work of the education sub-committee
Sabine Rohmann, who was in charge of the sub-committee, highlighted the importance of exchanges between sessions and suggested considering setting up an interactive platform to supplement e-mailing.
It emerged from the presentations by the theme leaders that the "education and health" working group would be in a position to submit its completed work at the next session.
6. Progress of the work of the culture sub-committee
Edouard Jagodnik was in charge of the sub-committee. The leaders for the three themes chosen - intercultural dialogue" (Alain Mouchoux), "the European identity" (Noël Orsay) and "the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue" (James Barnett) - reported on the progress of work.
7. Progress of the work of the science sub-committee
Nina Belyaeva, who was in charge of the sub-committee, drew attention to the importance of the Erasmus scheme and called for contributions on the general theme of science, society and ethics. She provided details and indicated how the work might be co-ordinated. A newsletter was to be launched.
8. Other business
A statement was made on the behalf of Eurotalents on the need for better facilities for gifted children and improved teacher training. Edouard Jagodnik pointed out that the issue was relevant to the working group theme "The inclusive dimension in education", proposed by Gaston de la Haye
The next session of the Conference of INGOs would take place from 29 September to 1 October 2009. The Culture, Science and Education Committee would meet on 30 September from 2.30 to 6 pm, in a meeting room yet to be decided.
Secretary/Rapporteur: G.B. Krantz
Cc : President of the Conference of INGOs
Members of the Standing Committee
Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly
Secretary General of the Congress
Secretary of the Committee of Ministers
Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights
Director of the Private Office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Director of External Relations
Director of Strategic Planning
Director of Communication
Director of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights