Non-Governmental Organisations



    Strasbourg, 16 November 2009


    The Committee on Culture, Science and Education, meeting on 30 September 2009:

    1. Opened the session at 2.30 pm

    2. Adopted the agenda

    3. Proposed that the synopsis of the meeting held on 22 June 2009 [CONF/CULT(2009)SYN3] be adopted at the January 2010 session, given that the website of the INGO Conference was temporarily inaccessible.

    4. Activities since the last session
    Participation of representatives of the Committee in various events

    5. Sub-Committee on science – person in charge: Nina Belyaeva (Interlegal Foundation)

      Took note of the three issues currently being addressed by the Sub-Committee:

      a. young researchers and human rights;
      b. the relationship between science and ethics, with a view to establishing an unofficial code of ethics;
      c. the inclusion of human rights and the importance of democracy in teaching programmes.

      One of the three themes should be finalised in time for the April 2010 session. All contributions are welcome.

6. Sub-Committee on Education – person in charge: Sabine Rohmann (Robert Schuman Institute for Europe)

      - Sub-groupEducation for democratic citizenship and human rights: noted that Giovanni Rigone (Lions Club International) no longer wished to be in charge of the sub-group. Candidatures are welcome.

      - Sub-group “Multi-perspectivity in History Teaching” noted that the project “The Image of the Other in History Teaching” had reached its third and final stage. A symposium would be held in Athens on 26 and 27 November 2009, in co-operation with the Greek Ministry of Education, on the subject “The image of the Other in post-conflict situations: Learning different histories as a means of rebuilding trust”;

      - Sub-group “Higher Education and research”: noted that a report on the autonomy of universities had been submitted to Sjur Bergan (Conference of European Ministers for Higher Education and Research) as a matter of urgency. The report was divided into four parts: administration, pedagogy, the budget, and funding and research;

      - Sub-group “The teaching profession in the 21st Century”: noted that, following a debate on the following issues: transmission of skills, new skills and changes in teachers’ role beyond simply transmitting knowledge, definition of culture in itself, the Committee would dispose of guidelines for its discussions on the subject as from 2011;

      - Sub-group “Access of all to digital media”: noted that this sub-group would begin its activities in January 2010 and that a round table on the subject would be prepared for autumn 2010;

      Took note of the first indications given by Sabine Rohmann concerning the experiment which the Committee was intending to carry out shortly with the assistance of the World ORT. The experiment would take the form of a moodle type interactive platform.

    7. Sub-Committee on Culture – person in charge: Edouard Jagodnik

      - The Sub-group “intercultural dialogue” discussed the importance of the tools already existing at the Council of Europe , for example the White Paper

      - The Sub-group on “the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue” discussed the need to prepare a glossary.

      - The Sub-group “European Identity” took stock of the existing work in this field.

    8. Other Business

    - Forum in 2010 on the universality of human rights: discussions are underway with the Wergeland European Centre (resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship, set up in co-operation with the Council of Europe and based in Oslo)  with regard to the practical arrangements for a major conference (see 4 b of the synopsis of 22 June 2009) in connection with the Council of Europe. It would be necessary to prepare working documents for each group that would be set up. The Standing Committee of the Conference of INGOs should adopt a definite stance at the end of the session.

      With regard to progress in the preparations being made by the sub-committees and working groups, the Chair requested that for future sessions interim reports and, if possible, final documents, should be produced.

    - Nina Belyaeva (Interlegal) said that five INGOs would take part in a meeting on human rights which would be attended by fifty countries to create reciprocal synergy with the OECD;

      -The Chair drew attention – in the wake of the ‘Educinfo’ published by the previous grouping – to the publication of the first of the Committee’s new internal newsletter, designed to improve communication;

      - Alain Mouchoux proposed that the Committee address the issue of bioethics, given that 2010 would be “Biodiversity Year”. Edouard Jagodnik proposed co-operating more closely with the Human Rights Committee on this subject

      "This is an unadopted draft document. Under no circumstances shall it be considered binding on the persons referred to therein.”.