On 15 and 16 April 2021, educators from across Europe met online to discuss ‘Education for Democracy in Schools: Applying the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture’. The Council of Europe and the Pädagogisches Landesinstitut Rheinland-Pfalz organized the conference within the framework of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
For the first time since its launching in 2018, senior officials from Ministries of Education and related institutions in the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention met to discuss the implementation of the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC). On the morning of 15 April, senior officials took stock of the implementation of the RFCDC and exchanged information about the work their institutions are undertaking to strengthen democratic culture at school level.
In the expert part of the conference, the EPAN and other education experts and practitioners discussed the dynamics, challenges and emerging needs related to strengthening democratic culture in and through education. Schools from the Democratic Schools Network contributed to the discussions by sharing their experiences. The meeting also considered the role of initial and in-service teacher education at national and regional level in the implementation of the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC).
For more information, please refer to the documents of the conference: