The Democratic Schools Network consists of schools in Council of Europe member States that can demonstrate multiple and systematic collective efforts to build and sustain a democratic culture, including and involving all students of all backgrounds, nationalities and beliefs in an age-appropriate way.

The Council of Europe has consistently focused on education as being a central element in societies to promote and protect its core principles: human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Through numerous recommendations, initiatives and activities, the Council of Europe has emphasised the need to strengthen school practices contributing to the development of students’ competences that are needed to participate effectively in a culture of democracy. The Council of Europe has attached great importance to the democratic operation of schools, supported and safeguarded by appropriate provisions of legal and organisational frameworks, but also largely depending on the methods used and the efforts made by every particular school community. Schools are considered to play a crucial role in building and cultivating democratic values among their students starting from the very young ages. As pedagogy scholars have well documented, values are transmitted to children mostly through experience, participation and the example of adults.

Read about how schools across Europe are working on the six project themes through the lens of the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture

 Read more about the conceptual background of the Democratic Schools Network

Guide for online activities to strengthen democracy in schools

The DSN Checklist for teachers, students and their parents

Council of Europe Democratic Schools Pledge

Our school promises to:

Share our work with other schools.

Work continually to create and sustain a democratic culture within our school.

Uphold the Council of Europe’s values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law in our daily practice.