“Free to Speak - Safe to Learn” Democratic Schools for All is a Council of Europe project for schools all over Europe.
The main aim of the project is to highlight the commitment to democratic values and principles in the life and culture of schools in Council of Europe’s member states.
The Council of Europe has developed the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, which sets out, for the first time, the core values, skills, attitudes and critical knowledge and understanding that every citizen needs in order to be active in a democratic society.
Individuals are not born with these competences; they need to be learned. The project draws on the work done in many schools for a Culture of Democracy and, through the lens of the Framework, aims to provide a “common working language” for schools all over Europe.
The Project “Free to Speak - Safe to Learn” Democratic Schools for All' is related to the work of the Education Department which is part of the Directorate of Democratic Participation within the Directorate General of Democracy ("DGII") of the Council of Europe.
The Democratic Schools Network
Schools are the very heart of the project ‘Free to Speak - Safe to Learn”-Democratic Schools for All’. The project wishes to give voice to teachers, students, school leaders and parents across Europe and make known the work they do to develop democratic and inclusive schools.
Schools are encouraged to join the Democratic Schools Network. Are you a teacher or a school head? For your school to become a member of the Network you would need to
- submit information on a new or ongoing project and/or practice linked to one of the six project themes and /or the RFCDC,
- commit to the Council of Europe Democratic Schools Pledge.
Click on the map below, to go to the dedicated country webpage. It displays the list of the schools which are members of the Democratic Schools Network in each country. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about their project(s).