Digital Citizenship Education Project

The Digital Citizenship Education Project aims at empowering children through the acquisition of competences for learning and active participation in digital society. The project builds on the achievements of the Council of Europe’s longstanding programme on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE), and the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture. A handbook was developed to help educators and learners understand the concept of digital citizenship. The Digital citizenship education handbook offers information, tools and good practices to support the development of competences for democratic culture in keeping with the Council of Europe’s vocation to empower and protect children, enabling them to live together as equals in today’s culturally diverse democratic societies, both on- and offline.

To support the promotion of digital citizenship an informal network of education professionals was created. The DCE Promoters Network implements activities and school projects in their respective countries to support schools and educators in developing and promoting digital citizenship education. In 2019-2020 school year 100 schools from 10 European countries proposed activities/projects including dissemination and use of the Handbook, teacher training, building a democratic school culture. Forty-seven schools in five countries have successfully completed their projects despite the COVID-19 crisis and achieved significant results.

 Living Democracy Website

Living Democracy is a unique educational resource website promoting democracy and human rights in schools. It combines ready-made lesson plans with ideas for action in the classroom.

 Webpage "I have rights"
A webpage with materials that will enable children to discover their rights in an understandable and enjoyable way.

 Online game "Through the Wild Web Woods"
The online game "Through the Wild Web Woods" helps children to learn basic Internet safety rules.

 Internet Literacy Handbook
An online  tool for children, parents, teachers and policy makers to be able to make the most of Internet and prepare future generations to use the Internet safely and confidently by being aware of opportunities and risks.

 Pestalozzi Programme
Teaching and training resources developed over the years within the Council of Europe training programme for education professionals, known as the Pestalozzi Programme.

 Compass - manual for human rights education with young people online resource
COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers, and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professionals or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights.

 Compassito - manual on human rights education for children
Compasito is a starting point for educators, teachers and trainers who are ready to deal with human rights education with children of 7-13 years.