The project “Free to Speak - Safe to Learn” Democratic Schools for All supports schools in providing tools as well as opportunities for showcasing and working further on building and maintaining democratic culture across Europe:

Establish a network of democratic schools recognised by the Council of Europe.

 Identify successful democratic practices to show how schools move from theory and policy to practice.

Help schools implement projects and initiatives that favour inclusion and freedom of speech in safe learning environments.

Support the use of the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture in practice.

Further develop the democratic engagement and competences of children and young people.

Empower schools to tackle key challenges in the classroom using both existing and new tools.

Promote the sharing of expertise and provide networking opportunities for schools.

Highlight the benefits to society of human rights and citizenship education in building inclusive and sustainable democracies.


November 2017 - November 2018:
Preparation Phase

November 2018 – July 2022:
Implementation Phase

June 2022 – November 2022:
Evaluation Phase