Strasbourg 15-16 October 2015
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Assessment of progress as a tool for change

On 15-16 October 2015, an expert meeting on “Assessment of progress in the area of citizenship and human rights education” was organised by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.  The aim of the meeting was to discuss the current ways of assessment of progress in this area, and to reflect on how such assessment could be made more effective in supporting the promotion and development of citizenship and human rights education, in particular with a view to the forthcoming 2nd evaluation cycle, in accordance with the aims and principles of the Council of Europe Charter on this topic (2016-2017).
 

Examples of national practices in the area of citizenship and human rights education were shared by experts from Poland, Spain and Russia.  The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement discussed the preparation of the forthcoming International Civic and Citizenship Education Study.  Representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, OECD, the European Commission and the Council of Europe presented relevant reporting mechanisms and surveys.  Amnesty International presented civil society perspective on behalf of the Global Coalition for Human Rights Education.

The participants reflected on the usefulness of the evaluation exercise, explored innovative and effective practice in this area, and made proposals for improved ways of assessment, which make the best possible use of the existing data, provide meaningful data and analysis and support further development in this area, without creating a disproportionate burden for the countries.
 

At the margins of the meeting, a publication on “Curriculum Development and Review for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education” was launched. This publication is a joint initiative by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.
 

    
 

Speeches and Presentations Speeches and Presentations
Assessment of progress at the national level: achievements and challenges

Case study N° 1 : The dialogic model of citizenship and human rights education in Spain
Ms Marta Soler-Gallart, Professor ofSociology, University of Barcelona, Director of CREA, Spain

Case study n° 2 : Democratic School, self-governing school project
Ms Olga Kozuchowska, Social and Civic Competencies Development Department, Centre for Education Development, Poland

Case study N° 3 : National survey on quality of citizenship education
Mr Piotr Polozhevets, President, Russian Association for Civic Education, Editor-in-Chief, Teachers' newspaper

Assessment of progress at the international and European level: achievements and challenges

The reporting process under the 1974 UNESCO Recommendation concerning Education for International  Understanding, Cooperation and Peace, and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Ms Joyce Poan, Programme Specialist, Global Citizenship Education Team, Division for Teaching, Learning and Content, Education Sector, UNESCO

OECD Education and Social Progress (ESP) project
Mr Koji Miyamoto, Project Leader, OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI)

International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) - International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement
Mr Ralph Carstens, Senior Research Analyst, IEA Data Processing and Research Center

Data on the right to education and quality education available through the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms
Mr Villano Qiriazi , Head of the Education Policy Division, Council of Europe

Civil society perspective

HRE 2020 Indicator Framework developed by the HRE 2020- Global Coalition for Human Rights Education
Ms Sneh Aurora, International Human Rights Education Manager, Amnesty International

Education for democracy and human rights: looking to the future

Assessing progress in the area of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education with the help of the Council of Europe Charter on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education
Ms Yulia Pererva, Education Policy Division, Council of Europe

Competences for Democratic Culture
Mr Villano Qiriazi, Head of the Education Policy Division, Council of Europe

Conclusions of the meeting by the General Rapporteur
Ms Bryony Hoskins, Professor of Comparative Social Science, University of Roehampton, United Kingdom