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Twenty years of promoting education for democracy and human rights

11 October 2017 Strasbourg

Today, on 11 October we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Council of Europe project on Education for Democratic Citizenship. The challenges that Europe is facing today – including disenchantment with democracy, integration of refugees and the rise of violent extremism - make education...

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Education for a society without fear

25 July 2017 Strasbourg

Education International’s Deputy General Secretary, Haldis Holst, has strongly reaffirmed the importance of human rights and citizenship education to meet global challenges and achieve mutual respect in democratic societies. Respect for each other’s rights - “educating children to be able to live...

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Tackling values crisis through education

19 July 2017 Strasbourg

Tackling values crisis through education Mr Kishore Singh, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, shared his perspective on why humanistic mission of education needs to be strengthened and what the Council of Europe can do, at the occasion of the Council of Europe Conference...

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Launch of the 2017 Report on citizenship and human rights education

03 July 2017 Strasbourg

On 20 June 2017 the Council of Europe Report on citizenship and human rights education in Europe was launched at a conference in Strasbourg. The Report includes analysis of feedback from governments, conclusions of a survey from civil society organisations and key messages from prominent...

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A call for enhanced quality of education for democracy

23 June 2017 Strasbourg

On 20-22 June 2017 over 400 representatives of governments, education institutions and civil society organisations debated the future of citizenship and human rights education at a conference in Strasbourg. The discussions were based on the conclusions of the Report on the State of Citizenship...

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Czech chairmanship supports education for democracy and human rights

19 May 2017 Nicosia, Cyprus

At the end of their meeting in Nicosia (Cyprus) the six month chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers passed from Cyprus to the Czech Republic. Foreign Affairs Minister Ioannis Kasoulides took stock of Cyprus’s chairmanship and made the handover to Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek, who...

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Learning to live together conference: call for participants

30 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe seeks to select up to 70 participants to represent the children, youth and civil society sectors in this conference that aims to discuss the Conclusions of the Report on the State of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe, to share...

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Launch of international cooperation projects

03 February 2017 Strasbourg

Representatives from 20 partner organisations in 17 countries implementing the projects funded in 2016 -2017 by the EU/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights and Democracy in Action” met in Strasbourg for the First Joint Coordination Meeting on 31 January – 1 February 2017. The...

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Council of Europe video “Beat bullying” goes viral

January 2017

The Russian version of the educational video “Beat Bullying” reached over 1 million viewers on YouTube. This 10 minutes film shows how whole-school human rights and citizenship education programmes equip students and pupils with the understanding, skills and confidence they need to help stop...

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Replies from 40 governments are now available on-line

22 November 2016 Strasbourg

As part of the preparation of the Council of Europe Report on the State of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe, replies to a questionnaire were received from 40 governments and are now available on line . The Report is part of the 2nd review cycle of the implementation of the Council...

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