Learning to live together: Report on the State of citizenship and human rights education in Europe

Across Council of Europe member States, education is increasingly recognised as a tool for tackling radicalisation leading to terrorism, for successfully integrating migrants and refugees and for tackling disenchantment with democracy and the rise of populism. However, in many countries, challenges remain. The following report looks at the ways in which democracy and human rights are promoted though education in Europe today and puts forward priorities for future action ( more...).


Competences for Democratic Culture

This book presents a new conceptual model of the competences which citizens require to participate in democratic culture and live peacefully together with others in culturally diverse societies.The model is the product of intensive work over a two-year period, and has been strongly endorsed in an international consultation with leading educational experts. The book describes the competence model in detail, together with the methods used to develop it. (more...)

Practical Tools Produced through Cooperation Projects

A broad range of manuals, supporting videos and training modules is available for download. Some examples include a manual on teaching controversial issues at school, a methodological tool on developing students' ability to assess information from media and social networks  and  a three country audit of the lower secondary citizenship and human rights education curriculum. These manuals are outcomes of cooperation projects supported in the framework of the "Human Rights and Democracy in Action" EC/ CoE Pilot Projects Scheme. (more...)

Curriculum Development and Review

Education for democratic citizenship and human rights education are vital for peaceful, sustainable and inclusive societies. Effective teaching and learning processes require well-trained teachers, positive learning environments and high-quality learning materials.

This is underpinned by education policy including curriculum development and review which is the main focus of this book.  (more...)

Teaching the case law of the European Court of Human Rights

The publication “Freedom(s) - Learning activities for secondary schools on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights” (2015) presents 12 learning activities based on landmark decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. It aims to familiarise secondary school students with the key principles of European law related to human rights in order to help them understand how the European Court of Human Rights works. It also seeks to foster the role and responsibilities of the teacher as a key actor in ensuring the effective implementation of the principles of the European human rights system. (more...)


A set of tools for promoting democracy and human rights through education was developed by the Council of Europe based on its member states’ experiences and expertise in this area, and is now known as an “EDC/HRE Pack”.

It includes publications specifically addressed to policy makers, teacher trainers, school directors, school inspectors, universities and civil society organisations.

These tools will also be of interest to all those concerned with the well-being of our societies and the role of education in this respect.

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Compendium of good practice

The educational resource book “Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice” collects 101 exemplary practices of human rights education, education for democratic citizenship, and education for mutual respect and understanding.

The resource book was published by the OSCE/ODIHR, OHCHR, UNESCO and Council of Europe, with HREA.


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Living Democracy manuals

The “Living Democracy” manuals provide teachers with high-quality lesson materials which have been tested by educators in several countries and are flexible enough to enable both experienced and trainee teachers to introduce citizenship and human rights education into their schools in a fun, interactive and challenging way.

They draw on expert authors from different parts of Europe and cover the whole age range from primary to secondary or high school.

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Addressing Islamophobia through Education

With the support of a panel of education experts, ODIHR together with the Council of Europe and UNESCO has been drafting Guidelines for educators on combating intolerance and discrimination against muslims.

This new publication provides guidance to educators on how to identify, prevent and respond to the manifestation of intolerance and discrimination against muslims in the school context. It primarily addresses teachers working at secondary school level, covering both formal and informal education. (more...)

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A fully revised and updated version of Compass - a manual for human rights education with young people - is now available.



The publication Bookmarks aims to help educators to address hate speech online from a human rights perspective, both inside and outside the formal education system.



Mirrors is a human rights education manual for young people on
combating antigypsyism – racism and discrimination against Roma.