22 June 2017. 11h-12h


The aim of this workshop is to propose recommendations for the future action for specific partners (i.e. the CoE and other international institutions, member states and national human rights institutions, civil society organisations and education institutions respectively).  The participants are invited to focus on the Council of Europe’s role on supporting its member states in the area of education for democratic citizenship and human rights and to explore on one hand how the Council of Europe can further develop and improve its tools (such as the Charter and Framework of competences for democratic culture) and its working methods and on the other hand on how various actors should make full use of this support.  

This session will also help to prepare the European contribution towards Target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal 4, in the United Nations 2030 Agenda, as a way of assessing progress in this area, in the short (2018-2019, by the end of the next biannual CoE programme of activities), medium (2018-2022, by the next Charter review cycle) and long term (2030, UN Agenda).

In particular, the participants are invited to discuss the following findings of the Report:

  • Conclusion 6: An overwhelming majority of government respondents felt that the Council of Europe provides an encouragement / motivation for stronger action and higher quality as well as opportunities for sharing and cooperation with other countries. More needs to be done take into account specific needs and priorities of the countries.
  • Conclusion 7: The Charter is a useful tool for non-governmental organisations both as a guideline for their internal policies and programmes and as a tool for advocacy towards national and local authorities. However, the Charter appears little known to young people. The manuals on human rights education with young people and children, Compass and Compasito, remain central to the citizenship and human rights education work done by civil society.
  • Conclusion 8: The Charter needs to be further developed as a shared framework for policy dialogue among and within the countries.
Time schedule

11h - 12h

Recommended outline (to be adapted by the moderators as required):

  • Introduction (5 minutes)
  • Interactive discussion of the recommendations developed in workshops 1 and 2 including proposals for final amendments (30 minutes)
  • The participants agree on 3 top priorities for action (15 minutes)
  • Conclusions (10 minutes)
Expected Outcome

List of recommendations for specific stakeholders / actors / partners to be included in the conference report, based on the Recommendations of the Report on the State of citizenship and human rights education in Europe and including possible means of implementation and qualitative and quantitative indicators for evaluating progress (a model will be provided prior to the Conference).

Questions for discussion

How should the Council of Europe further develop and improve its tools and its working methods?  OR:  How should various actors (other international institutions, member states and national human rights institutions, civil society organisations and education institutions respectively) make full use of this support?

Are the proposed recommendations clear?  Are they concrete enough?  Are they sufficiently flexible to be adapted and used in your country / region?

What are the priorities for action?  Three key recommendations are to be highlighted.