The Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE) held its 8th plenary session in Strasbourg on 7 and 8 December. The Committee launched the implementation of the new programme of activities of the Education sector of the Council of Europe for 2018-2019.
The annual session was opened by the Director General of Democracy Mrs. Snežana Samardžić-Marković in the presence of the Minister of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Slovenia, Mrs. Maja Makovec-Brenčič
The Committee discussed, among other issues, the launching in 2018 of a new education campaign for schools “ Free to Speak, Safe to Learn : Democratic schools for all”, the further implementation of the new Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture in member States and the setting up of a new Network of Policy Advisers.
The objective of the programme is that policy makers and education actors take concrete measures to prepare students and learners for life as active citizens.
The programme focuses on developing a culture of democracy in educational settings that are democratic and that favour participation and critical thinking, while at the same time value diversity and dialogue in a safe learning environment.
The new programme is organized around three main clusters of activities related to:
- The development of competences for life in democracy
- The fostering of inclusive approaches in education, and
- The development of Ethics, Transparency and integrity in and through education.
In 2018-2019, the Programme will give greater prominence to education for refugees and migrants, and to ensuring that learning environments remain positive. Member States will be guided towards policies furthering ethics, transparency and integrity in education at all levels, with the assistance of tools and policies developed through the ETINED Platform.
Initiatives will be developed in co-operation with relevant convention mechanisms to ensure the effective implementation of the right to education for all, including the promotion of measures that favour vulnerable groups and the fight against violence and discrimination in education. The Programme will thus contribute to the Council of Europe’s strategies for the Rights of the Child, on Internet Governance Strategy, on Gender Equality and on the Integration of migrant children.
Lastly, the Education Programme will demonstrate a regional contribution to national efforts to achieve the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 4 (on quality education).