The Council of Europe launched today in Prague on the occasion of the 8th Forum on Education Reforms, a new Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC).
This 8th edition of the Forum takes place under the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and is the concluding event of the development phase of the RFCDC. The RFCDC contains the model of 20 competences that all citizens need to have in order to participate actively in modern democratic societies a bank of descriptors and a series of implementation guiding documents. These competences are set out in four interconnected areas: Values, Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge and critical understanding.
This event brought together participants from the public education sector from 37 countries of the European Cultural Convention, observers and representatives of major intergovernmental organisations and NGOs.
Discussions during the Forum contributed to the development of the forthcoming Council of Europe programme of activities for education and explore possible co-ordinated action at international level beyond the Council of Europe framework. It should also impact on future developments at national level.
The Prague Forum has been a unique place for debate and reflection on education strategies in Europe with the support of the Council of Europe and the Czech authorities. Since 2003, discussions have been centred on “quality of education” and more recently on reforms related to competence based education systems.