The Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) was officially launched in Copenhagen on 23-24 April during the conference “Democratic Culture – from words to action”.
The conference organised by the Education Policy Division in the context of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers gathered more than 120 participants from the 50 States party to the European Cultural Convention.
Curriculum designers, representatives of national learning assessment agencies and of teacher education institutions and representatives of Ministries of Education met for two days to discuss the future implementation of the RFCDC.
In her opening speech, Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General for Democracy, underlined that: “…the Reference Framework draws on the Council of Europe’s longstanding priorities and values: equality, dignity and respect. It identifies the competences that should be taught throughout the education system and which are necessary to equip our young citizens with the Values, Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge and Critical understanding they need in order to participate actively in today’s complex, diverse democratic societies. This requires a greater awareness of the multiple aspects of modern life and the contemporary challenges, while remaining firmly anchored to the respect for human rights.”
The output of the Conference will be used to develop a “Strategy for the implementation of the RFCDC” and a “Compendium of effective practices in teaching controversial issues in schools”.