Capacity building and co-operation programmes
Through capacity building and co-operation programmes, the Education Department aims to increase the capacity of national education systems to provide quality education, develop competences for a democratic culture, fight discrimination, support integrity and transparency in education and combat extremism and violence in schools.
- All programmes are based on the policy work of the Council of Europe, tailored to the specific needs of each country.
- Rapid reaction - Targeted, strategic support is offered to countries upon request and available resources. This includes advice on a draft law or a new curriculum.
- LEMON- Learning Modules Online is the Council of Europe Education Department online platform for education professionals and the general public. LEMON offers a number of online courses focusing on the priority areas of the Council of Europe, such as competences for democratic culture, teaching controversial issues, bullying and some others. Online self-learning courses are available at all times free-of-charge upon simple registration. There are also two tutored online Master Classes, for which calls are organised at regular intervals.
Projects are implemented within several frameworks, including the Council of Europe ordinary budget, Council of Europe Action Plans, joint programmes with the European Union, voluntary contributions from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Norwegian and Italian Ministries of Education, Belgium (Government of Flanders), Georgia, Monaco and the EEA/Norway grants.
- Available for 50 countries, the European Union-Council of Europe Joint Programme "Democratic and Inclusive School Culture in Operation (DISCO)" is a programme to support countries which wish to work together on specific issues in the area of democratic citizenship and human rights education.
- The European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) is a Council of Europe initiative supported by partners from ten countries and the UNHCR aiming at facilitating the recognition of refugees’ qualifications even in the absence of full documentation. The EQPR is a document that can be used by refugees when they seek to enter the job market or to access further studies.
- In the Western Balkans, three projects promoting democratic culture and academic integrity are currently being implemented within the framework of the European Union-Council of Europe Horizontal Facility II for the Western Balkans and Turkey (2019-2022):
- "Quality Education for All" in Bosnia and Herzegovina aims to foster quality education for all by applying anti-discriminatory approaches based on Council of Europe standards and practices to promote inclusion and address discrimination in the education system.
- "Quality Education for All" in Montenegro aims to foster quality education in pre-university and higher education by implementing the Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) and promoting good practices of the Platform for Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education (ETINED).
- "Quality Education for All" in Serbia aims to foster quality education for all in the Serbian formal education system by fighting discrimination in education through the implementation of the Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC).
- "Strengthening democratic citizenship education in Albania" implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), aims to improve the quality of education in the country by strengthening democratic citizenship education based on Council of Europe standards and practices.
- "INCLUDE - Building Capacity for Inclusion in Education" in Kosovo* , funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, aims to foster quality education and improve access to education for children from disadvantaged groups including Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children and children with special education needs.
- The European Union/Council of Europe Joint Project “Strengthening Democratic Culture in Basic Education”, in Turkey, aims at integrating a democratic school culture into the Turkish national education system.
- “Education for Democracy in the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) helps strengthen the capacity of the Moldovan education system to support the development of the knowledge and competences necessary for someone to become an engaged citizen. The project promotes the integration of the Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) in school curricula, teacher education, teaching practices and school governance.
The Council of Europe provides strategic advice and support to the EEA/Norway grant programme area “Children and Youth at Risk” in Bulgaria, Romania and the Slovak Republic.
Future programmes are currently being negotiated to continue to support member states implement Council of Europe standards and policies in the education sector.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
- Capacity building
- Current Projects
- Democratic and Inclusive School Culture in Operation (DISCO)
- European Qualifications Passport for Refugees
- Quality Education for All - Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Quality Education for All - Montenegro
- Quality education for all – Serbia
- Strengthening Democratic Citizenship Education in Albania
- INCLUDE - Building Capacity for Inclusion in Education
- Strengthening Democratic Culture in Basic Education
- Education for Democracy in the Republic of Moldova
- EEA/Norway Grants
- Previous Projects
- Current Projects