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.

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.