The Steering Committee for Education (CDEDU) oversees the Council of Europe’s programmes in the field of education and advises the Committee of Ministers on education issues.

The overall aim of the Education Programme is to support member States in developing their policies, legislation and practice in view of promoting democratic, quality, inclusive and corruption-free education systems, and taking into account the Council of Europe Reference Framework for Democratic Culture. The CDEDU focuses on Council of Europe priority areas and cover all levels and strands of education.

The CDEDU currently has one observer country (Israel) and 16 observer organisations.

Observer organisations provide valuable input to the work of the CDEDU. They let the Committee hear the voice of other stakeholders in the field of education, be they students, teachers or (higher) education institutions. The CDEDU counts among its observers highly representative organisations. Their membership in terms of number of member organisations, the number of countries represented and the reputation and the standing of member organisations in their respective national education systems are of particular importance to the CDEDU.

 

The CDEDU's tasks

  • Exchange ideas, information and good practice among its members on issues concerning education.
  • Promote and facilitate co-operation and understanding between member states.
  • Promote reforms of education systems and policies to further democratic competences and participation and to develop the European Higher Education Area.
  • Provide advice for policy makers and education professionals in States Parties to the European Cultural Convention in implementing education policies in line with the programme of activities adopted by the Committee of Ministers.
  • Draw up recommendations and other instruments allowing States Parties to the European Cultural Convention to develop education policies in conformity with the principles and standards of the Organisation and implement them.
  • Provide member states with a reference framework of competences for democratic culture to assess learners’ achievements with regard to citizenship, human rights and intercultural dialogue and thus to enable member states to increase the effectiveness of their curricula and training programmes in this area.
  • Promote quality education through specific actions regarding education policies to foster safe learning environments for all, and social inclusion, gender equality and anti-discrimination measures in the education sector.
  • Develop specific actions in co-operation with relevant conventional mechanisms with regard to the effective implementation of the right to education for all and the promotion of appropriate measures in favour of vulnerable groups.
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Members of the Bureau 

Ms Maija INNOLA / FINLAND
Chair

Senior Ministerial Adviser,
Department for Higher Education and Science Policy,
Ministry of Education and Culture

Ms Marie-Anne PERSOONS / BELGIUM
Vice-Chair
Advisor on International Policy,
Flemish Department of Education and Training

Ms Rose Anne CUSCHIERI / MALTA


Chief Executive Officer, 
National Commission for Further and Higher Education

Ms Alexandra SANDRU / ROMANIA



Adviser,
General Directorate for International Relations and European Affairs,
Ministry of National Education

Ms Natia NATSVLISHVILI / GEORGIA 




Democratic Culture and Human Rights Education Programme Manager and Head of International Relations and Strategic Communications,
National Center for Teacher Professional Development

Mr Bernard WICHT / SWITZERLAND


Head of International Affairs,
General Secretariat of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education

 

Members of the Academic Community

Ms Snježana PRIJIĆ SAMARŽIJA / CROATIA

Rector,
University of Rijeka Foundation

Mr Giuseppe RONSISVALLE / ITALY


Professor,
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
University of Catania

 

NGO representatives

Mme Beata ZWIERZYŃSKA


Vice-president and Board member, 
European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers

Mr David LOPEZ

Director,
Lifelong Learning Platform 

 

Gender Equality Rapporteur

Ms Mélanie LIZÉ / FRANCE



Research Officer,
Delegation for European and International Relations and Cooperation, 
Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports

 

Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

Mr Guðni OLGEIRSSON / ICELAND

Senior Adviser,
Ministry of Education, Science and Culture

 

Rapporteur on Roma and Traveller Issues

Ms Krassimira TODOROVA  / BULGARIA

Chief expert,
Ministry of Education and Science