Based on the European Cultural Convention, the mission of the Directorate of Democratic Participation (as part of the Directorate General of Democracy (DGII) of the Council of Europe) is to develop democracy, human rights and the rule of law through the Council of Europe’s programmes in education and youth policy and practice. The programmes focus on the emerging generation, enabling children and young people to become engaged and responsible European citizens who advocate human rights and participate fully in democratic life.

The Education Department

The Education Department develops policies and practice to help member states build a culture of democracy through education. It covers all areas and levels of education.

The Education Department is engaged in both policy development and capacity building and co-operation. Its main instruments include:

  • the European Cultural Convention (Article 2),
  • the new Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture,
  • the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education,
  • Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)13 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on ensuring quality education,
  • the Lisbon Recognition Convention and
  • the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The department is overseen by the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE) and manages projects on:

Some projects are carried out through joint programmes with the European Commission, the European Economic Area (EEA)/Norway Grants and the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz (partial agreement), as well as through co-operation with the European Wergeland Centre.