Based on the European Cultural Convention, the mission of the Directorate of Democratic Participation (as part of the Directorate General of Democracy and Human Dignity (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 department is overseen by the Steering Committee for Education (CDEDU) and its Bureau and manages projects throught its Education Policy division and its Capacity building and co-operation programme.


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