International Contact Group on EDC/HRE
In 2011, the International Contact Group on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education was set up to ensure close co-operation among regional and international initiatives. It brings together the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); UNESCO; the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR); the European Commission; the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO); the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Council of Europe.
ENIC/NARIC Network – Information centres for academic recognition and mobility
The Council of Europe and UNESCO established the ENIC (European Network of Information Centres in the European Region) Network in 1994 in order to develop joint policy and practice in all European countries for the recognition of qualifications. In addition, the ENIC Network plays a key role in the implementation of the Council of Europe/UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region adopted in Lisbon on 11 April 1997.
The ENIC Network co-operates very closely with the NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centres in the European Union) Network of the EU, and the networks hold joint annual meetings. All members of the NARIC Network are also members of the ENIC Network. In addition, the ENIC Network includes countries that are not part of the EU co-operation in education.
ETINED Platform – Ethics, transparency and integrity in education
The ETINED Platform is a network of specialists appointed by the States Party to the European Cultural Convention. Its core mission is to exchange information and best practices on ethics and integrity in education, with special attention to the fight against corruption and fraud in education and research.
European Wergeland Centre
The European Wergeland Centre is a European resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship. It was established through co-operation between Norway and the Council of Europe and was inaugurated in Oslo on 29 May 2009.
EPAN - Education Policy Advisors Network
The EPAN network represents public authorities responsible for education policy and practice of the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention.
In accordance with its Terms of Reference for 2020-2021 the Education Policy Advisors Network is invited to contribute to effective reforms in the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention in respect of education for democracy and human rights in accordance with the objectives and principles of the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC), in particular by:
1. encouraging integration and implementation of the RFCDC in the education systems of the States Parties to the European Cultural Convention;
2. liaising with the public authorities responsible for pre-primary, primary, secondary, vocational and higher education and supporting them in the implementation of the RFCDC;
3. sharing experiences and practices, and considering methodologies to improve co-operation and effectiveness in integrating RFCDC at all levels (national, regional and local);
4. supporting the development of safe learning and teaching environments in a CDC-based approach as the foundation for quality education, particularly in the framework of the ‘Free to Speak, Safe to Learn - Democratic Schools for All’ project;
5. ensuring that all initiatives taken are supportive of target 4.7 (education for sustainable development and global citizenship education) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.