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Teaching History, Grounding Democracy

"Teaching History, Grounding Democracy" draws a parallel between the institutional history of the Council of Europe, its milestones and achievements in history teaching and the major events of the 20th and 21st centuries. It also shows the efforts of the Council of Europe, the only international organisation to have run programmes in this area since 1949, to promote quality history education. More than 70 years of experience at the Council of Europe have enabled the 46 member states to bring history education into line with the Organisation's core values: democracy, the rule of law and human rights.

The exhibition presenting the work of the Council of Europe on history education will be officially presented during the 26th Standing Conference of Ministers of Education taking place in the Council of Europe on 28 and 29 September.


  • Address by Mr Bjørn BERGE, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • Address by Mr Alain LAMASSOURE, Chair of the Governing Board of the Observatory on History Teaching Europe 



headline Exhibition Strasbourg 28 September 2023
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History Education and the Council of Europe


The Council of Europe's work on history education is founded on the assumption that understanding the past is essential for building a shared future, for fostering European democracies and for strengthening active democratic citizenship. Our vision and motto is: Teaching History, Grounding Democracy. History teaching that is based on multiperspectivity, historical thinking and on the values of the Council of Europe can enhance students’ critical thinking skills, democratic competences and empathy – all of which are essential for generations of young citizens that value democracy. At the moment, four distinct initiatives complement each other in tackling history education in a comprehensive manner: the intergovernmental project on history education, the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe, the HISTOLAB Joint Project of the European Union and the Council of Europe, and the Remembrance of the Holocaust and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity programme. Click on any of the boxes below to learn more about each initiative.

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