The Youth Department is not alone in advancing human rights education in the Council of Europe member states.

Education Department Education Department

The Education Department supports the development of policies and practice promoting a culture of democracy  and human rights through education in the 50 States Party to the European Cultural Conventions and runs a broad range of capacity building and co-operation programmes, in a lifelong learning perspective.

Key instruments include the European Cultural Convention (art.2), a new Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, the Recommendation on ensuring Quality Education, the Lisbon Recognition Convention and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Programme

The Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights (EDC/HRE) Programme is focused on supporting the promotion of democracy and human rights through education, and accordance with the objectives and principles of the EDC/HRE Charter. Examples of cooperation activities include the network of EDC/HRE coordinators and the Human Rights and Democracy in Action EU/CoE Joint Programme.

EDC/HRE Project website


Children’s Rights Division

Guaranteeing the rights of the 150 million children in Europe is an ongoing challenge which is of concern to us all. The rights of children and young people under the age of 18 are guaranteed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Anchored in this international treaty and a broad base of European legal standards, the Council of Europe promotes and protects the rights of children in its 47 member states.

The Council of Europe Children’s Rights Division works with governments, civil society, the European Union, other international organisations and many other stakeholders to uphold and expand the protection of children’s rights in Europe. The Council of Europe promotes a holistic and integrated approach to children’s rights and mainstreams children’s rights across all relevant policy areas.

Children’s Rights Division website

HELP Programme HELP Programme

The European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) supports the Council of Europe (CoE) Member States in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) at the national level, in accordance with the Committee of Ministers Recommendation (2004) 4, the 2012 Brighton Declaration and Resolution 1982 (2014) of the Parliamentary Assembly. This is done by enhancing the capacity of judges, lawyers and prosecutors of all 47 member States to apply the ECHR in their daily work.

Website of Help Programme