The National and Regional Training Courses in Human Rights Education (NTCs) provide the opportunity to train youth leaders, youth workers as also educators in schools and other public bodies in using Compass and its methodological approach. Participants are also introduced to the work on the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education. The training courses, unlike EYF projects, can be organised by (semi) governmental organisation such as youth centres, human rights monitoring bodies and those involved with education.

Selected applications can receive three lines of support:

  • Educational advice typically through a contracted trainer or direct involvement of an Educational Advisor
  • Financial support up to 6000 euro
  • Institutional support

List of national training courses in human rights education 2018

The 2018 call for expressions of interest for organising a national training course in human rights education resulted in the reception of 76 applications from 27 Council of Europe member states. Thirteen applications are to receive institutional, educational or financial support
Consult list of national training courses in 2018

Eligibility criteria

  • be one of the following:  non-governmental youth organisations and/or other non-governmental organisations; governmental organisations primarily those focused on human rights, youth and/or education; institutions involved in human rights education; national networks of human rights activists and/or human rights educators.
  • be legally registered in a state party to the European Cultural Convention and/or in Kosovo[1]
  • be entitled to carry out the activities described in its project proposal;
  • have sufficient financial capacity (stable and sufficient sources of funding) to maintain its activity throughout the period for which the grant is awarded and to participate by way of its own resources (including human resources or in-kind contributions);
  • have sufficient operational and professional capacity, including staff, to carry out activities described in  its project proposal;
  • have a bank account.

Criteria for the training courses

All proposals should consider the following:

  • development of the competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes and values) of key multipliers in human rights education with young people such as youth leaders, trainers, youth workers, teachers and teacher trainers.
  • ensure that the follow-up of the training course includes measures to support the development or strengthening of national networks of organisations and trainers/multipliers involved in human rights education with young people. 
  • assure that the programme and methodology of the training courses is based on the approaches outlined in Compass. An introduction to Compass and its approaches; experience in using the manual and how to adapt it to the participants’ contexts should be central to the course.
  • secure means for having the participants in the training courses provided with copies of Compass in their language(s), where this is possible.
  • build the program of the training course in a way that includes a reflection on the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education and the role of participants, and their organisations, in using it as an instrument for advocacy.
  • envisage linking with and building upon previous initiatives, projects and programmes on human rights education with young people at national level. When designing selection procedure for participants should foresee recruitment from a diversity of organisations and institutions.
  • consider space for cooperation with and inclusion of the work of the national coordinators of Education for Democratic Citizenship or other relevant bodies in charge of supporting the implementation of the Council of Europe EDC/HRE Charter;
  • make sure that participants are committed to carry out further activities and projects in human rights education and are in a position to do so within their organisations or institution;
  • ensure the courses have a minimum duration of 4 consecutive working days;
  • have a minimum number of participants of 15 and a maximum of 40.


Priority criteria

  • Training courses proposed by non-governmental youth organisations active in the human rights education field;
  • Training courses proposals  that are:
  • organised in co-operation between two or more partner organisations;
  • have a clear plan to build or strengthen national networks of organisations and trainers involved in human rights education with young people;
  • support advocacy for human rights education through the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education;
  • being held in countries where newly published translations of COMPASS or COMPASITO can be introduced to key multipliers (e.g. trainers, youth leaders, school teachers, etc.)
  • being held in countries where no similar course has been organised in the past two years;
  • involve cooperation between the non-formal and formal educational sectors and actors;
  • complementary to other priorities and activities of the Youth for Democracy programme
  • being held until 30 November 2018.


National training courses from the previous years