The review of the Charter
The second review of the implementation of the Charter was launched in 2016 with an aim to present consolidated results in a joint conference, which will be organised on 21-23 June 2017 by Education and Youth Departments of the Council of Europe.
The second review draws on the lessons from the first exercise in 2012 and consists of questionnaires addressed to state authorities, and a similar questionnaire addressed to civil society. The first results of the review will be presented at the 3rd Compass Forum on Human Rights Education (European Youth Centre Budapest, 5-7 October 2016).
A first review of the implementation of the Charter was realised in 2012. It comprised of questionnaires addressed to state authorities responsible for Education in the member states of the Council of Europe and an open questionnaire addressed to non-governmental organisations.
The results of the two questionnaires were discussed in the conference ‘Democracy and Human Rights in Action – Looking Ahead. The impact of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education’ that took place in Strasbourg,
The participants made a number of recommendations for strategic action to be undertaken by the Council of Europe, the States Party to the European Cultural Convention and the civil society organisations with a view to support the implementation of the Charter. In particular, they proposed a number of possible ways of developing a more transparent, consistent and participatory evaluation approach for the next review cycle (currently under way). While opinions were very diverse in relation to the need for and feasibility of stronger evaluation mechanisms, there was an emerging consensus on the benefits of on-going dialogue among key actors in this area and on the added value of the Charter as a clear framework and impetus for such dialogue.