About the Observatory
At the initiative of the French government, among the priorities of its Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe was established in November 2020 as a new co-operation activity of the Council of Europe in the field of history education.
Initially with 17 member States, the Observatory will operate as an enlarged partial agreement. It will build on the Council of Europe's decades-long experience in history education, while complementing and strengthening its intergovernmental programme.
The Observatory’s main purpose is to collect and make available, through a series of regular and thematic reports, factual information on the state of history teaching in all participating countries. The main aim is to facilitate exchange of good practice and mutual learning. It also serves as a platform for professional development and networking for European professional associations and institutes active in the field of history teaching.