The aim of the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe shall be to promote practices encouraging history teaching and learning to strengthen and promote the values of the Council of Europe.
Specifically, the task of the Observatory shall be to collect, process, and make available factual information on the ways in which history is taught in all countries of the Enlarged Partial Agreement (EPA). In doing so, the Observatory shall pay particular attention to ensuring that its activities are based on a solid scholarly and academic basis, take due account of the diversity of education systems in member States of the EPA and ensure complementarity with the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work on history education. It does not aim to harmonise curricula.
To perform this task, the Observatory shall in particular:
- conduct a series of regular studies leading to reports on the ways in which history is taught in all member States of the EPA;
- conduct thematic studies leading to reports on specific issues of history teaching, with a view to exploring these issues in more depth and to considering topics not included in regular studies;
- organise meetings and conferences in order to assist in the preparation and dissemination of reports;
- serve also as a platform for the Observatory's partner institutes and European professional associations.