Co-operation and Capacity Building
The work of the Co-operation and Capacity Building Division
The Council of Europe Education Department develops and promotes education policies and good practices aiming at strengthening the education systems of the 50 states party to the European Cultural Convention.
Co-operation and Capacity Building Division provides targeted support to these 50 states through programmes aiming to increase the capacity of national education systems to provide quality education, develop competences for a democratic culture, fight discrimination, support integrity and transparency in education and combat extremism and violence in schools. All programmes are based on the policy work of the Council of Europe – including the RFCDC - tailored to the specific needs of each country. methodology includes working at both grassroots and policy levels as well as the regional level.
Projects and activities are implemented within several frameworks, including the Council of Europe ordinary budget, joint programmes with the European Union, voluntary contributions and the EEA/Norway grants.
Implementation of the RFCDC through projects
During the first phase of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey, the Actions on the Education in Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo* were implemented. The Actions aimed at improving the quality of education in the beneficiaries by fostering the development of a democratic school culture and included the piloting and implementation of the Model of CDC. Under the second phase of the European Union/Council of Europe Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey, Joint EU/CoE Projects ‘Quality Education for all’ is currently being implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.
In Turkey, the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Project “Strengthening Democratic Culture in Basic Education” is currently implementing the RFCDC. The project aims at fostering democratic school culture in the Turkish national education system.
The project “Education for Democracy in the Republic of Moldova” is promoting the integration of the RFCDC in school curricula, teacher education, teaching practices and school governance. The aim of the project is to help strengthening the capacity of the Moldovan education system to support the development of the knowledge and competences necessary for someone to become an engaged citizen.
Implementation of the competences for Democratic Culture is one of the priorities of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme DISCO, which is organised through a call for projects. Subsequently, the following projects were supported in the framework of this Programme:
- Digital Resistance (Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy and Romania)
- “Instruments for implementation of the Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture” (Andorra, Croatia, Georgia, and the Slovak Republic)
- “Democratic Culture in Action - Democratic Competences in the digital era” (Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania and Serbia).
- “School practices for democratic culture in the digital era” (North Macedonia);
- “Education for democracy through digital tools and NFE (non-formal education)” (Belgium).
The project “Promoting Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship in 6 Eastern partnership countries” (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) funded under the first phase of the European Union/Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance promoted the practical implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE) and the piloting and implementation of the Model of CDC in the participating countries.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.
Documentary “The Competences we need”
The projects implemented during the 4th cycle of the Programme DISCO are mentioned in the video.
"What does it take to build a democratic culture?"
A video on the impact and results of the Horizontal Facility Actions on Education in the Western Balkans
"What did we achieve?"
A video about the results achieved by the project: "Promoting Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship Education in 6 Eastern partnership countries".