Compass, the manual for human rights education with young people

COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers, and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professionals or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights. It promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education and sees young people as actors for a culture of universal human rights.

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Compasito, Manual on human rights education for children

Compasito is a starting point for educators, teachers and trainers who are ready to deal with human rights education with children of 7-13 years. The book familiarises the reader with the key concepts of human rights and children's rights and provides substantial theoretical background to 13 key human rights issues, such as democracy, citizenship, gender equality, environment, media, poverty, and violence.

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Bookmarks, a manual for combating hate speech through human rights education, was specifically created to support the No Hate Speech Movement. The manual presents activities designed for young people aged 13 to 18, but which are adaptable to other age groups.

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Education Pack "All Different - All Equal" - Resources and activities for education and action with young people against racism and discrimination - 4th edition "Silver"

This manual was originally produced in 1995 for the European youth campaign against racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and intolerance. It has been updated and extended to reflect the kaleidoscope of racial discrimination in Europe today and the mutations of racist discourses and ideologies. It contains basic information and hands-on non-formal education methodologies for supporting young people in learning about and addressing prejudice and its impact on people and societies.

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T-kit 4 Intercultural learning

This T-Kit was developed for the context of youth work and non-formal education with young people, both of which support the personal development, social integration and active citizenship of young people. Educators and youth workers have an important role in addressing intercultural learning in their work with young people. They can stimulate young people’s learning in their daily lives, so that they can question and extend their perception, develop competences to interact positively with people from different cultural backgrounds and embrace the values of diversity, equality and dignity. In today’s Europe, these values and skills are fundamental for young people and for society as a whole in order to continue building peace and mutual understanding.

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Training Kit (T-Kit) 11 Mosaic - The training kit for Euro-Mediterranean youth work

The T-kits are thematic publications written by experienced youth trainers. They are easy-to-use handbooks for use in training and study sessions

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Policy documents

Resolution CM/Res(2020)2 on the Council of Europe youth sector strategy 2030 adopted by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on 22 January 2020

Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)4 "Supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood" adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 24 April 2019

Statement of the Joint Council on Youth on the Refugee Crisis in Europe (33rd meeting of the Joint Council of Youth Strasbourg, France 12-14 October 2015)

Activities reports

Report of the Consultative Meeting "Supporting Young Refugees in Transition to Adulthood through Youth Work and Youth Policy", online meeting (16-17 June 2020)

Report of the conference "Taking young refugees and asylum seekers seriously", Brussels, Belgium - 14 February 2020

Presentations held during the Conference:

Report of the meeting of the Group of Experts on Guidelines for supporting young refugees in transition to adulthood, Braga, Portugal - 30 August - 1 September 2017
Held in the framework of the Summer School Young refugees as actors for social inclusion and intercultural dialogue co-organised with the Global Platform for Syrian Students, the meeting was designed to prepare a set of policy guidelines to support refugees in transition to adulthood.
Over the course of two days, a group of experts from various Council of Europe programmes and departments and other organisations met to discuss key challenges facing young refugees and asylum seekers in transition, and to identify policy changes needed in order to address these challenges.

Conclusions of the Summer School "Young refugees as actors for social inclusion and intercultural dialogue", Braga, Portugal 27 August-3 September 2017
The Summer School follows on the experience and proposals of the 2016 seminar to develop the capacities of young refugees as actors and agents of change in their communities. It is based on the principles of empowerment and participation of young refugees and it aims at reinforcing resilience and leadership skills. It supported social inclusion of young refugees in Europe by developing participants’ competences in their role as multipliers for youth participation, democratic citizenship and intercultural dialogue.


Study “Unaccompanied and separated asylum-seeking and refugee children turning eighteen: what to celebrate?” UNHCR / Council of Europe field research on European State practice regarding transition to adulthood of unaccompanied and separated asylum-seeking and refugee children. March 2014
The study (conducted by a consultant under the joint supervision and funding of the UNHCR Representation to the European Institutions in Strasbourg and the Council of Europe's Youth Department) aims at collecting data and examples about practices in Council of Europe Member States concerning the situation of unaccompanied and separated asylum seeking children (UASASC) when they reach the age of majority, and more specifically how four of these States (namely Austria, France, Hungary and Sweden) address the challenges faced by this category as a result of this critical change of legal regime.

The research focused in particular on the difficulties faced by young unaccompanied and separated asylum seekers in the asylum procedure and the reception system after losing the specific guarantees they enjoyed as Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC).

However, the field research also gathered some data and testimonies about young unaccompanied and separated refugees and subsidiary protection beneficiaries turning 18.