The Council of Europe unanimously adopted a report called “Towards a framework of competences for democratic citizenship.” As put forward in their official press release, the Council maintains that “young people should be given all the tools they need to acquire the skills required to build a pluralistic society based on solidarity, democratic values and human rights. And it is not possible to acquire these skills without a quality education in democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural dialogue, of which school must be one of the pillars.”
In unanimously adopting a report prepared by Jacques Legendre (France, EPP/CD), the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media welcomed the development by the Council of Europe of a European Framework of Competences for a culture of democracy and intercultural dialogue. The purpose of this tool is to raise awareness among policy-makers and prompt them to review their education policies and reformulate the objectives of these policies by adjusting school curricula and allocating “the necessary resources to education for democratic citizenship”. To read more about the adoption of the report, please visit the Assembly blog. For the full report, please click here.
The bi-annual workshops provided by the Association of Historical Dialogue and Research in cooperation with the Council of Europe in the area of history education are back! This year’s conference takes place on 23 & 24 October. With the theme of “Teaching and learning history in the digital age”, a number of contemporary questions will be examined by the instructors and the participants.
Please ensure you register by 19th October by sending at e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the AHDR website.
The Council of Europe’s Education Department, in co-operation with numerous international experts, has developed a new theoretical model of Competences for Democratic Culture. The next stage in the project was to compile a bank of descriptors that would help educators assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. We would now like to invite education professionals at all levels and in all areas to take part in this project and respond to an online questionnaire to test the clarity and relevance of these descriptors.
This link will take you to the Competences for Democratic Culture page on the Council of Europe’s Education website. There you will find a brief explanation of the project and the aim of the questionnaire as well as a link to the questionnaire itself in several languages.
It will take about 45 minutes to answer the questionnaire. In order to cover as many descriptors as possible there will eventually be up to 30 different questionnaires, each on 30 descriptors. Those who wish to do so are therefore welcome to fill in one or several questionnaires throughout the autumn period. The results will enable us to select the most reliable descriptors for piloting in concrete learning contexts in 2016. The final full reference framework, comprising the model, descriptors and various support documents, will be published at the end of 2017.
We would also be very grateful indeed if you would send this link to your contacts and networks and encourage them to take part in this online consultation.
For further information on this project please contact CDCID@coe.int
The Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe has published “Developing competences for democracy – 60 activities to learn and assess transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge (TASKs)”, to support teachers in their efforts to promote democracy through and in education.
This book is meant as a handbook for practitioners in formal and non-formal educational settings. You can find the handbook here.