Council of Europe Unanimously Adopts Report on Competences for Democratic Citizenship

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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.

EuroClio Board Member Semih Aktekin Delivers Speech at “Shared Histories for Europe” Seminar

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Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, in partnership with the Council of Europe, organized a seminar titled "Shared Histories for a Europe without dividing lines" on 19 November 2015. Tatiana Mikina-Milko, Brian Carvell and John Hamer were the main speakers to introduce the e-book titled Shared Histories for a Europe without dividing lines, which was published by the Council of Europe. About fifty history and social science teachers from different schools in Istanbul attended the seminar. General Director of Higher and Foreign Education at Ministry of Education of Turkey and EuroClio Board Member Semih Aktekin gave a speech at the beginning of the seminar. During his speech, Semih Aktekin summarized main developments of history education in Turkey and mentioned EuroClio activities and publications in Turkey. A web link to the coverage of the event by a Turkish newspaper can be found here.

EuroClio Presents Historiana at Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum

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Aranjuez (Spain), the UNESCO cultural landscape site located near Madrid, hosted this year’s V. Cultural Routes Advisory Forum, on 29-30 October. The 2015 Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum was co-organised by the Ministry for Education, Culture and Sport of Spain, the Council of Europe Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) and the European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR).

The theme of the 2015 Forum was “Networking for culture and heritage. The Council of Europe’s Cultural Routes: making transnational connections work”. Over the two days of the Forum the following themes were explored: cooperation with and role of international organisations; democracy and cultural routes: cross-cutting participation at local, regional and international levels; experiences in tourism promotion of cultural routes; young people’s role and involvement in cultural heritage preservation.

The Forum was attended by representatives of the Council of Europe's 33 certified routes and candidate projects from all over Europe, representatives from member states of the EPA, international organisations (European Union, UN World Tourism Organization, International Council on Monuments and Sites), NGOs, local and regional authorities, universities and professionals in the cultural tourism sector. EuroClio was also present at the Forum, represented by its Ambassador Denis Detling.

Within the presentation (available in .pdf below) "Historiana in the context of ensuring access of all to history and culture" Ambassador Denis Detling promoted EuroClio as possible stakeholder and partner of European Cultural Routes and EuroClio programme Historiana. As an online tool that promotes EuroClio values in practice and at the same time ensures access of all to history and culture Historiana offers possible future synergies with European Cultural Routes. The presentation aroused interest promising good future cooperation between EuroClio and Cultural Routes.

The annual Council of Europe Cultural Routes Advisory Forum is the most important and significant event of the Cultural Routes programme. The forum discusses trends and challenges in relation to Cultural Routes and provides a platform for sharing experiences, reviewing progress with the implementation of Cultural Routes, debates on new professional practices, the launch of new initiatives and the development of partnerships. Participants are cultural routes managers, candidate projects, representatives of other international organisations and ministries, academics, experts and tourism professionals.

Council of Europe Teacher Training Workshop in Cyprus

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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 For more information, visit the AHDR website.

Your Feedback Needed: What are the Competences for Democratic Culture

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

Council of Europe Publishes Handbook to Promote Democracy through and in Education

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.

Help the Council of Europe Develop a New Model of Competences – Survey out NOW

The Education Department of Council of Europe has developed a new theoretical model of the competences (i.e., the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding) that are required for democratic culture. The Education Department is now developing descriptors that can be used to assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. Feedback from education professionals at all levels on descriptors for these competences are welcomed.

You can do this by completing a questionnaire through this link. This questionnaire is available in English, French, Russian, Georgian, Italian, Romanian and Spanish. German and Serbian will be added shortly.

We encourage you to participate in this questionnaire and influence the development of new theoretical models of the competences!

More information about this initiative and questionnaire can be found here: