Learning to Live Together: A Shared Commitment to Democracy - Report

Conference on the Future of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe - 
Strasburg, 20-22 June 2017

300 representatives of public authorities, education professionals and non-governmental organizations from 45 European countries met for a 3-days Conference at the Council of Europe (CoE) in Strasbourg, to analyse the Report on the State of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe key conclusions and to renew their commitment to the charter implementation to further enhance education for democratic citizenship and human rights, and to use the Report highlights to propose Key actions for the next phase of this effort.
EPA was represented by Herminio Correa, EPA Ambassador to the CoE at all the planning sessions and at the following workshops.

Workshops 1 - Key conclusions of the Report on the state of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe – challenges and opportunities:
Pre-school education
Workshop 1 - Promoting human rights and democracy through education in Europe today – Case Studies
A Child have a say – do we understand them?
Workshops 2 - Putting learners at the centre of education: good practices and lessons learned (Based on the articles of the Charter)
Skills for promoting social cohesion valuing diversity & handling differences & conflicts (article 13ª)
Workshops 3 - Looking to the future: Setting the milestones (Recommendations for future action for the CoE, member states, civil society organizations and education institutions, including the development of the indicators as a European contribution towards Target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal 4, in the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Recommendations for civil society organizations
At the end of the 3 days, a document with the conclusions of the Conference to be presented to the Council of Europe was presented and approved by all participants, of which we highlight the following key actions:

1. Include Education for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE) in national, regional and local policy and practices for formal and non-formal education including youth work.

2. Ensure quality, balance provision of EDC/HRE in all areas and types of education, with specific attention paid to areas where EDC/HRE is less present such as vocational education and training,

3. Recognise the value, and strengthen the capacity, of education professionals and educators in civil society (youth organizations, student organizations, teacher’s associations, trade unions, parent’s associations, and other groups or individuals in the education, youth and other fields) through training and other support.

4. Strengthen co-operation and co-ordination between public authorities and civil society, including through public debate and consultations involving, amongst others, youth and student organizations, in developing, implementing and evaluating policies and practices regarding EDC/HRE.

5. Collect and promote examples of good practices illustrating the relevance of EDC/HRE to everyday life.

6. Increase the visibility of the Charter amongst all current and potential stakeholders, including examples of how it can be implemented, through awareness-raising, relevant policy measures, capacity building and other targeted initiatives.

Assessment and evaluation:
7. Consistently integrate EDC/HRE in curricula, and develop appropriate programme evaluation and assessment tools.

8. Make full use of available data and support systematic evaluation and independent research of the impact and effectiveness of EDR/HRE programmes.

All Conference documentation is available in

Hermínio Corrêa
Lisboa June 22, 2017      

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