Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Learning to Live Together: a Shared Commitment to Democracy

Conference on the Future Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe
Strasbourg, 19.06.2017 - How to integrate migrants and refugees successfully? How to prevent violent radicalisation without creating a climate of mistrust, suspicion and discrimination? How can education address the growing divide between the elites and the ordinary people?
In order to reply to these questions, the Council of Europe will provide a platform for discussion to highlight how Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education help to fight discrimination, intolerance and extremism. These major challenges will be addressed at the international conference, Learning to Live Together: a Shared Commitment to Democracy (Palais de l'Europe, 20-22 June –Programme  - hashtag: #CoE_Charter4All).
The event will gather some 300 participants representing governments, education institutions and civil society organisations, to strengthen the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights.
The Conference, organised in the framework of the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, will be opened by Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and by Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, Jaroslav Fidrmuc. (Live webcast)
The basis for discussion is the Report on the State of Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe compiled from the results of an extensive survey conducted with a wide range of stake-holders, and which highlights the Charter as a reference text and an effective tool in the promotion of human rights and democracy through education.
This review exercise is part of the Organisation's contribution towards the United Nations World Programme for Human Rights Education and the United Nations 2030 Education Agenda.
The event is organised to coincide with the annual Council of Europe HELP (human rights education for legal professionals) conference, to demonstrate the benefits of promoting human rights education.
In his latest report on "State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Populism – How strong are Europe’s checks and balances?” (2017), Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland emphasised the importance of education for democracy and human rights in tackling current challenges pointing out that “Education for democracy and human rights is therefore a fundamental component of any measure taken to address discrimination, prejudice and intolerance, thus preventing and combating violence extremism and radicalisation in a sustainable and proactive way”.
In his third Annual Report on the State of Democracy, human rights and the rule of law: a security imperative for Europe (2016), Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland calls on member States to improve the visibility of citizenship and human rights education in school curricula, by supporting national co-ordination mechanisms and by promoting comprehensive and sustainable national approaches.
In 2017, the Council of Europe is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Council of Europe project onEducation for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education which led to the Charter, and the 15th anniversary of the Compass Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People, available in more than 40 languages.
Contact Giuseppe Zaffuto, Spokesperson/Media officer, Tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04
Council of Europe Directorate of CommunicationsTel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

UNESCO: More efforts are needed to mainstream values like tolerance and the appreciation of cultural diversity within National Education Policies

08 June 2017
An analysis of different themes and concepts associated with Global Citizenship Education (GCED) reveals that within the main topics associated with GCED, appreciation of cultural diversity and tolerance are less likely to be reflected in national education policies, curriculum and teacher education.
UNESCO commissioned an analysis of the country reports to the fourth and fifth consultations on the implementation of the Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Cooperation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1974) in light of Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal on Education. The analysis included 57 reports from 2012. These series of key findings are presented ahead of the forthcoming data from 2016.
The analysis of country reports from 2012, found that concepts related to human rights and fundamental freedoms, and peace and non-violence are broadly included in the national education policies (88%), curriculum (86% and 72% respectively) and in teacher education (54% and 16% respectively).
However, concepts related to cultural diversity and tolerance are less likely to be reflected in national education policy (67%), less likely to be mandatory in curricula (68%), and less likely to be mandatory in teacher education (16%). The first of the two groups of concepts related to peace, non-violence, human rights and fundamental freedoms, which have to do with the individual rights and non-contestable ideals, seem to be more widely and easily accepted, while cultural diversity and tolerance, which require proactive efforts to embrace and accept differences, less so.
As is shown below, in all areas - especially in teacher education - concepts related to cultural diversity and tolerance are less like to be reflected, vis-à-vis the other two related groups of concepts.
UNESCO’s support to the global momentum for GCED has advanced the conceptualization and operationalization of GCED, notably with the publication of the GCED Topics and Learning Objectives in eight languages.
UNESCO has received 82 country reports with data from 2016 and data will be available by mid-2017.
As the world moves forward on the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO is committed to monitoring the progress towards the achievement of Target 4.7, with a focus on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. Regular reports, news, analyses, publications and links to data sets produced by UNESCO and its partner provide evidence that indicate how the world is progressing towards the achievement of the Target.