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