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New regional project on teaching controversial issues

The new project "Dealing with controversy through education: a regional approach" has been granted support from Nordplus. The aim of the project is to create a Baltic-Nordic network of trainers in education for democratic citizenship and human rights, who can support educational institutions and educators in formal and non-formal education through training and dissemination activities.


Including refugees at Greek schools

Greek Summer Academy

The 2nd edition of the Greek Summer Academy took place in the island of Spetses May 10 - 14th 2018. It brought together school heads, teachers and parents from 7 primary schools in Attica, all selected based on their experiences from including refugees in their schools this school year.


Strong support for the 22 July and Democratic Citizenship programme

Youth gatherings at Utøya

The Norwegian Government supports the programme 22 July and Democratic Citizenship in the Revised National Budget for 2018. With the increased support, EWC, together with our partners, will provide learning opportunities for an increased number of young people and educational professionals on 22 July 2011 and related topics such as democratic citizenship, human rights and prevention of hate speech.


Norwegian State Secretary visited Schools for Democracy

Democratization of Schools

A Norwegian delegation headed by State Secretary Audun Halvorsen and Ambassador to Ukraine Ole T. Horpestad yesterday visited  school № 203 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The school recently joined “Schools for Democracy: Supporting Educational reforms in Ukraine”, a programme implemented by the European Wergeland Centre with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Competences for democratic culture in pedagogic universities

Democratic Competences in Pre-service Teacher Training

EWCs Schools for Democracy programme aims to support reforms in Ukrainian schools by equipping future teachers and school leaders with new methods and approaches to teaching and learning democratic citizenship and respect for human rights. The Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competence for Democratic culture is central to this project.


Inspired by school visit in Montenegro

Practicing Citizenship

The 33 participants at the seminar “Citizenship Education” had the opportunity to visit a local school - Gimnazija Niko Rolovic in Bar, Montenegro. The visit illustrated how the concepts and materials discussed during the five day seminar, can be applied in practice.


Competences for democratic culture published

Since 2013, EWC has been part of the expert group developing the Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competence for Democratic Culture. Now its three volumes are published, offering educators a reference and a toolbox for designing, implementing and evaluating educational interventions. EWC will continue to promote and implement the Framework through our programs. 


The 2018 Democratic Schools for All Survey

The Education Policy Division of the Council of Europe is launching the survey on Democratic schools for All, in the framework of the new education campaign “Free to Speak, Safe to Learn” Democratic Schools for All. The campaign aims to highlight the commitment to democratic values and principles in the life and culture of schools while identifying and sharing good practices from all Council of Europe member States.


Democratic competences against violent radicalization

Trainings for Youth Workers

Erasmus +: Aktiv Ungdom, The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) and IUVENTA - Slovak Youth Institute, organised an international training on the role of youth work and democratic competences in prevention of radicalization and violent extremism. The training brought together 24 youth workers and educators from 12 different countries in which different understandings of radicalization of young people in Europe were discussed, levels of prevention were introduced and the model of competences for democratic culture was explored.


New cycle of Practicing Citizenship

Practicing Citizenship

The new cycle of the Practicing Citizenship programme was launched at the Council of Europe Youth Centre in Budapest, February 5 - March 2. The snowy and chilly weather outside of the meeting venue was an absolute contrast to the vigorous and warm atmosphere at the “Citizenship Education: new developments of the Council of Europe” seminar, which united 49 education professionals and experts from the Russian Federation, Poland, Norway, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.


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