The project is part of the EEA Grants programme “Education, Scholarships, Apprentices and Youth Entrepreneurship” in Romania. The training targeted educational experts from Romanian Teacher Training Houses, County Centres for Resources and Educational Assistance and County School Inspectorates, responsible for the in-service training of teachers.
Five such institutions from different parts of the country were represented in Oslo. The training aimed to support the quality of teacher training in Romania through strengthening competences of teacher trainers, school inspectors and school counselors, and contribute to the development of a professional pool of trainers in teacher training in Romania, with a focus on democratic citizenship and human rights education.
The main theme of the training was how to build democratic school cultures through the use of a whole school approach as well as introducing the new Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC). Back in Romania, they will conduct mid-scale projects in cooperation with their institution offering new trainings, programs and materials to teachers, school leaders and other education professionals.
The training was carried out at the EWC offices in Oslo, and it was the first time that the centre carried out an entire training at its own premises. After the training, the participants took part in a study visit to the Faculty of Education and International Studies, OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University, the 22. July Centre and Fyrstikkalleen skole. The participants were also introduced to EWC’s Learning Democracy at Utøya project and the Council of Europe manual Teaching Controversial Issues.