Teachers in Europe working with learners from 9-10 years old up to higher education can contribute to the piloting of the descriptors of the Council of Europe Framework of Competences for a Democratic Culture.
Schools participating in the Schools for Democracy Programme in Ukraine want stronger integration of democratic citizenship and human rights into the curricula and further steps in developing democratic school governance.
After participating at a training course on Utøya, students from Frydenberg Secondary School used what they had learned to train their fellow students. Through inter-active exercises they facilitated discussions in the classroom about democratic values, human rights and inclusion.
EWC hosted a training based on the Council of Europe manual Bookmarks for 40 Slovak teachers in Oslo earlier this April. The training is a sign of the strengthening of ties between the centre and the Slovak Ministry of Education who are looking into the possibility of jointly organizing an academy type training on education for democratic citizenship and human rights in 2016.
Last week EWC held the first of a series of workshops at Utøya, where 69 young people lost their lives and many more were wounded by a terrorist attack 22 July 2011. The island symbolizes how important it is to defend and shape democracy every day.
Education ministers from across the continent have given their backing to the new Framework of Competences for a Democratic Culture, which aims to help teach democracy and democratic values in schools and other settings.