EWC has been commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research in Norway to conduct a pilot project for school leaders and teachers from the Nordic countries, based on the Council of Europe manuals “Teaching Controversial Issues” and “Managing Controversy”. A training for multipliers from all Nordic countries will be held at Utøya in Norway, followed by national workshops. The project is part of the programme of the Norwegian Chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers. It is open for participants from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Faeroe Islands and Aaland.
EWC, in partnership with Utøya and the 22 July Centre, develops online educational resources for teachers in Norway on the terror of 22 July 2011 and education for democratic citizenship and human rights. The resources will be available by the start of the school year 2017-18. The development of online educational resources further expands the cooperation between EWC, Utøya and 22 July Centre to offer a comprehensive educational programme on 22 July to Norwegian schools
On 9 December in Kyiv, Ukraine, EWC together with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine co-organized the round table conference "Democracy and Human rights in the New Ukrainian School". The conference gathered over 80 participants - experts and educators from different regions of Ukraine, and the National Trainer Network of the EWCs Schools for Democracy Programme.
The second edition of the Kosovo Academy took place last week. The participating schools have assessed their current situation and planned projects to strengthen a school culture of human rights and democracy.
A training of trainers for the "Schools for Democracy in Ukraine" programme is under way in Kyiv. An important objective is to prepare the welcome for 40 new schools starting their adventure with the "Schools for Democracy" in 2017.
More than 70 education professionals from Georgia and the Russian Federation shared good practices in citizenship education at a Networking Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, last month.The conference was organized by EWC in partnership with the Association of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe and the Tbilisi School of Political Studies as a part of the Practicing Citizenship programme.
Working closely with the national trainers of the Schools for Democracy Programme, Irpin school No 2 has become a regional hub for implementation of the principles of democracy in secondary schools in the Kyiv region.
The first Slovak and Czech Regional Academy "Building Inclusive School Environments for All" took place outside Bratislava November 2-6. The participants confronted their own prejudices, discussed controversial perspectives and prepared projects to build democratic and inclusive school environments back home.