There are many positive efforts and initiatives taking place in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with regards to education for democratic citizenship and human rights education. This was highlighted in February in Kyiv, when 23 experienced education professionals representing various institutions met to discuss how to promote a practical approach to democratic citizenship and human rights education in schools, including the dissemination and use of relevant Council of Europe tools and materials.
15 regions of the Russian Federation were represented when the Citizenship Education seminar took place in Yerevan, Armenia, between February 26th and March 1st. As part of the Practicing Citizenship program, 44 education professionals met to share and discuss experiences and ideas, as well as to be introduced to the Council of Europe’s (CoE) concepts of democratic citizenship and human rights education (EDC/HRE), and to their main approaches and publications on this area. The diversity in regions and professional backgrounds served as a great motivation for cooperation and sharing of experiences.
An important part of EWC's work is to develop, adapt, translate and disseminate teaching and learning resources in education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding. In cooperation with various partners and experts, EWC has developed a number of resources as part of our programmes. "This is a very important part of the mission of EWC", says Executive Director Ana Perona-Fjeldstad.
The EWC programme “Schools For Democracy: Supporting Education Reform in Ukraine” has had a high level of activity thus far in 2019. The year started off with a training of trainers with over 60 participants from the National Network of Trainers, and continued with the launching conference for the IVth cycle of the programme.
EWC and The Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) are working together on developing new learning resources for educators to use when teaching about 22. July 2011 and democratic citizenship.
In February 2019 EWC visited the site for the new Centre for Roma and Sinti Culture in Prague, that will open in 2022. As part of the Czech National Strategy for Roma Integration the project also includes the restauration of two national memorial sites; the World War II concentration camps for Roma people in Lety and Hodonín. EWC is a partner in the development of the Centre's educational activities, aiming to build more inclusive societies.
The round table «Development and assessment of civic competences’ transversal integration in the new Ukrainian school” was organized at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine by the Education Initiatives Centre in cooperation with the Council of Europe and EWC through the “Schools for Democracy: Supporting Educational Reforms in Ukraine” programme on 22 of Nov 2018.
Implemented by the EWC and the Association of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe, bringing together 70 participants - experts from 9 countries and education professionals from more than 30 regions of the Russian Federation.