The final seminar in the Faces of Diversity project “Interculturalism, civic and human rights issues in history education” showed that POLIN and EWC have built strong links through exchange of ideas and experiences since the start in 2014. This again provides a solid foundation for further collaboration with exciting new projects in the pipeline.
An external evaluation report concludes that the Regional Summer Academies are important examples of how Council of Europe educational policies, like the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, can be implemented in practice.
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.