EWC actively supports piloting of descriptors for the Council of Europe Competences for Democratic Culture (CDC). Workshops introducing CDC to teachers and preparing them for the piloting will be held in a range of European countries this fall.
EWC encourages students from 9th and 10th grade at Norwegian lower secondary schools and their teacher to apply for participation at a Learning Democracy training at Utøya this fall. Deadline is September 2.
School teams can now apply to participate at the Slovak and Czech Regional Academy, a training programme dedicated to building a democratic and inclusive culture in primary schools in the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic.
Polish and Norwegian youth participated at the opening of the new learning center «Hegnhuset» at Utøya July 19. The training was organized by EWC, Utøya and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights and is a part of the project “Learning democracy at Utøya”. The day before the polish students visited the 22 July Center in Oslo in which they learned more about July 22, 2011.
Youth from Poland and Norway will gather at Utøya to learn about democracy and exchange views on human rights and intercultural understanding July 19, almost to the day five years after the terrorist attack on the Norwegian island.
EWC in partnership with the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe carried out the seminar “Citizenship Education” in Yerevan, Armenia June 30 – July 5. The seminar was part of the EWC programme Practicing Citizenship in the Russian Federation.
From 4 – 7 July Jennie Holck-Clausen and Ingrid Aspelund from EWC participated in The Almedalen Week (Almedalsveckan) in Gotland, Sweden. The Almedalen Week is considered to be the most important forum in Swedish politics with around 3700 seminars and meetings.
As a part of its focus on Competences for Democratic Culture, EWC creates links to the field of Religious Education and, more generally, the discussion of Religion in Education in the context of immigration and intercultural learning.