In 2016, EWC capacity building activities reached 4188 multipliers from 26 members states of the Council of Europe. That is a 93 percent increase compared to the previous year, according to the EWC’s activity report.
“If we want to live in an democratic society we need to start with building a more democratic school!” That is the commitment of the 42 schools taking part in the second cycle of the EWC Schools for Democracy Programme in Ukraine.
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.