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How can the study of religions and non-religious world views contribute to intercultural education in schools in Europe? That is the question which Signposts– Policy and practice for teaching about religions and non-religious world views in intercultural education tries to answer 


In 2014 EWC and CoE published Signposts – Policy and Practice for teaching about religions and non-religious worldviews in intercultural education, a publication which gives practical advice to policy makers, education professionals in schools and teacher trainers on how the study of religions and non-religious convictions can contribute to intercultural education in schools in Europe.

Signposts is a result of the work carried out by a joint CoE-EWC expert group that was set up to look into issues which were important to consider for member states in order to implement the Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)12 on the dimension of religions and non-religious convictions within intercultural education.

So far, Signposts has been translated into 13 languages. Furthermore, Signposts has been used as a source for curriculum reform in Albania and Greece.
In the CoE Action Plan “The fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism” (May 2015), the dissemination and use of Signposts is defined as one of the measures within education for the prevention of radicalization and terrorism.

At the end of 2016 EWC and CoE established an group of expert to develop a training module based on Signposts turning the theory contained in the publication into a more practice-oriented tool for teachers. The training tool will be targeting teachers that work on religious education and/ or intercultural education and will be ready for dissemination in the fall 2017.

The aim of the tool will be to:

• Offer a “theory to action” tool for the implementation of the recommendation (2008)12, using Signposts;
• Improve intercultural competence of teachers;
• Introduce intercultural education as a whole school approach, with particular attention to the religious dimension of intercultural education;
• Critically approach the issue of religion(s) and world views and its links to Competences for Democratic Culture (CDC) ;
• Deal with teaching controversial issues, using the example of religion;
• Contribute to dealing with refugee crisis issues in education;
• Contribute to the confrontation of violence and radicalization in education;
• Inform about the educational work of the Council of Europe and understand its policy.

The project is fully funded by the CoE with in-kind contribution form EWC (Secretariat function).

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