Review of the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education
Information note on the survey for non-governmental organizations
Charter and the role of NGOs in its implementation
The Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (Recommendation CM/ Rec(2010)7 is an important reference point for all those dealing with citizenship and human rights education. It provides a focus and catalyst for action in the member states. It is also a way of disseminating good practice and raising standards throughout Europe and beyond.
The role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the implementation of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education (EDC/HRE) is fundamental. Your contribution to the review will be very valuable and will allow us to collect the data needed to assess the current state of EDC/HRE in Europe and guide our actions in the future.
The current review covers the period from 2017 to 2021. The promotion and use of the Charter have been closely connected to the new Reference Framework for Democratic Culture (RFCDC), published within this period. For the purpose of this survey, we take both instruments equally into account. If your organisation has mostly worked with the RFCDC and related topics or approaches for the last 5 years, you can still report about this as an aspect of the Charter implementation.
Do not worry if you don’t know the response to a question or you don’t want to respond. Most of the questions contain an option “I don’t know/I don’t answer” so if you believe you lack information to respond to a particular question, you can always choose this option.
If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact us through this email: [email protected]
Presentation of the review results
The review will be finalised in April 2022 at a Forum on Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education with young people in Torino from 11 to 13 April. The pdf version of the review will be available for all on the CoE website soon after the Forum.
Thank you so much for taking part in this review! We look forward to learning about your experiences.
Definitions of key terms
The Charter: The Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education was adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 2010 in the framework of the Swiss chairmanship as one of the decisions intended to provide follow-up to the Action Plan adopted at the Committee of Ministers conference (Interlaken, 2010) on the future of the European Court of Human Rights as a text that supports the prevention of human rights violations by strengthening the culture of human rights. The charter asks governments to frame their policies, legislation and practice with the aim of “providing every person within their territory with the opportunity of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education.”
Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC): According to the Charter, EDC “means education, training, awareness-raising, information, practices and activities which aim, by equipping learners with knowledge, skills and understanding and developing their attitudes and behaviour, to empower them to exercise and defend their democratic rights and responsibilities in society, to value diversity and to play an active part in democratic life, with a view to the promotion and protection of democracy and the rule of law.”
Human Rights Education (HRE) means “education, training, awareness raising, information, practices and activities which aim, by equipping learners with knowledge, skills and understanding and developing their attitudes and behaviour, to empower learners to contribute to the building and defence of a universal culture of human rights in society, with a view to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
The Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) originates in an initiative from Andorra during its Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in 2013. The Framework is a set of materials that can be used by education systems to equip young people with all of the competences that are needed to take action to defend and promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law, to participate actively and effectively in a culture of democracy, and to live peacefully together with others in culturally diverse societies. With its competence model and descriptors, it provides a systematic approach to realising the principles of the EDC/HRE Charter and of the Council of Europe’s call for quality education, and to designing the teaching, learning and assessment of competences for democratic culture, and introducing them into education systems in ways that are coherent, comprehensive and transparent. The RFCDC is intended for use by education policy makers, especially those working within ministries of education, and by education practitioners in all sectors of education systems, from pre-school through primary and secondary schooling to higher education, including adult education and vocational education.