The Council of Europe unanimously adopted a report called “Towards a framework of competences for democratic citizenship.” As put forward in their official press release, the Council maintains that “young people should be given all the tools they need to acquire the skills required to build a pluralistic society based on solidarity, democratic values and human rights. And it is not possible to acquire these skills without a quality education in democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural dialogue, of which school must be one of the pillars.”

In unanimously adopting a report prepared by Jacques Legendre (France, EPP/CD), the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media welcomed the development by the Council of Europe of a European Framework of Competences for a culture of democracy and intercultural dialogue. The purpose of this tool is to raise awareness among policy-makers and prompt them to review their education policies and reformulate the objectives of these policies by adjusting school curricula and allocating “the necessary resources to education for democratic citizenship”. To read more about the adoption of the report, please visit the Assembly blog. For the full report, please click here.