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Human Rights in Europe? Tolerance, Democracy, Citizenship, Critical Thinking and Multiperspectivity as European Values

Developing an understanding of basic human rights, and a respect for them, are key elements of a twenty-first century history education. Because of this, a series of workshops and conferences was set up. This resulted in a comprehensive database of essential key-moments, people and documents in history that can be used as educational material, using the input of almost 1000 History Educators (School and University levels combined), Policy Makers and Representatives of Civil Society Organisations.

Project Aims

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This project aimed to

  • develop a range of aspects of human rights education over the year through a series of lectures, workshops, meetings, seminars, and an international survey
  • track key-moments and documents in European history, in different regions, to be used by history teachers in secondary schools in particular in delivering and promoting Human Rights history education. Third the project aimed to develop both a range of national and international perspectives to allow comparative awareness and multi-perspectivity.
  • ‘close the gap’ between schools and universities by pitching academics and teachers together, to pool resources and to support each other in their joint endeavours to enthuse European youngsters to study and enjoy history


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  • 22 separate events (conferences, seminars, lectures, and debates) were organised at member institutes of both the two organising partners including prominent universities, civil society organisations and NGOs located across Europe
  • designed to finance the participation of 400 participants, the events actually reached over 900 participants in 14 EU-Member States, Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Switzerland
  • Questionnaire: Approaches to Human Rights History with results published online 
  • Publication: Teaching Human Rights Connecting Europe through History
  • Europe-wide organisations EuroClio and Europaeum experienced positive synergy and continued their cooperation in a follow-up project
  • EuroClio Questionnaire on Teacher Leave to investigate the low turnout of teachers


Available online in English

Supported by


The Europaeum Network

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Europeaum coordinator and publication co-editor:

Paul Flather

Project Managers

Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, EuroClio Executive Director

Jonathan Even-Zohar, EuroClio Project Manager

Maria Kazamiaki, EuroClio Assistant Project Manager