About the Institution: The purpose of the Council of Europe is to create a common democratic and legal area throughout the whole of the European continent, ensuring respect for its fun¬damental values: human rights, democracy and the rule of law. This focus on values is reflected in all its definitions of HRE and Education for Democratic Citizenship. (Read more)
Life Skills-Related: Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship. The Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Hu¬man Rights Education (2010) defines HRE as “education, training, awareness raising, information, practices and activities which aim, by equipping learners with knowledge, skills and understanding and develop¬ing 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.” Furthermore, it defines Education for Democratic Citizenship as: “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.”
Along with a common vision the Council of Europe has designed a clear strategy of implementation (developed policy tool monitoring and review system for periodic follow up didactic tools…) and has political commitment from all EU countries, including an international coordination mechanism that includes ALESCO.