Teachers involved in the piloting can find here the links to the online questionnaires, the questionnaires to download and the suggestions of educational activities

The Training Unit and the links to the other necessary materials are available here

Les resources pour l'organisation d'un atelier avec des enseignants

This course is for teachers willing to contribute to the piloting of descriptors of competences for democratic culture. Details are available at www.coe.int/competences.

The Council of Europe has developed a comprehensive and coherent view of education.  While preparation for employment is obviously an important mission of education, it is not the only one.  The Council of Europe has defined four major purposes of education:

  • Preparation for the labour market
  • Preparation for life as active citizens in democratic societies
  • Personal development
  • The development and maintenance of a broad, advanced knowledge base.

It is worth underlining that all four purposes are of equal value and they are far from mutually exclusive. On the contrary, many of the competences we need to be employable – such as analytical ability, communication skills and the aptitude to work as part of a group as well as alone – also help make us active citizens in democratic societies and further our personal development.

Public authorities have a responsibility to ensure that all major purposes of education are adequately catered for in the education system. In order to support educational authorities in fulfilling their responsibility to prepare active citizens for democratic societies, the Council of Europe started in 2014 the development of a Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture.

A model comprising 20 components, including values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and critical understanding was elaborated, based on a systematic analysis of existing conceptual schemes of democratic competence and intercultural competence and the consultation with experts at international level. The project has subsequently been incorporated into the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Combatting Violent Extremism and Radicalisation Leading to Terrorism in 2015.

The support for the next phase in the development of the CDC framework has been confirmed in April 2016 in the final declaration of the 25th Session of the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, which met in Brussels.

Besides the model of competences, the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture includes a set of competence descriptors and a package of resources supporting curriculum development, educational practice, assessment, teacher training and other relevant aspects of education. This online course refers to the piloting in concrete educational settings of the competence descriptors which is planned to take place in various Council of Europe member states in 2016.

Only teachers who followed either a workshop organised by trainers prepared by the Council of Europe or this online course will be provided access to the questionnaires and the instructions for the piloting process.

The average time needed for the completion of this online course is 6 hours.

For details write to cdc@intercultural.ro