The website is prepared by the Pestalozzi Programme, the Council of Europe training programme for education professionals, to offer a commented and structured collection of content to its target group: teachers, teacher trainers and other education professionals in formal, non-formal and informal educational settings.

We are grateful to Ms Ildikò Lazar, lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary and Mr Charlot Cassar, school principal, Żabbar, Malta, for having prepared both the commented and structured collection of content as well as this web site.

All care has been taken to quote the sources and to respect copyright. Please contact us directly should anything be misrepresented.

The Pestalozzi Programme

The aim of the Pestalozzi Programme is to carry the message of the Council of Europe and its values – democracy, respect for human rights and dignity and the rule of law – into the practice of education (formal, non-formal and informal) and to support member states in the move from education policy to education practice in line with these values.

The training activities seek to develop the transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge which are necessary for the maintenance and further development of democratic societies; in particular, competences such as:

• critical observation from different perspectives;
• actions based on respect for human rights and dignity;
• the ability to act democratically and to co-operate;
• understanding of diversity and the ability to live in diversity;
• understanding of the past and the present, and the ability to project oneself into the future;
• the ability to communicate across all kinds and types of borders;
• critical, responsible and beneficial use of the media environment;
• the ability and readiness to continue to learn throughout one’s life.

Effective training activates and builds on the expertise and experience of the trainees. It is learner-centred, focuses on learning by doing, and on collaborative work. Effective training develops sensitivity and awareness, knowledge and understanding; it promotes the change of individual and societal practice. Training needs to be organised and delivered in accordance with the competences it wishes to develop. The promotion of intercultural under-standing is a central concern of each training activity, whatever its specific theme.

The Pestalozzi Programme targets education professionals from the 50 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention. It also offers places for education professionals from neighbouring regions. The term “education professional” includes all those who have an active part to play in the day-to-day practice of education. They are the target of our activities because they are the ones who make a difference in day-to-day practice in classrooms and other places of learning.

For more information on the Pestalozzi Programme visit www.coe.int/pestalozzi.