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TASKs for Democracy

Pestalozzi Series Book 4 (2015)

PPN°4TASKs for democracy – 60 activities to learn and assess transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge is a handbook for practitioners in formal and non-formal educational settings developed within the Pestalozzi Programme Community of Practice of the Council of Europe. The handbook focuses on competences for democracy in all areas of education for educational professionals.

*Following the meeting of the Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE) on 16 March 2016, the CDPPE instructed the Council of Europe to revise this publication to bring it in line with a more recent political priority of the CoE, Competences for Democratic Culture. The second edition, to be finalised in the coming months, will reflect this instruction.

The 60 activities presented form an integral part of the original publication. They are the collection of learning and “re-learning” activities which will help practitioners to promote the development of these components in their day-to-day educational practice. The introductory chapters are currently under review .It is expected that a revised version of TASKS will be published later in 2016. Some of the activities include references to the introductory chapters. Readers should disregard these.

Link TASKs for Democracy*


Violence in Schools – A Challenge for the Local Community

Coe22.1-page-001This book reviews the highlights of the Council of Europe conference Local Partnerships for preventing and combating Violence at School (December, 2002). The conference discarded repression altogether as a means of curbing violence in schools. Instead, discussion focused on mediation, intercultural dialogue, early warning systems, prevention programmes at primary school level, and above all, on respect for the human rights of both the victim and the defender.

Link Violence in Schools – A Challenge for the Local Community

Link Violence in Schools – A Challenge for the Local Community  (PDF)

Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children


The Council of Europe has launched the project ‘Building a Europe for and with children’ to focus on the respect for children’s dignity across Europe: to promote children’s rights and eradicate violence against children. The participation of children is essential in both dimensions. Compasito has an important role to play in this process. Based on the experiences of the highly acclaimed Human Rights Education Youth Programme of the Council’s youth sector, and the success of Compass, the manual on human rights education with young people’, Compasito provides children, educators, teachers and parents with activities and methods to introduce children to human rights in creative and attractive ways. The 42 practical activities serve to engage and motivate children to recognise human rights issues in their own environment. They help children to develop critical thinking, responsibility and a sense of justice, and help them learn how to take action to contribute to the betterment of their school or community. The manual also gives practical tips on how it can be used in various formal and non-formal educational settings.

This manual is a starting point: Compasito provides directions, but it is up to the children and those working with them to use it, and to use it in the best ways possible.

Link Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (Website)

Link Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (PDF)

The Internet Literacy Handbook

internetliteracy_en-internetLiteracy_eng-1The Internet literacy handbook is intended for parents, teachers and young people throughout Europe. Composed of 21 fact sheets, each covering a particular topic on Internet use, from searching for information to setting up blogs through to e-citizenship.

These fact sheets offer teachers and parents sufficient technical know-how to allow them to share young people’s and children’s voyages through communication technology.

They highlight ethical and safety considerations throughout, and give insight into added value in education; provide ideas for constructive activities in class or at home, share best practice in Internet use, and provide a wealth of definitions and links to sites that give practical examples and further in depth information.

This book was produced jointly by the Media Division  and the project “Good governance in the information society” (Political  Affairs).

Link The Internet Literacy Handbook

Exploring Children’s Rights – 9 Short Projects for Primary Level

Exploring_en-Exploring-1Children should know what rights they have and should also know how to explore and use them. To achieve this, schools should allow for a wide range of learning experiences in children’s rights education. To encourage children to do so, the challenge for the teacher is to create a setting that is governed by the spirit of democracy and human rights.

Exploring children’s rights is designed for teachers looking for tools to teach human rights to primary school students. It includes 9 small projects with four lessons each.

This book is Volume 5 in the Council of Europe’s series on EDC/HRE.

Link Exploring Children’s Rights – 9 Short Projects for Primary Level

Rights of Children at Risk and in Care

RightsChldrenRisk_en-Enfants_risques_EN-1This book was prepared by Children and families, DGIII – the Directorate General of Social Cohesion. Children should grow up in their families. However, sometimes, when parents are unable to bring up their children or when they represent a danger to them, this is not possible. The child and the parents must then be separated, with the parents’ agreement or on the basis of a court ruling.

Placement must always be an exception and a temporary solution. The harmful effects of institutions on child development having been demonstrated, the aims are to prevent the institutionalisation of children and to reduce the number of children subject to such measures through the development of alternatives. This publication shows the importance of this issue and the necessity of dealing with it in a sensible and cautious way.

Link Rights of Children at Risk and in Care

Violence against Women and Children – Vision, Innovation and Professionalism in Policing, VIP Guide

vipGuide_en-vipguide5121-0-1Violence against women and children – vision, innovation and professionalism in policing, known as the VIP Guide, has been designed to promote awareness amongst police officers of the different forms of violence against women and children, including trafficking. It provides access to vision and understanding which has informed new police responses to violence against women and forms part of human rights training and awareness materials developed by the Council of Europe Police and Human Rights Programme (1997-2000). It was followed by: Police and Human Rights – Beyond 2000, in a bid to continue to work towards enabling all police officers in the Council of Europe member states to gain a sound knowledge of human rights standards which have important implications for policing and to acquire the skills to apply them in their daily practice.

Link Violence against Women and Children – Vision, Innovation and Professionalism in Policing, VIP Guide