This is the website of the Council of Europe’s transversal programme “Building a Europe for and with children” which was launched in 2006 in response to a mandate resulting from the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 2005). The Council of Europe’s Strategy on the rights of the child 2012-2015 proposes a vision for the Council of Europe’s role and action in this field, taking into account the progress achieved during the previous policy cycles, the needs expressed by governments and the challenges identified by the international community.
In the current strategy the programme focuses on the following four strategic objectives:
- promoting child-friendly services and systems;
- eliminating all forms of violence against children;
- guaranteeing the rights of children in vulnerable situations;
- promoting child participation.
Building a Europe for and with 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.
Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (Website)
Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (PDF)
The European Language Portfolio (ELP) was developed by the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe
- to support the development of learner autonomy, plurilingualism and intercultural awareness and competence;
- to allow users to record their language learning achievements and their experience of learning and using languages.
European Language Portfolio (ELP)
In order to ensure that plurilingual and intercultural education is explicitly and consistently taken into account in the curricula, a Guide for the development and implementation of curricula for plurilingual and intercultural education was published at the occasion of a Language Policy Forum (Geneva, 2010).
A list of four series of documents prepared for the Geneva forum are available on the website. The full version written by Jean-Claude Beacco, Michael Byram, Marisa Cavalli, Daniel Coste, Mirjam Egli Cuenat, Francis Goullier & Johanna Panthier can also be downloaded.
Guide for the Development and Implementation of Curricula for Plurilingual and Intercultural Education
This website introduces the European Language Portfolio and provides links to key reference documents and accredited ELP models. In addition, it offers guidelines for developing and registering ELP models in accordance with the Coomon European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Guide for Developers of a European Language Portfolio
This publication edited by David Little is aimed at language teacher educators and language teachers who are preparing to use the ELP with their learners. It is the result of an ECML project “Training teachers to use the European Language Portfolio” carried out in the Centre’s 2004-2007 programme. The project was designed to contribute to the dissemination and implementation of Council of Europe political concepts – especially plurilingualism, pluriculturalism and education for democratic citizenship – by supporting the widespread and effective use of the ELP and (by implication) the Common European Framework of Reference.
Preparing Teachers to Use the European Language Portfolio (Book)
Preparing Teachers to Use the European Language Portfolio (Website)
Language education policy profiles written between 2002 and 2010 about 16 countries and regions with descriptions of guidelines and procedures are available on this website.
“The Language Policy Division offers expertise to assist member States who so wish in reflecting upon their language education policy. This activity provides member States (or regions and cities) with the opportunity to undertake a self-evaluation of their policy in a spirit of dialogue with Council of Europe experts, with a view to focusing on possible future policy developments within the country. Developing a Language Education Policy Profile does not mean external evaluation. It is a process of reflection by the authorities and involving civil society, together with the Council of Europe experts who have the function of acting as catalysts in this process.”
Language Education Policy Profiles
News on the Activities of the Language Policy Division