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Promoting education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in Eastern Partnership Countries: discussion on project results

28 November 2017 Tbilisi
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Promoting education for democratic citizenship and human rights education in Eastern Partnership Countries: discussion on project results

What has been achieved after the implementation of the Joint Programme on Promoting Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE) in Eastern Partnership countries? A conference took place on 21-22 November in Tbilisi, Georgia with the aim to bring together educational professionals and decision makers from the Eastern Partnership countries so that they could exchange experiences, lessons learnt, discuss project results achieved and future opportunities for the EDC/HRE implementation in the future.

Mr Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, opened the closing conference stressing that inclusive education too is an important priority of the government of Georgia. “With the joint support of the European Union and the Council of Europe, the work carried out within the Eastern Partnership (…)allows sharing the partner countries’ experience, which in turn is the key factor to success” he stated.

 

GEORGIA: Conference on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education, Tbilisi, 21-22 November 2017

 

This regional project raises awareness of the main principles of EDC/HRE at the policy level and facilitates the practical implementation of the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, (an important reference point for all of Europe), in national education systems.

The project supports integration and/or further development of EDC/HRE in national education systems by facilitating the revision and enhancement of school curricula, development of capacity of educational professionals to teach and promote EDC/HRE and piloting EDC/HRE materials in schools of 6 countries. It also serves to constitute networks of cooperation between different education systems in the Eastern Partnership countries.

EDC/HRE represents an innovative educational approach based on the founding values of the Council of Europe and aims to develop competences and attitudes of all citizens, who will make democratic institutions and laws work in practice.  

This activity took place as part of the Partnership for Good Governance, the European Union and the Council of Europe are working in partnership with Eastern Partnership countries to promote Human rights education and democratic citizenship.


Specific objective 1: support the alignment of human rights policies and practice by ensuring compliance of legislative and regulatory frameworks with European standards and capacity-building for legal professionals and National Human Rights Institutions, including the reinforcement of Ombudsmen Offices

Indicators:

  • relevant national legislation is in place and/or amended in line with European human rights standards (criminal justice, social rights, non-discrimination, data protection, social rights).
  • institutional mechanisms and structures are in place and/or operational (e.g. Human Rights Centres, Focal Points and mechanisms as required by conventions, institutionalised consultation procedures).
  • relevant professional groups have knowledge about human rights standards and are able to apply them in their work.
  • relevant national training organisations have strengthened capacity to continuously and sustainably train their target groups on human rights standards.
  • interaction between civil society and authorities in the democratic decision-making process is reinforced.
  • national parliaments have increased awareness of the necessity to revise national legislation and bring it in line with the European Social Charter (revised) as ratified by their country.

 

Specific objective 2: support the full execution of the European Court of Human Rights judgments through reinforcement of parliamentary involvement

Indicators:

  • increased awareness of members of parliaments in the EaP countries’ on the existing parliamentary mechanisms to ensure execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments.
  • increased compliance of the national legal framework with the European Convention of Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.
  • parliamentary committees’ staffs have better capability to assist MPs in ensuring compatibility of national legislation with the ECHR and compliance with European Court of Human Rights case-law.