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    CM(2004)23 3 February 2004
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    875 Meeting, 10 March 2004
    7 Education and culture


    7.1 Steering Committee for Education (CD-ED)

    Abridged report of the 2nd plenary session (Strasbourg, 22-23 September 2003)

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    The Steering Committee for Education (CD-ED) met in Strasbourg on 22-23 September 2003 with Ms Viljana Lukas (Slovenia) in the Chair.

    The agenda, as adopted, is set out in Appendix I. The list of participants can be obtained from the Secretariat.

    21st SESSION OF THE STANDING CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN MINISTERS OF EDUCATION, ATHENS, 10-12 NOVEMBER 2003

    The CD-ED:

    i. adopted the agenda of the Conference and the programme of the Conference;

    ii. held an in-depth discussion on the form and substance of the draft Declaration;

    iii. took note of the discussions in hand in the Council of Europe on the future of the European Cultural Convention, which would be celebrating its 50th anniversary in December 2004;

    iv. hoped that a document on this theme would be presented at the 21st session of the Standing Conference;

    v. examined and amended the draft Resolution in order to allow better use of Technologies of Information and Communication in the Education Systems;

    vi. thanked the Unesco representative for the major contribution which his organisation would be providing to the theme of the 21st session of the Conference.

    22nd SESSION OF THE STANDING CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN MINISTERS OF EDUCATION, ISTANBUL, TURKEY, 2006

    The CD-ED thanked the Turkish authorities for their invitation to hold the 22nd session of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education in Istanbul in 2006, subject to the approval of the Committee of Ministers.

    INFORMAL CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS OF EDUCATION OF SOUTH-EAST EUROPE,
    ISTANBUL, TURKEY, 2004

    The CD-ED:

    i. thanked the Turkish authorities for their invitation to hold the 3rd Informal Conference of Ministers of Education of South-East Europe in Istanbul and adopted the dates 22-24 April 2004 for this event;

    ii. decided that the theme of the Informal Conference would deal mainly with one aspect of the educational reforms, namely teacher training;

    iii. hoped that there would be a specific discussion of the reform of initial and further training systems and of the link between both types of training, and requested that the use of information and communication technologies in training should be one of the sub-themes addressed;

    iv. stressed the importance of associating with this Conference the Stability Pact and other international organisations that were making a major contribution in this field.

    WORK PROGRAMME

    Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights (EDC)

    The CD-ED:

    i. noted that additional information on the pan-European study on legislation and policies in the field of EDC and the regional EDC studies could be sent to the Secretariat by 20 October 2003 for inclusion in the final version of the work programme;

    ii. hoped that the study conducted in 2001 on South-East Europe would be updated as soon as possible.

    European Year of Citizenship through Education

    The CD-ED:

    i. confirmed its support for the organisation of the “Year” in 2005;

    ii. hoped that one paragraph of the Final Declaration of the 21st session of the Standing Conference would highlight the Education Ministers' interest in the preparation, implementation and successful outcome of the “Year”;

    iii. examined the draft terms of reference of the European Steering Group for the “Year” and hoped that the structures already in place for the Project “Education in Democratic Citizenship” would be used for preparing and implementing the “Year”.

    Teaching about remembrance: education for preventing crimes against humanity

    The Committee took note with interest of the progress of the project, particularly the various publications presented.

    Language policies and language teaching

    The CD-ED:

    i. noted with satisfaction the quality and relevance of the Language Policy Division's programme of activities, and the clear direction adopted in the new initiatives with an increasing emphasis on language policy development and analysis;

    ii. supported the Secretariat's request for the assistance of member states in piloting
    - the Manual for relating Language Examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference, including the production of standardised videos to accompany the Manual;
    - the Guide for Language Education Policies in Europe;

    iii. encouraged countries (or cities, regions) to avail of the offer of Council of Europe expert assistance with a self-evaluation of policy in the Language Education Policy Profile activity;

    iv. approved the application by Lithuania to participate in the Language Education Policy Profile activity in 2004;

    v. approved the introduction of a degree of flexibility concerning the date for celebrating the European Day of Languages;

    vi. supported the proposal to develop a Council of Europe paper on language education policy to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention;

    vii. took note of the preparations and programme for the Final Conference of the European Centre for Modern Languages' 1st medium-term programme (2000-2003) which will also launch the 2ndmedium-term programme (2004-2007);

    viii. encouraged further co-operation between the Language Policy Division and the European Centre for Modern Languages concerning the Manual for the Common European Framework and the European Language Portfolio.

    The European dimension in history teaching

    The Committee took note with interest of the progress of the project.

    Bilateral and regional co-operation and assistance

    The Committee hoped that discussions would be held on the possibilities of transferring the Council of Europe's know-how in this field in order to meet the needs of specified member States.

    European dimension of education

    Programme for the further training of educational staff

    The CD-ED:

    i. was informed of the progress in the evaluation being conducted by Professor Rosselle;

    ii. confirmed the need to ensure that the themes of the European seminars coincided as far as possible with the Council of Europe's priorities, and more particularly with the priority projects in the educational field;

    iii. took note of the conclusions of the 11th plenary meeting of national liaison officers and thanked the German authorities for their joint organisation of this meeting;

    iv. thanked the German authorities and the authorities of the Land of Baden-Württemberg for the very efficient co-operation which they had been conducting in this field with the Council of Europe for 25 years.

    “Europe at School”

    The CD-ED:

    i. reiterated its great interest in and support for this activity, which was attracting increasing numbers of young people without a great cost;

    ii. requested that “Europe at School” should be closely involved in the preparation and implementation of the European Year of Citizenship through Education;

    iii. welcomed the proposal put forward under Integrated Project I “Making democratic institutions work” and Integrated Project II “Responses to violence in everyday life in a democratic society” to invite the national “Europe at School” committees to draw up a “Secondary School Students' Charter for a democratic school without violence”.

    Education policies

    Third Prague Forum on educational reforms in Europe: “Improving quality: ambitions and realities of education” – Prague, 10-12 April 2003

    The CD-ED:

    i. acknowledged the excellent quality of these top-level encounters, which contributed to the debate on priority themes in a spirit of co-operation and dialogue;

    ii. thanked the Czech authorities for their excellent intellectual and material organisation of the Third Forum;

    iii. hoped to be able to continue organising these events.

    The new intercultural challenge to education: religious diversity and dialogue in Europe

    The CD-ED:

    i. took note of the results of the activities conducted as part of the project in 2003;

    ii. expressed reservations about the opinions voiced by the independent experts in the general report of the seminar of experts held in Paris on 12 and 13 June 2003;

    iii. considered that it would be useful to enlarge the group in order to secure a wider range of opinions on the subject;

    iv. encouraged the working group to associate all the Committee members closely with the future activities carried out in the framework of the project;

    v. expressed the importance that the interreligious dialogue represents as part of the intercultural dialogue and which gives this project its specificity.

    Education of Roma/Gypsies

    The CD-ED:

    i. took note of the publications already available and of the various seminars held over the previous year;

    ii. acknowledged the importance of organising transverse activities with the Project “Teaching about remembrance” in connection with the Roma/Gypsy Holocaust;

    iii. thanked the Austrian and Greek authorities for their offer to organise a seminar on the project
    in 2004;

    CROSS-SECTOR CO-OPERATION

    “Learning and teaching in the communication society”
    (joint activity with the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CD-ESR))

    The CD-ED:

    i. suggested various amendments to the draft Resolution and noted that the amended text would also be submitted for examination at the Plenary Session of the CD-ESR on 9 and 10 October 2003;

    ii. agreed to transmit the text as amended by both Committees for adoption to the Standing Conference of Ministers of Education (Athens, 10-12 November 2003);

    Partnerships for renewal in the educational field
    (in co-operation with the CD-ESR)

    i. took note with interest of the many activities included on this programme, which was a major contribution to translating the Council of Europe's standards and intergovernmental work into domestic legislative texts and highly specific projects;

    ii. took note of the great interest displayed by the European Commission in this project, which it was supporting financially.

    Promoting the integrated approach to gender equality at school
    (in co-operation with the Equality Division, DG II, Human Rights)

    The CD-ED:

    i. took note of the two European teacher training seminars for which the Group of Experts on the Promotion of the Integrated Approach to Gender Equality at School would like the member States to submit offers;

    ii. confirmed that the Group of Experts hoped that the theme of the integrated approach to gender equality at school would be taken into account in preparing European Citizenship Year.

    European Portfolio for Non-Formal Education
    (in co-operation with the Directorate of Youth and Sport)

    The CD-ED:

    i. was informed of the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of the Recommendation on the promotion and recognition of non-formal education/learning;

    ii. took note of the decision by the Steering Committee on Youth to implement the Recommendation with a view to developing a European document aimed at taking stock of experiences and skills acquired by young people through non-formal education;

    iii. appointed Mr Marino Ostini (Switzerland) to represent it on the Group of Experts, which would be beginning work in 2004.

    CO-OPERATION AND DIALOGUE WITH OTHER COUNCIL OF EUROPE BODIES, OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND THE OBSERVERS

    The CD-ED:

    i. took note with interest of the various specific proposals for co-operation developed by the representative of the European Commission;

    ii. noted a number of potential synergies between Unesco and the Council of Europe, particularly in the field of language policies.

    Euro-Arab dialogue

    The CD-ED:

    i. was informed of this dialogue, which had been established with Alecso thanks to Unesco;

    ii. welcomed the first practical results, including the participation of Arab teachers in a number of European training seminars;

    iii. gave a favourable opinion on Alecso's participation as an observer at its meetings, subject to reciprocity.

    ELECTIONS OF THE BUREAU

    The CD-ED elected its Bureau, as follows:

    Chair: Ms Viljana LUKAS (Slovenia) for a second one-year term
    Vice-Chair: Mr Jeannot HANSEN (Luxembourg) for a second one-year term
    Other members: Mr César Bîrzéa (Romania), Mr Gabor Boliszar (Hungary)
    and Ms Marie-Josée de Fornel (France) for a second two-year term
    Ms Roy Chourdaki (Greece)
    and Mr Marino Ostini (Switzerland) for their first two-year term

    and noted that Mr Tolga Yagizatli (Turkey) was beginning the second year of his first term as a Bureau member.

    DATE AND PLACE OF THE 2004 PLENARY SESSION

    The Committee decided to hold its 3rd plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 11-12 October 2004.

    APPENDIX I - AGENDA

    1. Opening of the meeting

    2. Adoption of the agenda

    3. Statements by the Chair and the Secretariat

    4. Political initiatives

    4.1. 21st session of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education,
    Athens, 10-12 November 2003.

    4.1.1. Related themes

    a. 50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention

    b. European Year of Citizenship through Education (see item 5.1.2)

    4.1.2. Draft policy texts

    4.1.3. Unesco contribution

    4.1.4. Other contributions

    4.2. 22nd session of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education,
    Istanbul, Turkey, 2006

    4.3. Informal Conference of Ministers of Education of South-East Europe
    Istanbul, Turkey, 2004

    5. Work programme

    5.1. Education for democratic citizenship and human rights (EDC)

    5.1.1. Implementation of EDC project

    5.1.2. All-European study on policies for education for democratic citizenship

    5.1.3. European Year of Citizenship through Education

    5.2. Teaching remembrance: education for the prevention of crimes against humanity

    5.3. Language policies and language teaching

    5.3.1. Language policies

    5.3.2. European Centre for Modern Languages

    5.4. The European dimension in history teaching

    5.4.1. State of progress of the Project

    5.4.2. Bilateral and regional co-operation and assistance

    5.5. European dimension

    5.5.1. In-service training programme for educational staff

    5.5.2. "'Europe at School"

    5.6. Education policies

    5.6.1. Third Prague Forum on educational reforms in Europe: Raising quality, visions and
    realities (10-12 April 2003, Prague)

    5.6.2. The new intercultural challenge to education: religious diversity and dialogue in
    Europe

    5.6.3 Education of Roma/gypsy children

    6. Cross-sector activities

    6.1 "Learning and teaching in the communication society"
    (in co-operation with the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CD-ESR))

    6.2 Seminars to develop EDC policies (in co-operation with Integrated Project No. 1 ("Making democratic institutions work")

    6.3. Local partnerships for preventing and combating violence at school
    (in co-operation with Integrated Project 2 "Responses to everyday violence in a democratic society")

    6.4. Partnerships for educational renewal
    (in co-operation with CD-ESR)

    6.5. Promotion of gender mainstreaming in schools
    (in co-operation with the Equality Division, DG II, Human Rights)

    6.6. European portfolio on non-formal learning
    (in co-operation with the Directorate of Youth and Sport)

    6.7. Draft Convention on Cultural Heritage (in cooperation with the Division for Cultural Heritage)

    7. Co-operation and dialogue with other Council of Europe bodies, other international organisations, and countries and organisations having observer status

    7.1. Other Council of Europe bodies

    7.1.1. Parliamentary Assembly

    7.1.2. Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

    7.2. Other international organisations

    7.2.1. European Commission, Unesco, OECD, OSCE, Nordic Council of Ministers, EFTA

    7.2.2. States with observer status (Canada, Israel, Japan, Mexico, United States of America)

    7.3. Euro-Arab dialogue

    8. Election of the Chair and the Bureau

    9. Date of 2004 plenary meeting

    10. Any other business

    11. Adoption of decisions



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