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CM(2005)179 25 November 20051
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951 Meeting, 14 December 2005
7 Education and culture


7.2 Steering Committee for Education (CDED) –

Abridged report of the fourth plenary session (Strasbourg, 17-19 October 2005)

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The Steering Committee for Education (CDED) met in Strasbourg on 17-19 October 2005 with M Jeannot Hansen (Luxembourg) in the Chair. Thirty-nine delegations from member states and states signatory to the European Cultural Convention attended the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting appears in Appendix 1. The list of participants and the full documentation can be obtained from the Secretariat.

Third Summit of Heads of State and Government

1. The Committee took note of the priorities set by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe held in Warsaw on 16 and 17 May and undertook to implement them as part of its new projects and programmes for 2006-2009.

50th anniversary of the European Cultural Convention

2. The Committee took note of the main results of the colloquy “European culture: identity and diversity” and of the programme of the Faro Conference.

22nd Session of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education, Istanbul, Turkey,
April 2007

3. The Committee decided to choose the theme of the next session of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education among the priorities of the Third Summit’s Plan of Action, and in particular focus the ministers’ discussions on the following thematic areas: social cohesion, intercultural education and human rights.

It discussed and approved the terms of reference of the ad hoc consultative group which was to prepare the next session.

Work programme 2005 and medium term programme for 2006-2009

4. The Committee responded to the education ministers’ declaration at the 3rd seminar on teaching remembrance through the cultural heritage (May 2005, Cracow and Auschwitz-Birkenau) by deciding to make the Day of Holocaust Remembrance and Prevention of Crimes against Humanity a permanent programme activity.

5. It noted the Czech education Minister’s invitation to his opposite numbers to hold a seminar on teaching remembrance through the cultural heritage at Prague and Terezin on 24 and 25 April 2006, offers to host teacher-training seminars in Austria, Germany, Croatia and Switzerland in connection with Holocaust Remembrance Day, and preparation – financed by a voluntary contribution from the Ministry of the French Community (Belgium) – of worksheets on resistance in Europe from 1914 to 1991.

6. The Committee examined the results of the Project: “The new challenge of intercultural education:
religious diversity and dialogue in Europe” and particularly the work carried out by the editorial group on the methodological guide to the management of religious diversity in schools, to be published in 2006 with the help of a voluntary contribution from the Norwegian Ministry for Education and Research.

7. As a follow-up to the recommendations of the Action Plan, the Committee decided to launch a new project, to run until 2009, on policies and practices for teaching socio-cultural diversity, for which an ad hoc advisory group would be set up.

8. The Committee considered and approved the consolidated report on the second phase (2001-2004) of the Project on Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC), its analysis of the results and its recommendations for the next few years, and took note of the information on the implementation of the European Year of Citizenship through Education the co-ordination of which is entrusted to the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts for the Year (CAHCIT).

9. The Committee approved the draft medium-term programme “Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights”, stressed the importance of closely linking up the results of the European Year of Citizenship through Education and the third phase of the EDC/EHR project and suggested that the third phase should take account of education for sustainable development in its activities so as to build up a link with the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development.

10. The Committee noted the timetable of activities in the current history-teaching project and, further to the recommendations of the Action Plan, approved start-up of a new project, “The image of the Other in history teaching”.

11. The Committee considered the progress concerning the Programme : “Plurilingualism, Diversity, Citizenship” and in particular the Language Education Policy Profiles for Cyprus, Slovenia, Lithuania, the Slovak Republic, Luxembourg, Italy with respect to the region of Lombardy, Ireland and Poland. It approved the applications for the Language Education Policy Profile activity submitted by Armenia and Italy with respect to the region of Valle d’Aosta (11th and 12th applications).

12. The Committee approved the medium-term (2006-2009) programme, “Language policies for democratic citizenship and social cohesion”. It decided to draw up guidelines and a recommendation on linking language examinations to the Common European Reference Framework.

13. It considered progress in 2005 of the project “Education of Roma/Gypsy children in Europe”, and in particular a training guide for Roma school mediators. It approved the activities planned for 2006, whose priorities had been brought into line with the Organisation’s new political context.

14. The Committee took note of progress with the bilateral projects carried out by the Council of Europe in co-operation with Cyprus, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

15. The Committee welcomed the Committee of Ministers initiative aimed at enhancing all opportunities for the training of educators in the fields of education for democratic citizenship, human rights, history and intercultural education and approved the main lines of the new “Pestalozzi” training programme, which would include a special trainer training programme as well as the training programme for education professionals. The Committee hoped that there would be a discussion of ways in which national authorities could recognise the skills acquired by teachers during Council of Europe training courses.

Cross-sectoral co-operation

16. The Committee took note of the activities proposed within the framework of the new cross-sectorial action programme "Children and violence". It appointed one of its members to represent it on the Select Committeee of Experts on Integration of Migrant Children (MG-EN) and another to represent it on the group of experts set up in association with the CDEG to prepare a draft recommendation on gender mainstreaming in schools.

17. The Committee took note of the preparations for the next campaign to be mounted by the Youth Directorate as part of the Plan of Action of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe.

Co-operation and dialogue with other Council of Europe bodies, other international organisations and observers

18. The Committee noted the statements and comments by the representatives of the European Union, UNESCO and the Education and Culture NGO Grouping. It discussed co-operation and joint projects with other international organisations.

19. The Committee considered the proposal made by Civitas International to hold a Transatlantic Conference on Education for Democratic Citizenship jointly with the Council of Europe and hold a debate on the advisability of taking a favourable view of this proposal. It asked the CAHCIT to examine this proposal in more detail while ensuring that the work of the Council of Europe in the context of the European Year of Citizenship through education could be fully presented and broadly disseminated there.

ROUND TABLE DEBATE: “Prevention of violence: contributions by the educational community”, Tuesday 18 October 2005, 2.30 pm-4 pm

20. Further to the Committee of Ministers decision inviting all steering committees to examine their contributions to Council of Europe action on terrorism, a round table was held on the part played by the educational community in violence prevention. In the round table the Committee exchanged views with a number of invited experts: Mr Dominique Bodin (France), Mr Chris Gittins (United Kingdom), Mr Olivier Ischer (Switzerland) and Mr Anatoly Yermolin (Russian Federation).

Revised terms of reference of the CDED

21. The Committee considered and approved the CDED’s revised terms of reference, as set out in Appendix 2 to this document and decided to submit them to the Committee of Ministers for adoption.

Election of the Chair and Vice-Chair and partial renewal of the Bureau

22. The Committee re-elected Mr Jeannot Hansen (Luxembourg) Chair and Mr Cézar Bîrzéa (Romania) Vice-Chair of the Committee for the year 2006.

For the period 2005-2007 it re-elected two Bureau members, Ms Roy Chourdaki (Greece) and Mr Marino Ostini (Switzerland), for a second term, and for a first term it elected Mr Jorma Kauppinen (Finland).

The other three Bureau members are Ms Alida Matkovic (Croatia), Ms Mary-Rose Mifsud (Malta) and Mr Gunnar Mandt (Norway).

Dates of the 9th and 10th Bureau meetings and the 5th plenary session in 2006

23. The Committee decided to hold the 9th Bureau meeting on 20 and 21 March 2006, the 10th Bureau meeting on 6 and 7 June 2006 and its 5th plenary meeting from 18 to 20 October 2006.

Appendix 1

AGENDA

1. Opening of the meeting

2. Adoption of the agenda

3. Statements by the Chair and the Secretariat

4. Third Summit of Heads of State and Government

5. Political initiatives

6. Work programme 2005

7. Draft Medium-Term Programme (2006-2009)

8. Cross-sectoral co-operation

9. Co-operation and dialogue with other Council of Europe bodies, other international organisations and observers

10. ROUND TABLE DEBATE: "Prevention of violence: contributions by the educational community”

11. Revised Terms of Reference of CDED

12. Election of the Chair and Vice-Chair and partial renewal of the Bureau

13. Dates of meetings of 9th and 10th Bureau and the 5th plenary session in 2006

14. Other Business

15. Adoption of decisions

Appendix 2

Draft terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Education (CDED) – 2006-2007

General terms of reference

1. Name of the Committee:

Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

2. Type of Committee:

Steering Committee

3. Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

4. Terms of reference:

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers and in accordance with the European Cultural Convention and the priority areas of intergovernmental co-operation set out in the Declaration and Action Plan of the 3rd Summit of Heads of State and Government adopted on 17 May 2005, the Steering Committee for Education shall:

a. develop and promote European co-operation in the education sector between the States Parties to the Cultural Convention with a view to establishing a European educational area compatible with the Council of Europe’s values and European standards, thereby helping to build a cohesive, pluralist society and consolidate democratic stability throughout Europe;

b. draw up, through consultation and coordination, European education policy measures, which it shall submit to the Committee of Ministers through the Secretary General, and propose appropriate instruments designed to promote:

i. the universal right to quality education,
ii. a culture of democracy and human rights in Europe,
iii. intercultural dialogue with due respect for diversity;

c. monitor the implementation by the States Parties of the measures and non-binding instruments developed under its authority and, to this end, gather data and conduct analyses, studies and evaluations;

d. prepare and follow up the European ministerial conferences on education policy, in line with the relevant decisions of the Committee of Ministers;

e. develop co-operation and exchanges with other countries and organisations, in particular the countries of the southern Mediterranean, on issues falling within its particular field of competence;

f. taking account of the Secretary General’s co-ordinating role, co-operate with the other steering committees, ad hoc committees and all other bodies within the Council of Europe in order to help achieve the objectives set out in a) and b) above, for which the CDED shall assume primary responsibility.

5. Membership of the Committee:

a. The governments of all States Party to the Cultural Convention shall be entitled to appoint members satisfying the following desirable qualifications: persons with high-level responsibility for education policies.

The Council of Europe’s budget shall bear the expenses of one expert per State Party (two in the case of the state whose expert has been elected Chair).

b. The Chair of the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR) shall take part in the Committee's meetings. His/her expenses shall be borne by the Council of Europe’s budget.

c. The European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) may be represented at the Committee's meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

d. The Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may be represented at the Committee’s meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

e. The European Commission may be represented at the Committee’s meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

f. The following observer states with the Council of Europe may send a representative to the Committee’s meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

Canada;
Japan;
Mexico;
United States of America.

g. The following observers with the Committee may send representatives to the Committee’s meetings without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

Israel;
UNESCO;
OECD;
OSCE;
Nordic Council of Ministers;
ALECSO.

h. The Education and Culture Grouping of the NGOs holding participatory status with the Council of Europe may send to the Committee’s meetings, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- one representative of the grouping itself,
- one representative of an NGO representing teachers at the European level,
- one representative of an NGO representing students at the European level.

6. Working methods and structures:

Under its terms of reference, the Committee shall elect an eight-member Bureau.

The Committee may set up working groups to ensure the implementation of its activities.

The Committee may be represented in other projects and cross-sectoral activities carried out by other Council of Europe committees and bodies.

The Committee and its Bureau shall organise their work in compliance with the provisions applicable to intergovernmental co-operation structures laid down by the Committee of Ministers.

7. Duration:

These terms of reference shall be reviewed before 31 December 2007.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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