985th meeting – 31 January 2007

Appendix 17
(Item 7.2)

Terms of reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on History Education (ED-HIST)

Fact sheet

Name of Group:

Ad hoc Advisory Group on History Teaching (ED-HIST)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

2006/DGIV/898 – Intercultural Dialogue and The Image of The Other In History Teaching

Project relevance:

1. Summit Action Plan Chapter:
III – Building a more humane and inclusive Europe
6. Fostering Intercultural Dialogue.
2. Contribution to core values:
The history teaching project contributes to the development of citizenship education, tolerance, mutual respect, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion.
3. Committee of Ministers’ decisions:
In addition to the Action Plan, the project’s aims and objectives also refer in particular to the Faro Declaration on the Council of Europe’s Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue. The project also refers directly to Article 2 of the European Cultural Convention.
4. Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards:
The project aims at implementation of Recommendation Rec(2001)15 on History Teaching in Europe in the 21st century and its follow-up.
5. Relevance to Council of Europe’s country strategies and country-specific
needs:
The intergovernmental project and bilateral and regional assistance activities are closely linked.
6. Timeliness of the project:
The growing attention to cultural diversity and its national and international political context call for adaptation and reforms of history teaching as a contribution to citizenship education and intercultural dialogue.

Project added value:

1. Council of Europe as leading agency, most important facilitator:
Since 1949, the Council of Europe is the only European intergovernmental organisation active in history teaching. Recommendation Rec(2001)15 is the only political text of reference in this area.
2. Project covering new ground:
The issue of “The Image of the Other in History teaching” will be looked at taking into account the current situation of cultural diversity. Its consequences for curricula, teaching tools, methodology and teacher training have to be clarified and exemplified.
3. Possibility of partnerships with other international organisations:
Links and co-operation with other international intergovernmental organisations (UNESCO, ALECSO, Anna Lindh Foundation…) are already established as well as with INGOs (Euroclio, European Teachers’ Association and INGOs with participative status).
4. Avoiding duplication:
Links and synergies have been established with projects dealing with cultural diversity in other educational frameworks and in social, cultural and youth activities. The project also contributes to the elaboration of the “White paper on Intercultural Dialogue”.
5. Reasons for entrusting the Group with these terms of reference:
The different kinds of experience and expertise needed have to be put together at the different steps of the project including in particular when synthesis and final recommendations will be prepared.

Financial information:

One meeting of the Group a year (11 participants).

Annual budget: €16 950, of which €10 000 for reimbursement of meeting participation; €3 900 for interpretation; €3 000 for translation; €50 for document production.

Terms of reference of the Ad hoc Advisory Group on History Teaching (ED-HIST)

1. Name of Group: Ad hoc Advisory Group on history teaching (ED-HIST)

2. Type of Group: Ad hoc Advisory Group

3. Source of terms of reference: Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

4. Terms of reference:

    Having regard to:

    the Declaration and the Action Plan adopted by the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, May 2005); the Declaration on the Council of Europe’s Strategy for Developing Intercultural Dialogue adopted at the Closing Conference of the 50th Anniversary of the European Cultural Convention (Faro, October 2005); Recommendation Rec(2001)15 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on history teaching in 21st century Europe;

    Under the authority of the Steering Committee for Education (CDED) and in relation with the implementation of the Project 2006/DG4/898 on “Intercultural dialogue and image of the other in history teaching” (2006-2009) of the Programme of Activities, the Group is instructed to:

i. advise the Steering Committee for Education on the implementation of this project;

ii. make proposals on activities to be carried out within the framework of this project;

iii. ensure the implementation of the project, in particular, with regard to the production of pedagogical material, summary reports and conclusions;

iv. take account of and contribute to the activities implemented in the framework of the intercultural dialogue and of the relevant resolutions of the Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education;

v. submit an annual report to the CDED on the progress of the project;

vi. carry out an evaluation of the work done in the framework of the project before the end of 2008 and advise the CDED on further steps to be taken.

5. Composition of the Group:

5.A Members

i. The Group shall be composed of 11 members to be appointed by the Secretary General:

      - 1 member from the Steering Committee on Education;
      - 3 historians with specialised experience in the areas covered by the project;
      - 2 specialists in training teachers of history and related disciplines;
      - 1 specialist in pedagogical activities carried out in museums or other historical resource centres;
      - 1 ministerial administrator with experience in history teaching;
      - 1 representative from the media having special interests in history and the learning of history;
      - 2 representatives from European teaching associations (EUROCLIO and the European Association of Teachers – AEDE).

ii. The Council of Europe budget will bear their travel and subsistence expenses.

5.B Participants

i. The Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR), the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT), the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage (CDPAT), the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) and the North-South Centre may send representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding Council of Europe budget sub-heads.

ii. The Parliamentary Assembly may send representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iii. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iv. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights may send representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

v. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) may send representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

vi. The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

5.C Other participants

      The following intergovernmental organisations may send representatives to meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

      - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);
      - The Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO);
      - The Anna-Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures.

5.D Observer

      The following non-governmental organisation may send representatives to the meetings of the Group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

      - Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.

6. Working methods and structures:

      Under its terms of reference, the ED-HIST shall have the opportunity to have whatever contacts or engage in whatever consultations it deems necessary with the various Council of Europe sectors, and with experts, NGO representatives and interested professionals, in particular on the occasion of hearings or by means of written consultations.

7. Duration:

      These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2008. They may be renewed after the assessment of the work done in 2008.



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