Press release – 287(2007)

Council of Europe Education Ministers in favour of quality education for all

Istanbul, 05.05.2007 – Meeting in Istanbul on 4 and 5 May, on the Council of Europe’s 58th anniversary, the Education Ministers from the 49 signatory States of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe concluded their discussions with the adoption of a final declaration, whereby they undertake to elaborate policies aiming at:

ensuring access to quality education for all, within a society that is more humane and more just, and lifelong learning;
encouraging the active involvement of parents and civic commitment of all actors in society in order to ensure children’s success at school ;
promoting children’s rights, in accordance with European and international legal instruments.

Underlining the fundamental role played by teachers, the participants in the Conference welcomed the Norwegian initiative to set up a Resource Centre on democratic citizenship and intercultural education, working in close liaison with the Council of Europe’s Education Directorate and contributing to its programme.

The Ministers present set as the main objective of the Council of Europe programme of co-operation the development of key competences for democratic culture and social cohesion.

They also expressed the wish that this declaration be fully integrated in the activities of the Council of Europe relating to the preparation of the White Paper on intercultural dialogue.

The final declaration adopted at the end of the conference will be available at

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