Authors: The European Wergeland Centre
To facilitate democratic transformations in schools, EWC has elaborated a special Tool outlining changes a school may wish to make in order to learn and promote a culture of democracy. The document is based on the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights, the Council of Europe Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, the Council of Europe Charter on Youth Participation, the Council of Europe materials on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE), as well as EWC’s experience from project activities in various countries. The Tool was piloted and improved with contribution from the participants within the EWC’s “Schools for Democracy” Programme in Ukraine.
The Tool is guided by the vision that the culture of democracy and human rights can be learned best through a comprehensive democratic school development based on a whole school approach, i.e. coordinated efforts and partnership of all stakeholders in all areas of the school life.
The Tool outlines democratic standards in three main areas of the school life: teaching and learning processes, school environment and governance, and links with the local community.
Link: Tool for Democratic School Development