Educating for Democracy and Human Rights

Who we are

The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship.

Our work builds on Council of Europe recommendations and policies, such as the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, which was developed to make sure that the values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law are promoted in and through education.

EWC’s main aim is to strengthen the capacity of individuals, educational institutions and educational systems to build and sustain a culture of democracy and human rights.

We were established by the Council of Europe and Norway in 2008 and serve all 47 member states. EWC is governed by a board composed of representatives of the Council of Europe and Norway. Our offices are located in Oslo, Norway.


EWC is based in Oslo and is led by Executive Director Ana Perona-Fjeldstad. 

Governing Board

EWC is governed by a Board with members nominated by the Council of Europe and Norway. The Board is appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. 


EWC collaborates closely with several experts in the field of education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding.


EWC is looking for teacher students based in Norway who would like to work as trainers in our Learning Democracy at Utøya programme.

EEA Grants

EWC and EEA Grants – criteria for selection of partners and projects

Karl Johans gate 2,
NO 0154 Oslo, Norway

Karl Johans gate 2,
NO 0154 Oslo, Norway

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