The important role of education to build and sustain democratic societies is widely recognized and embedded in national education laws and policies of many countries. However, there is often a discrepancy between policies and their implementation in practice.
Yet, many countries are only now undergoing education reforms embracing a more competence-based approach, with a focus on civic competences to prepare children and young people to be active citizens in future.
To successfully implement policies in practice, a number of measures needs to be taken, including professional development of educators, the development and provision of adequate learning materials, and building strong partnerships between different actors in education.
Partnerships with national educational authorities
Expert groups working on policy
OUR EFFORTS IN 2020
To ensure that we achieve our mission to bridge the gap between policy and practice, EWC worked closely with national education authorities when designing and implementing projects based on Council of Europe recommendations and national policies.
We provided advice to policy makers and contributed with our expertise to policy development. We participated in working groups developing new curricula, quality guidelines and teacher professional standards. In addition, EWC provided expertise for policymakers working on new national recommendations on assessment and civic education, bringing in the perspectives of education practitioners. We also supported piloting of new policies in schools.
Importantly, during the pandemic we were able to quickly collect and provide information and evidence on the effects of COVID-19 on teachers, students and NGO´s to policy makers and other key actors in the field.
Recent EWC contributions to policy
A new curriculum for democratic competences in Ukraine
Ukraine recently approved a new competence based curriculum for basic secondary education. “The main change is that students will be offered the possibility to influence more the way things are being taught and that the teachers will have a chance to accommodate the students’ requests, says Roman Shyyan, deputy director of the Reform support team in Ukraine
EWC increases support to Ukrainian education reform
EWC contributed to UNESCO Expert Meeting preparing the Global Education Ministers Conference
Executive Director Ana Perona-Fjeldstad participated at a virtual UNESCO expert meeting on “Education as a Tool for Prevention: Addressing and Countering Hate Speech” May 13-14. 2020. At the meeting experts discussed recommendations ahead of the upcoming Global Education Ministers Conference and Multi-stakeholder Forum on addressing and countering hate speech through education.