The Council of Europe project “Free to Speak - Safe to Learn” Democratic Schools for All ended in 2022.
The main aim of the project was to highlight the commitment to democratic values and principles in the life and culture of schools in Council of Europe’s member states.
The Council of Europe has developed the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, which sets out, for the first time, the core values, skills, attitudes and critical knowledge and understanding that every citizen needs in order to be active in a democratic society.
Individuals are not born with these competences; they need to be learned. The project drew on the work done in many schools for a Culture of Democracy and, through the lens of the Framework, aims to provide a “common working language” for schools all over Europe.
The Project “Free to Speak - Safe to Learn” Democratic Schools for All' was related to the work of the Education Department which is part of the Directorate of Democratic Participation within the Directorate General of Democracy and Human Dignity ("DGII") of the Council of Europe.
Competences for Democratic Culture
The Democratic Schools Network
Schools are the very heart of the project ‘Free to Speak - Safe to Learn-Democratic Schools for All’. The project wishes to give voice to teachers, students, school leaders, and parents across Europe and make known the work they do to develop democratic and inclusive schools.
Schools across Europe were encouraged to join the Democratic Schools Network.
Click on the map to go to the dedicated country webpage. It displays the list of the schools which were members of the Democratic Schools Network in each country. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about their project(s).