The Council of Europe has been developing a Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, for use in primary and secondary schools and higher education and vocational training institutions throughout Europe as well as national curricula and teaching programmes.
The initiative came from Andorra during its Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers and since December 2013 the project has been developed by an international and interdisciplinary expert group. The mandate is to develop non-prescriptive guidelines and descriptors for competence for democratic culture and intercultural dialogue that national authorities and education institutions can use and adapt as they see fit.
The Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) was officially launched in Copenhagen on 23-24 April 2018 during the conference “Democratic Culture – from words to action”.
The Framework itself comprises three volumes:
The first contains the Model of Competences. The 20 competences are divided into four areas – Values, Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge and critical understanding – and accompanied by information about the background to the model, how it was developed and how it is intended to be used.
Volume 2 contains a series of statements setting out learning targets and outcomes for each competence. These descriptors are intended to help educators design learning situations that enable them to observe learners’ behaviour in relation to a given competence. The descriptors were tested by volunteer schools and teachers in 16 member states.
Volume 3 offers guidance on how the Model of Competences might be used in six education contexts. http://www.coe.int/competences