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Observatory on History Teaching to promote nuanced and critical understanding of the past

The Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media, meeting in hybrid mode in Strasbourg today, stressed the importance of history education in strengthening common values and helping young people acquire a nuanced and critical understanding of the past.

In this respect, the committee welcomed the establishment of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe on 12 November 2020 by the Committee of Ministers, which aims to produce regular reports on the state of history teaching in the participating member States, publish thematic reports and organise annual events.

In adopting the report by Bertrand Bouyx (France, ALDE), the committee encouraged States to join this new instrument (17 members so far), so that experts, policy-makers and history education professionals fully benefit from this knowledge-exchange platform.

The committee called on States to review their education policies to integrate the Council of Europe guiding principles for history education and the Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture.

It also recommended that the Committee of Ministers develop co-operation with the EU and UNESCO within the framework of the Observatory's activities and provide adequate support for the activities of the Council of Europe Education Department, to ensure synergy with the Observatory and viability of the intergovernmental programme.