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Observatory on history teaching to strengthen common values and promote a critical understanding of the past

Bertrand Bouyx (France, ALDE)

At the end of a special event organised in the hemicycle on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the Assembly underlined the crucial importance of history education in strengthening common values and helping young people acquire a critical understanding of the past with all its complexities.

In this respect, the Assembly 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, whose mission is to produce regular reports on the state of history teaching in the participating member States, publish thematic reports and organise annual conferences and events.

In adopting a resolution on the basis of the report by Bertrand Bouyx (France, ALDE), PACE called for the member States to join this new instrument (17 members so far), in order to fully benefit from this knowledge-exchange platform for experts, policy makers and history education professionals

PACE 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.

Finally, while acknowledging the subsidiarity principle and independence of the EU member States to decide freely on policies in education and history teaching, PACE encouraged the participation of the EU in the activities of the Observatory and its support to co-operation programmes.