European Wergeland Centre (EWC)
The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a European resource centre for education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding. It was established in 2009 by the Council of Europe and Norway. EWC’s mandate is to support Council of Europe member states in the implementation of Council of Europe educational polices. EWC serves all 47 member states of the Council of Europe, by offering policy support, expertise and capacity building programs for practitioners, trainers, researchers, policymakers and the public at large. EWC activities and services, based on the shared values of the Council of Europe and Norway, are free of charge and available for all.
Key topics for EWC, within the scope of education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding, are:
• democratic culture
• inclusive education
• prevention of discrimination and racism
• prevention of hate speech, extremism and radicalization
• teaching controversial issues
• democratic school governance
• peaceful conflict resolution
EWC’s programs target education professionals, policy makers, and other stakeholders in education who are able and in a position to act as multipliers locally and nationally. EWC works closely with policy actors such as the Council of Europe and national Ministries of Education in several European countries. In line with the Centre’s mandate to bridge policy and practice, EWC has established a wide network of partners in higher education institutions such as universities and national teacher training institutes, NGO’s and individual experts working in the field of education for democratic citizenship and human rights.
EWC currently has an international staff of ten members. It is a foundation following Norwegian law and regulations. An annual grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Education secures the administration of the Centre, while most activities are funded by project grants from different sources. A Board appointed by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Minister of Education of Norway governs EWC.