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Teaching Controversial Issues in Europe: a six-country pilot

The Citizenship Foundation is advising on a joint EU/Council of Europe programme to train educators in how to teach about controversial issues.

The Training to Teach about Controversial Issues programme will test materials that give teachers of all stages of education more confidence to address controversial issues in class.

The programme has taken on a new significance for European policy-makers since the Charlie Hebdo killings in France.

There is a clear need to provide guidance that takes into account cultural sensitivities but is founded on fundamental principles of democracy and freedom of speech.

Six countries are involved in the programme: Albania, Cyprus, Ireland, Montenegro, Spain and the UK. It is coordinated by Citizenship Foundation representatives David Kerr and Ted Huddleston.

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