As part of the presidency activities, pupils and their teachers in Liechtenstein’s schools will get involved through numerous Council of Europe-related projects. In parallel to the school projects, another project entitled “Menschenrechte ernst gemeint” (“Serious about human rights”) is being launched: NGOs, companies, associations and individuals keen to participate are all encouraged to make a contribution to implementing the Council of Europe’s fundamental values. Our message: We don’t just talk about these fundamental values, we are actively working to put them into practice in Liechtenstein!
For the school projects, different classes and their teachers, from primary level to vocational college, will focus on the Council of Europe, its missions and goals and also the role of Liechtenstein in that organisation.
The projects cover a broad range of activities. Grade 2 primary classes in Balzers will be holding their class council meetings along the lines of a Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly sitting. All the classes in Vaduz community school are participating in a project week on the theme of “diversity, languages, cultures”. An artistic approach is being taken by the pupils of Vaduz secondary modern school, representing human rights in pictures, and by classes in Triesen secondary modern school, who are drawing portraits of people from Council of Europe member States and producing a “happy families”-style card game. Podcasts with interviews of experts on themes such as “education and democracy” or “participatory rights” are being produced by two middle-level classes of the preparatory high school, while an upper secondary class in the same school is working in co-operation with a primary school class from Planken to produce news broadcasts about current events in connection with Liechtenstein’s presidency. Last but not least, two classes in the vocational college will be analysing Liechtenstein’s role as a small State on the international stage.
“Menschenrechte ernst gemeint” (“Serious about human rights”) project
We don’t just talk about the Council of Europe’s fundamental values, we act on them too! Liechtenstein might have already achieved a high level of application of those values today but that is no reason to rest on our laurels. Through the “Serious about human rights” project we are looking to actively contribute to implementing them even better in our country. Members of the public will be invited to enter a competition, submitting their own projects for protecting and promoting the Council’s fundamental values. Their projects must create added value within the country. The three winning projects will then be put into practice, with sponsorship out of a fund totalling CHF 45,000.
Start of the sponsored project competition: November 17th, 2023. Details of the project competition will follow.
Target audience: NGOs, companies, associations, individuals keen to participate