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European Wergeland Centre

A key educational contribution from the Council of Europe in relation to religious diversity and education has been the establishment of the European Wergeland Centre (EWC) for Intercultural Education, Human Rights and Education for Democratic Citizenship (including the dimension of religion to all these fields). (link to

WRERU has close ties with the Council of Europe-related European Wergeland Centre (EWC) through WRERU’s Director, Professor Robert Jackson, who holds an honorary chair in Religious Diversity and Education at the EWC.

The inauguration of the European Wergeland Centre, which serves all 47 states of the Council of Europe and is based in Oslo, took place in May 2009.


(Ana Perona-Fieldstad speaking at the inauguration)

Professor Robert Jackson accepted an invitation to become hon. Professor of Religious Diversity and Education at the European Wergeland Centre.

One of his tasks will be to promote the dissemination of European research findings in religions and education (including those of the EC funded REDCo Project in which Warwick played a major role), assist in the dissemination of Council of Europe recommendations (notably the Council of Europe Ministerial Recommendation on teaching about religions and non-religious convictions across Europe).



(Professor Jackson speaking at the inauguration. The text of this speech can be accessed here(PDF Document))