The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation (47 member states; headquarters in Strasbourg, France). It aims to create a common democratic and legal area throughout the continent where respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law are ensured. All the Council of Europe’s actions are shaped by these values and by an enduring concern to promote social inclusion and cohesion, and respect for diversity.
For several decades one of the Council’s major education programmes has developed policy and guidelines to promote linguistic diversity and plurilingualism, and reference instruments to support policy and curricula planning in member states (www.coe.int/lang).
The Council of Europe has developed a toolkit to help volunteers and refugees in member states face the linguistic challenges caused by large-scale movements of refugees.
The toolkit comprises the 57 tools and other resources contained in the various sections of this website. Tools can be downloaded (seperately or in bulk) and adapted to meet the needs of different contexts. The website gives a lot of suggestions in the sections Preparation and planning and Activities.
The toolkit is designed to assist organisations, and especially volunteers, providing language support for adult refugees. Throughout the toolkit “refugee” is understood in a broad sense and includes asylum seekers as well as refugees.