Josef Huber & Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard

Josef Huber & Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard
Teacher education for change: The Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe


What is the main role for teachers today? Why is the Council of Europe dealing with education, and teacher education in particular? How is educational thinking guided by visions of a future society desirable for all?

How, in the midst of a fierce battle for curriculum time, can education for human rights, democracy and mutual understanding be embedded in the existing curricula?

What are the values underlying our educational visions?

The aim of this presentation is to offer a few answers to these and many other questions. Above all, its purpose is to contribute to the ongoing debate, more necessary than ever, on the role of teachers and teacher education in the broader context of teaching and learning for a sustainable democratic society.




Josef Huber works in the Education Directorate of the Council of Europe, where he is currently responsible for activities in the field of intercultural education and for the “Pestalozzi Programme”, the Council of Europe programme for the training of education professionals.

Up until July 2006 he was involved in the Council’s Higher Education and Research Division and was responsible for the organisation of two Higher Education fora on higher education governance (2005) and on the responsibility of higher education for a democratic culture (2006) and co-editor of the ensuing publications.

From 1998 to 2004, as Head of Programmes and Deputy Executive Director of the European Centre for Modern Languages he was responsible for the Centre’s programme of activities and research and development projects and its publications series on language learning and teaching, intercultural communication and language education policy.

He was involved in language education policy development by the Austrian Ministry of Education between 1992 and 1998 and a language teacher in schools and at universities in Austria and abroad before that.

Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, social psychologist, has worked in the area of intercultural communication, education and leadership training for the past 20 years. Her professional activities in Paris (France) and Seattle (U.S.A.) for 15 years have been in accord with her militant engagement: giving voice to those who are disenfranchised; giving tools helping marginalized communities to organize and have their dignity restored by their active participation. She has worked in poor relinquished neighbourhoods with immigrant and refugee communities offering community leadership training and capacity building mostly in education and literacy projects.

Today, and since 2006, she is coordinating international teacher education programmes, facilitating a pan-European community of practice geared toward educational issues related to living together in mutual understanding and promoting education for democracy. Her partners are the Council of Europe, the European Wergeland Center (Norway), the Anna Lindh Foundation (Egypt), and French training institutions for teachers and social workers.

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