‘Democracy & Human Rights at School’ Comic Strip Contest

Deadline: 24 December 2013
Open to: students up to secondary school leaving age
Prize: winning projects will receive great media visibility and on-line exposure on the Internet sites of the European institutions


The Pilot Project Scheme “Human Rights and Democracy in Action” supported by the European Commission and the Council of Europe is pleased to announce a comic strip competition on the theme of “Democracy and human rights at school.”

The competition gives students a chance to express their views of democracy and human rights as they see it in their daily lives at school. Selection will be done through on-line consultation. The winning entries will then be integrated in one or several short animated film(s) on this specific subject.

The comic strip should tell a story. It may include written messages and/or dialogues, with a maximum of 8 frames (within max. one page). More than one entry may be submitted per student(s). Entries may be in English, French or German. Any other official European language is, of course, welcome, with a translation in one of these three languages.

The project should be simple, giving a clear and direct message about one or several basic principles of the Charter on Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in the context of schools, e.g. participation in decision-making, value of diversity, peace, respect for human dignity, equal chances and opportunities.


The contest is open to students up to secondary school leaving age.


The winning projects will receive great media visibility and online exposure on the Internet sites of the European institutions, the Council of Europe and the partners in its many networks. The 10 top entries will be celebrated as a major contribution to citizenship and human rights education and will be included in one or several short-film(s)/animation(s) which will be commissioned afterwards.


Deadline for submitting the entries: 24 December 2013. PDF files should be mailed to the following address: comicstrip.competition@coe.int.

The comic strip should not have any sign identifying its authors, so as to allow for neutral online appraisal by the general public.

In addition to his/her submittal, the participating student(s) will supply a brief explanatory note complete with the designer’s name, e-mail address, telephone number, as well as the data of the institution (school) where the participants are registered. Incomplete identification will be a cause of ineligibility in the context of the competition.

The comic strip competition will be widely announced on all the websites of the Council of Europe partners, associates and networks active in the field of citizenship and human rights education. The public in the European civil society will be invited to visit the website HERE and to vote online for comic strip(s) which they most like. The final selection will reflect both the votes from the public and the votes from an Ad Hoc Selection Committee ensuring the best entries do reflect the values and philosophy of education for citizenship and human rights.

More information is available on the official call for applications HERE.

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