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Overview of the EDK’s current activities

The EDK’s current activities are described in its programme of activities. The current programme of activities applies to the programme period of 2021–2024. The cantonal ministers of education have defined the following overarching goals for this programme: contributing to the ongoing development of the quality of the Swiss education system, enhancing equity in education, supporting digital transformation, and fostering multilingualism, exchange and mobility.

The programme of activities is designed in accordance with the intercantonal agreements concluded by the EDK.


Intercantonal Agreement on Education Coordination (Schulkonkordat) 1970

The intercantonal Agreement on Education Coordination (dating from1970) forms the legal foundation for the collaboration between the cantons in the area of education.

Based on this agreement, the EDK represents the interests of the cantons vis-à-vis the Confederation, participates in international cooperation, creates and sustains links to other political domains (e.g. migration, social issues), provides support and administrative assistance (e.g. negotiating copyright fees for schools) and conducts projects on the following topics and in the following areas:

  • information on the Swiss education system
  • education monitoring
  • digitalisation
  • language teaching and exchange
  • compulsory education
  • baccalaureate schools
  • upper secondary specialised schools
  • vocational education and training; work, study and career related guidance
  • sports
  • culture


Further agreements (concordats) in the education sector

In addition to this agreement, the work of the EDK is also based on other intercantonal agreements.

  • Diploma recognition agreement: The EDK is responsible for the nationwide recognition of school-related professional diplomas (teacher, professions in special needs education). It recognises upper secondary specialised school diplomas. Together with the Confederation it recognises baccalaureate diplomas.
  • Financing agreements: With the implementation of the intercantonal financing and equal rights agreements, the EDK ensures equal access to educational institutions throughout Switzerland and fair sharing of financial burdens among the cantons.
  • HarmoS concordat: The EDK regularly takes stock of the state of harmonisation regarding key aspects of compulsory education and assesses the achievement of national education standards.
  • Grant concordat: The EDK supports the cantons in the further harmonisation of cantonal grant systems.
  • Special needs education concordat: The EDK supports the cantons in the implementation of special needs education at all school levels.
  • University concordat: The EDK participates in the overall management of university education by the Confederation and the cantons.


Detailed information on the current activities can be found on the German and French language website.

Further informations

EDK General Secretariat
+41 31 309 51 11