e-DARE (Issue 09/2010)

 

Newsletter on Human Rights Education
and Education for Democracy
Published by the DARE project and the DARE network

Issue 09/2010 (21 September 2010)

Links: e-DARE archive, DARE blog


 Table of contents

01. Letter from the Chair
02. Citizenship Reloaded: DARE Focus Meeting and Policy Recommendations
03. Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion: Textbook for NGO practitioners published online
04. Deliberating in a Democracy - a good practice guide
05. Results of impact assessment by HREA now available
06. Call for papers for special edition of journal Education, Citizenship and Social Justice

07. DARE General Assembly accepts EDC/HRE key players as new members
08. ”Will they become subjects or citizens?” Young people’s active citizenship competences in Hungary
09. Sonnenberg is planning another Spring Academy on Human Rights education
10. Call for Candidates for the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights 2010
11. International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICSS) - Report on initial findings
12. Third issue in the Research in Human Rights Education Papers Series published
13. BEMIS film events in Human Rights Education 2010/2011
14. Dream Citizen – an educational programme on active citizenship for schools
15. European Commission and Council of Europe kick off joint talks on EU's accession to the Convention on Human Rights
16. New publication: Students' Perspectives on Schooling
17. DARE Video 5: Yulia Pererva (CoE) on the relevance of the EDC/HRE Charter for NGOs
18. Free and responsible” – joint human rights education programme for Hungarian high-schools and communities
19. Exploring Human Rights Dilemmas through Simulations
20. Global Education Newsletter Nº 73 - Summer 2010
21. Introductory e-course on the rights of refugees
22. HIA France Runs Diversity Workshop for EU Civil Society and Releases Educational Toolbox
23. European Projects addressed to Schools
24. Updates from the Citizenship Foundation

Editorial




 1. Letter from the Chair

Dear DARE Network members, friends and colleagues,

This is a time of endings and hopefully new beginnings. Wim Taelman, one of the co-founders and engines behind our network and long-time Board member, has stepped down as Treasurer of DARE, Our Grundtvig funding will also come to an end this year. As for new beginnings, DARE's General Assembly (Vilnius, 3 July) welcomed eight new members. The General Assembly also approved a proposal by the Board to develop a new membership fee structure, In the meantime, through DARE's Synchronised Action Days 2010 you can showcase the many different activities in the field.
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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 2. Citizenship Reloaded: DARE Focus Meeting and Policy Recommendations


The DARE Focus Meeting “Citizenship Reloaded: The Demand for `Active Citizenship´ in Europe and its Implications for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE)" in Vilnius/Lithuania, July 1-3, 2010, brought together 37 stakeholders from 16 European countries. They explored challenges for EDC/HRE under rapidly changing European policy frames.

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The policy recommendations can be found here...

Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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 3. Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion: Textbook for NGO practitioners published online

The conference "Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe through Education for Democratic Citizenship / Human Rights Education” was jointly organised by BEMIS and DARE. The conference textbook is now published online.
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Anne Stalfort, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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 4. Deliberating in a Democracy – a good practice guide

This quite special book will hopefully give the readers an idea of what some Romanian high school teachers participating in the “Deliberating in a Democracy” Project have been doing for the last three years thanks to a very generous grant offered by the US Department for Education. In July 2007 the “Friendship Ambassadors” Association and some high schools in Dambovita county joined the project carried out by the Street Law Inc. and two branches of the Constitutional Rights Foundation (in Chicago and Los Angeles).
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Corina Leca, Romanian project co-ordinator Deliberating in a Democracy (Romania)

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 5. Results of impact assessment by HREA now available

In 2008 and 2009, HREA conducted an impact assessment of Amnesty International's human rights education programmes in ten countries. Amnesty International's Rights-Education-Action-Programme (REAP) focuses on "multipliers", people who through their work or position in society can teach or influence many others. Teachers, for example, are multipliers who work with school-children.
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Felisa Tibbitts, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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 6. Call for papers for special edition of journal Education, Citizenship and Social Justice

This call for papers invites submissions by 30 November 2010. Professor Audrey Osler is keen to attract high quality papers from across the region and hopes you will consider submitting a paper and forwarding this call for papers to interested colleagues and graduate students.
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Audrey Osler, University of Leeds (UK)

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 7. DARE General Assembly accepts EDC/HRE key players as new members

At DARE´s General Assembly on 3rd July 2010 in Vilnius 7 new member organisations joined the DARE network. For a strong commitment of Europe for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education strong NGO´s are evidently needed. The DARE network is proud to welcome again further key organisations from various levels of NGO work as new members!
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Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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 8. ”Will they become subjects or citizens?” Young people’s active citizenship competences in Hungary
A secondary analysis of international databases

The Active Citizenship Foundation, Hungary carried out a secondary research analysis in partnership with the TÁRKI-TUDOK Knowledge Management and Educational Research Centre. Our study aimed to examine how young people define the concept of citizenship, and whether this awareness goes hand in hand with such values and skills that promote democratic action.
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Eniko Pap, Active Citizenship Foundation (Hungary)

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 9. Sonnenberg is planning another Spring Academy on Human Rights education

After the great success of 2009 “Methods of Human Rights Education in Youth Work”, we plan to facilitate another training course for international multipliers focusing on a certain aspect of Human Rights Education activities. The training course is going to take place at International House Sonnenberg in the beautiful Harz Mountains (Germany) from April 4th to 11th 2011.
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Katja Pötzsch-Martin, Internationalen Haus Sonnenberg (Germany)

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 10. Call for Candidates for the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights 2010

UNESCO is inviting Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, and non-governmental organizations maintaining formal relations with UNESCO working in the field of human rights, to nominate candidates for the second edition of the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights.
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 11. International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICSS) - Report on initial findings

The 2009 IEA study of civic and citizenship education (ICCS) investigated the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in modern societies. It reports on student knowledge and understanding of civics and citizenship as well as student attitudes, perceptions and activities related to civics and citizenship.
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Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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 12. Third issue in the Research in Human Rights Education Papers Series published)

The third issue of the Research in Human Rights Education Papers Series has been published. The paper by Dr. Kevin Chin describes facilitators' educational beliefs about human rights education. "Exploring Facilitators' Beliefs about Human Rights Education: Evidence of Universal and Local Influences" indicates that educational beliefs are both significant factors and viable research foci involved in the professional practices of facilitators working in non-formal contexts.
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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 13. BEMIS film events in Human Rights Education 2010/2011
Celebrating Human Rights Days of the UN Calendar

BEMIS is screening series of Human Rights Education events in Scotland, Empowering Scotland's diverse Ethnic and Cultural Minority & Migrant Communities, in partnership with Glasgow University GRAMNet. The proposed plan which covers some of the main United Nations Observances, concerns itself with issues vis-à-vis human rights in general, and more specifically with issues relevant to both GRAMNet and BEMIS’ activities. The film series planned throughout the year represent an excellent example of Human Rights Education among the general public.
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Tanveer Parnez, BEMIS (UK)

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 14. Dream Citizen – an educational programme on active citizenship for schools

Active Citizenship Foundation is reaching the end of a 2-year process of developing an educational package on active citizenship to be used in schools with children between 10 and 14 years old.
The „Dream Citizen” programme’s main aim is to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of 10-14 years old children in relation to active citizenship in general, and by using the programme to change the school climate into an environment that nurtures democratic values and a respect for human rights.

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Eniko Pap, Active Citizenship Foundation (Hungary)

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 15. European Commission and Council of Europe kick off joint talks on EU's accession to the Convention on Human Rights

In July 2010 official talks started on the European Union's accession to the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, marked the beginning of this joint process at a meeting in Strasbourg. They discussed how to move the process forward so that citizens can swiftly benefit from stronger and more coherent fundamental rights protection in Europe.
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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 16. New publication: Students' Perspectives on Schooling

Students' Perspectives on Schooling explores how schools might be transformed for the better, by giving greater weight to the views of students in line with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Osler explores various arguments for involving learners in decision-making processes, including:

* The potential benefits to schools and the wider community
* Moral and legal reasons based on human rights principles
* Gaining fresh insights into the processes of teaching and learning
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 17. DARE Video 5: Yulia Pererva (CoE) on the relevance of the EDC/HRE Charter for NGOs

In a video interview Yulia Pererva (Council of Europe) explains the ratio behind the recently adopted Council of Europe “Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education” and its relevance for NGOs.
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This video is part of the DARE video library.

Other video interviews on “Citizenship Reloaded: The Demand for `Active Citizenship´ in Europe and its Implications for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE)":

 - Niamh O´Reilly (AONTAS) explains how the Irish National Qualification Framework embraces non-formal education, and how that might ultimately lead to obtaining a PHD degree without ever having participated in the formal education systems.

- Frank Elbers (HREA) on elements of the drafting process of the recently adopted Council of Europe “Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education” and its importance as a lobbying tool for NGOs.

- Gintaras Stepanovicius (Lithuanian Minister of Education) on the relevance of Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship and the key role of NGOs.

- Britta Lejon (EAEA) explains the challenges of the Europe 2020 program for adult education, and points out that adult education is a part of the solution of the current crisis.

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 18. Free and responsible – joint human rights education programme for Hungarian high-schools and communities

This unique program is the joint effort of several activist NGOs and one government agency which work on topics ranging from sustainability, youth work and women’s rights to the work with disadvantaged groups such as ethnic minorities or the homeless. In the pilot phase the NGOs joined forces to offer a whole semester of human rights education workshops, each time a different organisation providing educational activities within their expertise. The coordinators of the programme worked closely with the schools in order to prepare and to process the workshops provided by members of the cooperation.
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Eniko Pap, Active Citizenship Foundation (Hungary)

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 19. Exploring Human Rights Dilemmas through Simulations

Humanity in Action has developed innovative simulations on human rights dilemmas for use in youth and adult education.

The topics of the simulations are:
* 1989 Regime Changes in Europe
* Transitional Justice in Post-Conflict Societies
* Roma Rights in the European Union
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Anne Stalfort, Humanity in Action (Germany)

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 20. Global Education Newsletter Nº 73 - Summer 2010
Global Education News is an electronic newsletter where national global education coordinators or practitioners can share global education news and best practices, useful thematic links and educational materials. It also serves as a medium for the North-South Centre global education network national coordinators' own use.

Dear educators,
Dear friends,

In the context of NSC 20th anniversary celebration, we would like to invite you to get acquainted to the outcomes of the Round Table "The 21st Century, a century of global interdependence and solidarity" among other events organised for the anniversary.
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 21. Introductory e-course on the rights of refugees

HREA launched an introductory e-course on the rights of refugees and displaced persons. This e-course gives an overview of the institutions and mechanisms that serve to protect refugees and internally displaced persons. It combines text with rich multimedia, including videos and podcasts. Knowledge checks and quizzes engage the learner and reinforce the knowledge learned.
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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 22. HIA France Runs Diversity Workshop for EU Civil Society and Releases Educational Toolbox

Fifteen European civil society members, including HIA Senior Fellows, came from Sweden, Denmark, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Romania, the Czech Republic, France and Germany to take part in the workshop. The participants engaged in a series of seminars and interactive games focused on exposing some of the obstacles facing healthy public debate on crucial minority rights issues, and developing skills for facilitating such debates.
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The toolbox

Humanity in Action

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 23. European Projects addressed to Schools

The projects below are coordinated by Pixel (http://www.pixel-online.net), an Education and Training Institution based in Florence, with certified quality system in compliance with the standard UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 and accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and by the Tuscany County Council.
The projects are addressed to secondary school teachers, with the aim of improving educational methods through the application of new technologies and of supporting interaction and collaboration between schools in different European countries.
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Stefano Zanini, Pixel

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 24. Updates from the Citizenship Foundation

What is InterACT?
InterACT supports groups of 16-25 year old refugees and asylum seekers to come together with locally resident young people, to identify joint issues of concern to them and their communities and to develop campaigns to tackle them.

What is Act Global?
Act Global is a project that engages students with global citizenship and supports them in taking action on poverty related issues. The project has been funded by DFID and is being delivered jointly by Relief International UK and the Citizenship Foundation. Act Global aims to support young people’s learning about global issues, as well as supporting schools in their delivery of citizenship, geography and the global dimension.
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Ruxandra Ratiu, Citizenship Foundation (UK)

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 Editorial

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