e-DARE (Issue 2011/03)

 

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

Issue 2011/03 (30 March 2011)
Deadline for contributions for the next issue: 20 June 2011
Publication:
23 June 2011


 Table of contents

01. Letter from the Chair
02. DARE/ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP FOUNDATION PUBLICATION: A Europe of Active Citizens
03. DARE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Training "Education Strategies against Right-Wing Extremism and Group-Focused Enmity in Europe" (Werftpfuhl/Berlin, 22-28 May 2011)
04. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Study Sessions with the European Youth Centre
05. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Workshop "Knowledge and competences needed in building, developing and strengthening local community" (Vilnius, 17-23 April 2011)
06. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Training Session on the UPR (Geneva, 30 September - 6 October 2011)

07. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 8th International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (Lucerne, 24-25 May 2011)
08. CONFERENCE: EU: Results of the Action Plan on adult learning discussed in Budapest
09. MATERIALS: Russian version of Compendium of Good Practice in HRE now available
10. MATERIALS: European pack for visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum - Guidelines for teachers and educators
11. MATERIALS: Promoting Rights in Schools: providing quality public education resource pack
12. MATERIALS: Human Rights factsheets - Rights and freedoms in practice: teaching resources
13. PUBLICATION: "Human Rights Education, Reflections on Theory and Practice"
14. PUBLICATION: Online textbook about the EU
15. PUBLICATION: Protecting Refugees information pack (COE/UNHCR)
16. PUBLICATION: EDC/HRE Volume I: Educating for democracy - Background materials on democratic citizenship and human rights education for teachers
17. PUBLICATION: Integrating immigrants: New Study ranks countries in Europe, including on citizenship and political participation, anti-discrimination
18. PUBLICATION: EU FRA: First Comprehensive Guide to European Non-discrimination Law Launched
19. PROJECT: Youth-related Risks and Dangers
20. OPINION: Changing society with revolution
21. NEWS: EU ratifies disability rights treaty
22. NEWS: Hammarberg: Effective national agencies are neede to prevent discrimination
23. NEWS: 21 March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
24. NEWS: COE: Inter-institutional Meeting Launches a Contact Group on Citizenship and Human Rights Education
25. NEWS: 8 March 2011 - International Women's Day
26. NEWS: The European Wergeland Centre - Newsletter 20

Editorial


01. Letter from the Chair

Dear colleagues and friends,

Spring has come! It brought the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, which was just adopted by the Human Rights Council on 24 March and is expected to be adopted by the UN General Assembly in December.
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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02. DARE/ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP FOUNDATION PUBLICATION: A Europe of Active Citizens


We are happy to announce that the Europe of Active Citizens conference summary report is ready.

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Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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03. DARE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Training "Education Strategies against Right-Wing Extremism and Group-Focused Enmity in Europe" (22-28/05/2011, Werftpfuhl/Berlin)

This training course aims first at gathering information on the issue of Right Wing Extremism and Group-Focused Enmity in Europe, with a special regard to the political situation in each country.
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Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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04. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Study Sessions with the European Youth Centre

Hereby we would like to inform you that the process for applications for activities to be held in cooperation with the European Youth Centre is now open. These activities concern, in majority, study sessions in the centre’s programmes.
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Vincenza Quattrone, European Youth Centre

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05. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Workshop "Knowledge and competence needed in building, developing and strengthening local community" (17-23 April 2011, Vilnius)

The EU Grundtvig Seminar is free of charge for the participants!
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06. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Training Session on the UPR (Geneva, 30 September - 6 October 2011)

CIFEDHOP will be holding, in Geneva, from September 30th to October 6th 2011, its 6th international training Session on the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for educational and civil society organisations. This meeting will gather social activists, teachers' trainers and researchers around the world.
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CIFEDHOP (Switzerland)

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07. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 8th International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (Lucerne, 24-25 May 2011)

What are the global status and the chances and challenges of migration from a human rights perspective? Which direction would a future global migration policy pursue?
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IHRF (Switzerland)

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08. CONFERENCE: EU: Results of the Action Plan on adult learning discussed in Budapst

Experts from the world of adult education discussed the results of the recently completed EU Adult Learning Action Plan at a conference in Budapest, 7-9 March. The DARE network was invited by the European Comission to give an input on Active Citizenship and social cohesion for a future EU program in adult learning.

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Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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09. MATERIALS: Russian version of Compendium of Good Practice in HRE now available

The Russian language version of the publication Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice has just been released by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR).
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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10. MATERIALS: European pack for visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum - Guidelines for teachers and educators

Taking groups of students to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is a heavy responsibility, but it is a major contribution to citizenship if it fosters understanding of what Auschwitz stands for, particularly when the last survivors are at the end of their lives. It comes with certain risks, however. This pack is designed for teachers wishing to organise student visits to authentic places of remembrance, and for the guides, academics and others who work every day with young people at Auschwitz.
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Council of Europe

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11. MATERIALS: Promoting Rights in Schools: providing quality public education resource pack

The Right to Education Project and ActionAid has launched the Promoting Rights in Schools: providing quality public education (PRS) resource pack. Aimed at actively engaging parents, children, teachers, unions, communities and local civil society organisations in collectively monitoring and improving the quality of public education, PRS offers a set of practical tools that can be used as a basis for mobilisation, advocacy and campaigning
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Peter Hyll-Larsen, Right to Education Project (UK)

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12. MATERIALS: Human Rights factsheets - Rights and freedoms in practice: teaching resources

These worksheets are a dynamic resource to help teachers foster an awareness of human rights among their pupils.
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Council of Europe

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13. PUBLICATION: "Human Rights Education, Reflections on Theory and Practice"

This new book on human rights education has just been published by Liffey Press, Dublin. Edited by Fionnuala Waldron and Brian Ruane, of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, St. Patrick's College, Dublin, the book includes contributions from prominent theorists in human rights and citizenship education, teacher educators, subject specialists and primary school teachers.
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Brian Ruane, Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education (Ireland)

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14. PUBLICATION: Online textbook about the EU

The materials on Dadalos - the International UNESCO Education Server for Democracy, Peace and Human Rights Education - can be used free of charge.
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Dadalos

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15. PUBLICATION: Protecting Refugees information pack (COE/UNHCR)

The 'Protecting Refugees' information pack is a joint initiative by the Council of Europe and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR. Both institutions are very much concerned by migration issues and work together to find solutions to the problems of forcibly displaced persons whose number amounted to more than 1.6 million in Europe at the end of 2009.
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Council of Europe

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16. PUBLICATION: EDC/HRE Volume I: Educating for democracy - Background materials on democratic citizenship and human rights education for teachers

The objective of this manual is to support teachers and practitioners in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE). It addresses key questions about EDC and HRE, including competences for democratic citizenship, the objectives and basic principles of EDC/HRE, and a whole school approach to education for democracy and human rights.
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Council of Europe

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17. PUBLICATION: Integrating immigrants: New Study ranks countries in Europe, including on citizenship and political participation, anti-discrimination

A new study published today by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group shows that great disparities exist in how Europe is integrating its 20 million immigrants legally residing in the region.
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IMEX

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18. PUBLICATION: EU FRA: First Comprehensive Guide to European Non-discrimination Law Launched

The Handbook on European Non-Discrimination Law, published jointly by the Fundamental Rights Agency and the European Court of Human Rights, is the first comprehensive guide to European non-discrimination law. It is based on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.
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EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)

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19. PROJECT: Youth-related Risks and Dangers

The manual was produced in the framework of the third phase of Child Trafficking Response Programme (CTRP) in South East Europe, which is managed by Save the Children in Albania. The main objective of “Youth-related Risks and Dangers” is to provide training guidelines incorporating the peer education method and suggest a variety of exercises covering nine issue-based themes for peer leaders to organise and conduct peer-to-peer sessions. It should also be seen as a tool to complement youth activities within a programme for prevention of some of the risks experienced by adolescents.
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Lora Lalova, Partners Bulgaria Foundation (Bulgaria)

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20. OPINION: Changing society with revolution

In times of revolutions in North Africa we can truly understand why the United Nations and Council of Europe encourage states to strengthen education in human rights and democratic citizenship. The schools are social arenas where values are being formed. In the long run, education in human rights will lead to positive developments. Norwegian authorities should strengthen such education in Norway, but also be more active on the international arena.
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Evgenia Khoroltseva, Human Rights Academy Norway (Norway)


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21. NEWS: EU ratifies disability rights treaty

"The EU ratification of the Disability Rights Convention sends a clear message that disability rights are a priority in the region and worldwide," said Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights researcher and advocate at Human Rights Watch. "All EU members and future members should now ratify the treaty and align their laws and practices with its standards."
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Human Rights Watch

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22. NEWS: Hammarberg: Effective national agencies are needed to prevent discrimination

“Discrimination is a major problem in Europe today. Eradicating it would make our continent a much better place to live. National structures for promoting equality are key actors in this endeavour. They should be supported by political leaders,” said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, in releasing an Opinion on such institutions.
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Thomas Hammarberg

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23. NEWS: 21 March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 March 2011 -- On this day in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people peacefully demonstrating against apartheid "pass laws" in the township of Sharpeville, South Africa. The notorious passbooks were a repressive tool to control the movements of black South Africans. The United Nations General Assembly subsequently declared 21 March to be the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and called on the international community not only to commemorate that tragedy, but also to work together to combat racism and discrimination wherever they exist.
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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24. NEWS: COE: Inter-institutional Meeting Launches a Contact Group on Citizenship and Human Rights Education

On 14 March 2011, the Council of Europe invited representatives of international institutions and civil society organisations to discuss strategies to assist member States with the national implementation of regional and international texts on citizenship and human rights education. This fifth inter-institutional meeting launched an Inter-institutional Contact Group on Citizenship and Human Rights Education. The main objective of the contact group is to ensure systematic and sustainable coordination of inter-governmental initiatives in this field.
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Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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25. NEWS: 8 March 2011 - International Women's Day

“We must use the second decade of the 21st century to make equality between men and women a reality,” said Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland of the Council of Europe. “Equality in professional and political life is essential to equality and respect in the private sphere.”
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26. NEWS: The European Wergeland Centre - Newsletter 20

News from the EWC
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 Editorial

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