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e-DARE: Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe
published by the DARE network, edited by Dr. Ragnar Mueller (d@dalos)
issue 2012-02 (29 September 2012)

Letter from the Board

Dear readers of e-DARE,

welcome to the new issue of e-DARE. This newsletter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education is made by NGOs for NGOs. It gives you information on current developments that affect NGO’s work in Europe.

There is still worrying news around the development of the new generation of EU programs. Please use all opportunities you have in your organization to communicate the need for sound structural support of NGO’s work and the importance of the social i.e. human rights and citizenship oriented dimension of learning in the new program schemes.

We want to encourage DARE members to post their contributions, calls and relevant information to the DARE blog: “Sharing is caring”! Especially in these times of cutbacks and downturn NGOs need to be aware that networking helps and advances all our organizations! On the right blog bar you find a FOLLOW function: by adding your email you will get instant mail updates on every new post.

See you soon at DARE’s European Focus Meeting on the Effects of the Financial Crisis on EDC/HRE work in Rome, October 9th 2012.

DARE does not receive any financial support from other than its members sources and is fully driven by the commitment of NGOs!

We hope you enjoy reading and look forward to comments and further collaboration!

Take care!

Georg Pirker
Secretary of the DARE network

Call for Participants

“Facing the Unknown” - A Radio Workshop on Being a Stranger, Dresden
Participation is open to any adult person who is a national of or permanently residing (or registered as refugee or asylum-seeker) in one of the program countries, namely: the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey. We invite people with interest in a multinational week on radio and the topic of being a stranger. No pre-knowledge of radio required. Date: November 25th until December 2nd, 2012. Seminar language: English…

EU Issues

Update: current planning on the EU 2014-2020 financial framework
The negotiations on the future financial frame for the EU (MFF 2014-2020) go on. There are several developments going on which shall be summarized in this contribution…

European Commission recommendation for a Council recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning
On September 9th, the Commission made a proposal for a Council recommendation inviting EU governments to establish validation systems by 2015, linked to the European Qualifications Framework, including the possibility to obtain a full or partial qualification on the basis of non-formal or informal learning. Important for NGOs dealing with EDC/HRE is that according to the EC draft recommendation, "member states should, with a view to offering to all citizens the opportunity to prove what they have learned outside school and to use it for their career and further learning: [...]
(4) Ensure the involvement of relevant stakeholders such as employers, trade unions, chambers of industry, commerce and skilled crafts, national entities involved in the process of recognition of professional qualifications, employment services, youth organisations, youth workers, education and training providers as well as civil society organisations, in the development and implementation of the components and mechanisms referred to in points 2 and 3, together with providing incentives…


NEW manual on antiziganism
Berlin based educational youth centre Kaubstraße has published a manual on the theme of antiziganism. This handbook is one of the first existing in depth manuals on this topic and has been developed for pedagogues, socialworkers, educational and remembrance centres, for higher education and also for use in school contexts. It offers methods for both formal and non-formal educational work on antiziganism and helps on discovering the history af Sinti and Roma in Europe for educational work…


DARE European Focus Meeting “The Effects and Challenges of the Economical Crisis on NGOs”, Rome, 8-9 October 2012.

NECE conference “Participation now! Citizenship Education and Democracy in Times of Change”, Cordoba, 21-24 November 2012.


Documentary film 'A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education'
Recently, the documentary film A Path to Dignity was launched at a side-event at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education is a 28-minute movie that presents three stories illustrating the impact of human rights education respectively on school children in India, law enforcement agencies in Australia and women victims of violence in Turkey. It is intended as a tool to raise awareness about the positive role that human rights education can play in realising human rights…

Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Law Enforcement Officials and Secondary School Systems
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) presented two new sets of guidelines on human rights education at the OSCE’s annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw on 24 September 2012. The Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Law Enforcement Officials and the Guidelines on Human Rights Education for Secondary School Systems were produced to promote effective human rights education and to support OSCE participating States in the implementation of their human dimension commitments in this area…

International Day of the Disappeared - 30 August 2012
(Amnesty International Press release)  Some 14,000 people remain unaccounted for in the countries that make up the former Yugoslavia – nearly half of the total number who disappeared in the decade since war broke out in 1991. Between 1991 and 2001, a total of 34,700 people were reported missing due to enforced disappearances or abductions in the region. The majority of their relatives are still waiting for justice. In a briefing published today on the International Day of the Disappeared, The right to know: Families still left in the dark in the Balkans, Amnesty International calls on the authorities in the Balkans to investigate enforced disappearances – crimes under international law – and to ensure the victims and their families receive access to justice and reparations…

UNESCO: Consultation on development of Adult Education
To support the follow-up and monitoring at the International level of the Belém Framework for Action, UNESCO and its structures were requested by the 6th International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) “to review and update, by 2012, the Recommendation on the Development of Adult Education adopted in Nairobi (1976).” Conscious of the fact that to be successful this revision and update process requires support from key stakeholders and actors in adult learning and education world-wide, UIL is organizing an online consultation forum from 24 September to 5 October, 2012…

DARE talk with African Delegation
A delegation comprised of 16 representatives from Malawi, Ghana, Kenia, Namibia, Simbabwe, Nigeria, Botswana, Liberia, Angola, South-Sudan and Tansania visited DARE to discuss the experience of successful educational strategies/programs on children’s rights in Europe…

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