e-DARE: Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe
published by the
edited by Dr. Ragnar Mueller (d@dalos)
issue 2013-02 (April 10th, 2013)
Letter from the Board
Dear readers of e-DARE,
2013-2014 seems to be a turning point for education. The second phase of
the World Program for Human Rights Education is developing into the
third phase. Time to take stock on efforts made and look for the further
steps to go. The DARE board decided to give a recommendation to the UN
which focuses strictly on the situation of European non-formal Education
for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (see
and which contains a recommendation to widen the Program for Adult
learning and Youth Organizations (thus being able to continue with the
rather narrow focus set during the first and second phase, but at the
same time to bring HRE back to the ground of non- formal education).
The policy developments we face around the formation of the new
generation of EU- programs are more than worrying. On the paper there
will be more money available for education; rumors speak about roughly
13 million Euro for the period 2014-2020, which is a lot less than the
European Commission initially asked for, but more than is currently the
case. The worrying issue is that the Directorate General for Education
and Culture seems not to be willing to proceed with the operational
support of European civil society organizations and instead is willing
to focus strictly on project funding – which is not the case in most of
the other Directorate Generals. DARE members know perhaps best what this
means: DARE has never received institutional support for the network but
is always built on the projects and the capacity of its members.
For projects the EC defines new priority areas annually, thus they are
much more narrow than an approach to partner up with civil society and
lead discussions on eye-level. How should civil society in the field of
non-formal youth and adult education be able to built up structures that
can compete with the Brussels based professional lobby organizations if
not via operational grants from the EC?
In the same line, the European Commissions´ communication on “Rethinking
is also a slam in the face of Citizenship and Human Rights Education.
May I quote? “The broad mission of education and training encompasses
objectives such as active citizenship, personal development and
well-being. While these go hand-in-hand with the need to upgrade skills
for employability, against the backdrop of sluggish economic growth and
a shrinking workforce due to demographic ageing, the most pressing
challenges for Member States are to address the needs of the economy and
focus on solutions to tackle fast-rising youth unemployment”
(Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic
outcomes, COM(2012) 669 final, see p 2).
Reading the full text I got the impression that the EC in its
educational perspective rejects any economical and societal
responsibility for the current crises, but more or less focuses on the
individual responsibility to “SKILL YOURSELF UP, STUPID!” as only
solution for better, sustainable and inclusive growth by 2020. Flipping
through the document the first time I personally thought of a bad joke,
but it seems the document is really meant that way. The DARE board
decided to issue a statement on it and communicate it with its members.
In the next weeks, members from the DARE board (and the network) will be
present at the Fundamental Rights Platform of the EU-Fundamental Rights
Agency (FRA, 24-26 April), at the meeting of the International Contact
Group on EDC/HRE (Strasbourg 11/12 April) and at the annual conference
of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL,
Vilnius 13-15 May) in order to contribute and share views on these
developments from the perspective of non-formal Human Rights Education
and Education for Democratic Citizenship.
Thanks to our members Humanity in Action (HiA Germany) and Center za
Drzavljansko Vzgojo (CDV Slovenia), which are part of a GRUNDTVIG
learning partnership on Overcoming Group focused Hostility in Europe
a wonderful DARE Spring Academy 2013 took place from 3-5th
April 2013 in Maribor Slovenia.
DARE commits its 10 anniversary this year. We will reorganize the
website a bit, focus more on policy work, and already now invite the
members to the annual General Assembly which will take place in ROME
again (expected on 17/18 November). We need to elect a new board and
will hold a future perspective workshop for the network.
New members are welcome, as networking is essential for all of our
Best regards on behalf of the DARE board
DARE again selected as best practice for LLL- networks
In its third year without financial support from the European Union DARE
has been selected by the E.N.T.E.R. - initiative(European Network for
Transfer and Exploitation of EU Project Results) as a role model for
successful and sustainable EU funded projects that target on the
development of Active European Citizenship...
Recommendations from the DARE network for the third Phase of the World
Programme for Human Rights Education
The DARE network welcomes the consultation initiative launched by the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the
third phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. DARE and
its 53 member organizations in Europe have accompanied the
implementation of Phase one and two with active contributions from Civil
Society Organizations. DARE network recommends the following target
sectors and focus areas for the third phase of implementation...
Calls for Application and Participation
Seminar: Sexual and gender identity in Europe as a topic in adult
education - 29/09-05/10/2013, Akademie Waldschlösschen/Germany
The seminar is aimed at people who work in adult education or prepare
for it. The training promises to be a unique experience for all
participants – reflecting their gender and sexual biographies, getting
to know gender theories and historical facts on social movements,
getting connected with a broader view of emancipative and political
adult education. Interested persons should contact the organizer in
order to receive an application form. The deadline will be the 18th of
Training Courses in Florence
It is now possible to enrol in the 2013 editions of the courses Pixel
organises. The deadline for sending the grant application to the
National Agencies is 30 April 2013...
Manual on Human Rights Education
The third, completely revised, updated and extended edition of the
well-known manual on human rights education, Understanding Human Rights,
has just been released by the
European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
- ETC Graz (Austria). The manual is available for free download on the
website of the ETC at
which also contains a learning platform with additional resources...
Human Rights Guide for SME
The Directorate-General "Enterprise
of the European Commission has published an
introductory guide to human rights for SMEs
[pdf, 2 MB] which is consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on
Business and Human Rights...
UN HR Council resolution on “Education as a tool to prevent racism,
racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance"
The UN Human Rights Council at its 22nd session in Geneva (25 February -
22 March) adopted a number of resolutions. Amongst those resolutions,
the resolution on “Education as a tool to prevent racism, racial
discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” is noteworthy and
relevant to human rights education...
21 March; International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The charter for political parties for a non-racist society: a message
Joint PRESS RELEASE European Network Against Racism and UNITED for
Intercultural Action. On the occasion of International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination,
UNITED for Intercultural Action
call upon political parties across Europe to re-affirm the principles of
the Charter for political parties for a non-racist society and to speak
clearly against racism and other forms of discrimination against
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