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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 2013-04 (Sept. 13th, 2013)

Letter from the Board

Dear readers of e-DARE,

looking at the latest list of beneficiaries in the EU program GRUNDTVIG (Adult Learning) I realized that among 61 multilateral projects 16 result from project consortia led by universities. This is more than a fourth of the successful applications. Having in mind that only 14% of the project proposals handed in were selected for funding, the success of universities in European projects devoted to adult learning is remarkable.

Don't get me wrong: it is evidently needed that there is more cooperation between different providers and sectors of education in Europe, especially in adult learning. But there remains a question for me: The EC focuses its calls for proposals on a very narrow field of themes and topics, which require the applicant organizations to be really experts on the content and the topic of the calls.

Universities are not really providers of adult learning (at least not in the sense of GRUNDTVIG). There is an extra EU program for higher education. Very often the expert providers in adult learning are grassroots organizations, small folk high schools, self organized groups etc. But as far as I see they are not listed among the successful projects (perhaps they applied in the higher education calls and are rather successful there?).

Could it be possible that these organizations are not able to take the risk to lead a project consortium for financial reasons, as they do not meet the EU's financial eligibility criteria? Can they afford their rare staff to spend 6-8 weeks of their working time on elaborating a sound proposal together with a partner consortium of expert organizations? They could, of course, but if the rate of success is only 14% and your financial resources are limited one has to be very aware on how often you can afford such a risky investment of time and energy without bringing your organization into trouble. 14% success is like gambling. Isn't it easier to let a fundraising department do the job or hire an external agency to write the application?

After long discussions, the DARE Board has decided to issue a statement on the European Commission's Communication “Rethinking Education”. The Board members are concerned about the general direction of the EC's educational ideas. “Rethinking education” has hardly been discussed on any national level, so far. We want to encourage an open debate about the question how education in Europe should look like. You can find the
DARE Board opinion
here. It is high time for an open debate as the next EC Education and Training stakeholder Forum is approaching.

DARE celebrates its 10th anniversary this year! We use the opportunity to organize a workshop on the future perspectives of our and our member's EDC/HRE work. The workshop will take place in Rome on 18/19 November 2013. Therefore, we prepared a small
survey as a future perspective analysis: please fill in the survey (it contains only 4 questions!) and help us advance the work of DARE:

Yours kindly

Georg Pirker
Secretary of the DARE network

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