Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe
published by the
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
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
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
as a future perspective analysis: please fill in the survey (it contains
only 4 questions!) and help us advance the work of DARE:
Secretary of the DARE network
Future of European Lifelong Learning Program: ERASMUS+
funding programme 2014-2020, (formerly "Erasmus for all" as proposed by
or "YES Europe" by the
has been officially approved by the Council (COREPER I) on 26 June after
a compromise was reached in the inter-institutional "trialogue"
EU-MFF 2014-2020 agreement reached: a budget for Erasmus+
Negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) which will
define the EU budget 2014-2020 have just been closed. After more than
one month of tense trialogue negotiations,
Presidents of the three EU institutions met to try to break the gridlock
and an agreement was finally reached on 27 June...
Commission report on EU citizenship: acknowledging the central role of
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European Union Citizenship”
which is a recent policy review from the European Commission echoing the
theme of this 2013 European Year...
Calls for Application and Participation
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The 2013 Education, Training and Youth Forum organised by the European
Commission will take place on 17-18 October in Brussels. To prepare an
open and rich discussion at the Forum, all stakeholders are called upon
to take part in the online consultation set up by EUCIS-LLL and make
their voice heard. Please read EUCIS-LLL’s
in Erasmus+ and partnerships, and take part in the
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Publications and Downloads
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thematic human rights issues for the third phase of the World Programme
for Human Rights Education...
European Commission: New Publication on “Adult and continuing education
in Europe: Using public policy to secure a growth in skills”
The European Commission has recently published a book “Adult
and continuing education in Europe: Using public policy to secure a
growth in skills”. You can download your free PDF copy at
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Total: A Violence Prevention Learning Resource, a new manual
created by HREA, the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP)
and the Instituto Mexicano de Investigación Familia y de Población
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website of the project Creating Citizenship Communities (University of
York). You can download these resources
Pilot Project Scheme on “Human Rights and Democracy in Action”
The goal of the pilot projects is to document all existing forms of
promotion of citizenship and human rights education in the participating
More information in the concept paper on the Pilot Project Scheme on
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Simulation „Diversity in the Police Force“ available in Czech and
The simulation “Diversity in the Police Force” is an interactive 4-hour
experience which explores approaches to increase diversity and
intercultural understanding amongst public servants. The game also
refers to the international human rights framework that prohibits racial
Overcoming Group-Focused Hostility - Best Practices for Free Download
Six European NGOs launched a network on “Adult
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In the framework of an EU Grundtvig project, the partners shared best
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hostility and identified common all-European approaches...
Law-Related Education in Adult Learning - Best Practices for Free
In the framework of an EU Grundtvig project, seven European NGOs
collaborated on the topic: “Demanding
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core social and civic skill, and improve the quality and accessibility
of law-related education...
NECE - Conference “The European Union and the Promise of Democracy: What
can Citizenship Education and Civil Society contribute?” 14-16 November
2013, The Hague (the Netherlands)
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participation can help to reshape the European Union called the ‘sick
man of Europe’ by a renowned research institute...
Conference Report: Right-wing Extremism and Hate Crime: Minorities under
Pressure in Europe and Beyond
The Oslo Conference on Right-wing Extremism and Hate Crime: Minorities
under Pressure in Europe and Beyond was held on May 14-15 2013 under the
auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Download Conference Report...
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