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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 2013-05 (Nov. 4th, 2013)

Letter from the Board

Dear readers of e-DARE,

autumn usually means running around for EDC/HRE. Members of the DARE Board are quite active at the moment: For the second time, the European Commission held its stakeholder forum for education and training. Board member Elena Begant was attending this meeting and once again frankly communicated DARE concerns of the solely job related focus of the EC in its educational programs.

DARE is supporting the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning Manifesto on the Future of LLL which is making the case for LLL on the European Parliament's Elections in 2014. Please use the Manifesto in order to ask the EP candidates in your country for support! At the Lifelong Learning Week 2013 at the EP (2-6 December 2013) in Brussels, DARE will contribute to a seminar for MEPs on “Making the Case for European Civic Education”.

Last but not least, autumn means General Assembly. DARE members will meet in Rome on 18/19th November to elect a new Board, critically take stock and assess DARE's work in 2013 and plan 2014. Do not miss this opportunity for sound discussions and common future initiatives!

DARE is 10 years old now and proud to be the only independent European NGO for EDC/HRE! Join the network to make a case for EDC/HRE!

Yours kindly

Georg Pirker
Secretary of the DARE Network

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Report: Citizenship Education in England
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Report: Human Rights Education in Australia
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NECE Conference 2014: “The European Union and the Promise of Democracy: What can Citizenship Education and Civil Society contribute?, 14-16.11.2013, The Hague
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