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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 2014-02 (April 12th, 2014)


Letter from the Board

Dear readers of e-DARE,

again it took us longer than expected to issue this e-DARE, therefore our apologies! In the past weeks there were bunches of applications going on, we got first impressions and experiences with the new EU Erasmus+ funding programs etc: We want to encourage you to share your experiences with this new generation of funding in order to see how the situation for EDC/HRE work looks like.

In case you plan to submit any applications please always consider to make DARE help you to get the European added value and dimension into your project. It works quite simple by adding DARE's PIC to any application in "EU for Citizens" or Erasmus+. Here it is: 941499946. By the way, doing this you also help DARE improving its financial situation…

In February, as one of the very few European organizations, DARE offered its members a full week online course on its (new) e-learning platform: http://elearning.dare-network.org/. DARE members can contact the DARE chair to test the login and access the first courses. The e-academy will be a service for DARE members only! The 35 participants were indeed enthusiastic about this unique opportunity to get first-hand information and hands-on training on how to work with the new EU funding schemes.

Erasmus+: There is a difficult development we got aware of in the youth section on the issue of bank statements (some will perhaps remember the situation from the LLP). Still if NGO's receive more than 50% of their budget from public sources (which is in line with DARE's approach as EDC/HRE support is a core obligation of states) they are considered as public bodies, which lifts them off from bank guarantees. So far so good, BUT: For the E+ YOUTH funding, the new guidelines now foresee that these organizations will get only 50% of financial support – which jeopardizes the whole funding logic. These NGOs are considered to be of the same status as ministries, regional bodies or business organizations. And this does not only count for large scale projects but also for small exchange programs. It makes absolutely no sense and again will result in the fact that such NGOs are disadvantaged from European funding. The political level is asked to change this situation.

Good news: together with Dinamo Asociacao from Sintra/Portugal, planpolitik Berlin/Germany, Agha Khan Foundation/Portugal and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, the DARE network is part of a new project called “EDC for ALL – Qualifying and Mainstreaming Education for Democratic Citizenship within Europe” (see: http://dare-network.blogspot.de/2014/04/edc-for-all-qualifying-and.html) There will be several expert meetings and seminars in the coming months: DARE members that have an expertise in educational work with disadvantaged groups of young people are cordially invited to join the working process (mail to pirker@adb.de). The next seminar on the development of a concept for an educational game on EDC with young people will be in the first week of June in Portugal. Therefore we also kindly ask you for help regarding our survey on existing tools in the field of youth participation (http://dare-network.blogspot.de/2014/04/expert-info-needed-edc-games-on-youth.html).

Last but not least - sharing is caring! Please send us your info on EDC/HRE developments in your working context thus advancing the whole field of our EDC/HRE work in Europe!

Best regards on behalf of the Board

Georg Pirker
Secretary of the DARE Network


EU Issues

Erasmus+ first experiences from the applicants perspective
The new generation of European educational and youth programs - combined under ERASMUS+ is launched. Based on the feedback of our members on the new E+ application procedure one can already identify some worrying developments ...

EDC/HRE relevant policy developments on the European level
Call for MEPs to support our Manifesto “Building together the Future of Learning”. The 2014 European elections will provide the right momentum to think about the future of learning in Europe ...


Calls for Application and Participation

Expert info needed: EDC games on youth participation!!!
In the framework of our EU LLP co-funded project “EDC for All - Qualifying and Mainstreaming Education for Democratic Citizenship within Europe“ the partner organizations are planning to develop a new educational game on EDC and youth participation. Before we start thinking about the outline, format and content of this new game, we would like to do a state-of-the-art analysis with regard to already existing games on youth participation in the framework of EDC. We would like to gather as many games as possible all over Europe. Against this background we are dependent on your kind cooperation. Please fill in this short form http://www.formpl.us/form/0BwZ9y2ByVCIWNjZjNmw3WVRQdnM/ before 10th of May 2014 ...

Stop discrimination against young people! European Youth Forum survey on multiple discrimination
The Youth Forum wants to tackle all forms of discrimination that young Europeans experience and so, in order to develop relevant policies and plan more consistent advocacy actions to lobby against discrimination, it is undertaking a survey aiming to collect information at both European and national levels about discrimination based on age and interlinked to other forms of discrimination such as that based on race, ethnicity, nationality, sex and sexuality ...


Publications and Downloads

4th issue of the EWC Statement Series
The 4th issue of the EWC Statement Series is available with outstanding content on the field of Human Rights Education (HRE), Democratic Citizenship (EDC) and Intercultural Understanding (ICE). As usual, the EWC Statement Series bring together scholars and other education professionals to publish their views on current research and scholarly debates ...

Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission publishes new reports on Germany and Belgium
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recently published its fifth reports on Belgium and Germany. ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, which monitors problems of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, intolerance and discrimination and prepares reports and issues recommendations to member states ...


Conferences

NECE Conference 2014 1914 - 2014: European Prospects, European Conflicts – How can Citizenship Education Intervene? - 16-18.10.2014, Vienna (Austria)
In remembrance of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, NECE 2014 will focus on questions involving conflicts in Europe and the role citizenship education plays in conflict management and reconciliation processes ...

Europe Yesterday | Today | Tomorrow - Citizenship Days 2014 – 23 April to 9 May 2014 (Europe Day)
The focus of Austrian Citizenship Days in 2014 is a geopolitically more limited Europe – the European Union, whose Parliament elections will take place in spring 2014 – as well as the greater Council of Europe ...


Miscellaneous

Beat bullying! The role of citizenship and human rights education
Are you worried about bullying in schools? Did you know that there are simple and inexpensive ways to tackle the problem? Watch the Council of Europe’s new film on combating bullying in schools through human rights and citizenship education, to see how the introduction of a human rights ethos in schools can help prevent bullying ...


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