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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 2014-03 (June 16th, 2014)

Letter from the Board

Dear readers of e-DARE,

the results of the election to the European Parliament as well as the process of negotiating the new head of the European Commission are good examples for the state of democracy and citizen's participation in the EU. There seems to be a lot to do until one can state that some lessons are finally learned. From our side we strongly support the EUCIS-LLL position on the outcome of the elections (
http://dare-network.blogspot.de/2014/06/eucis-lll-drawing-lessons-from.html) and would like to add that again it remains highly important for educational civil society organizations to make more and stronger use of their capacity when it comes to European networking and policy making.

Our member organizations face great difficulties to link up to the international and European level, as it means a lot of extra work and capacity, which most of the organizations clearly do not have. As European network we are asked to provide more energy to link this gap between member's practice and European policy work. Therefore, the DARE board works on a future perspective strategy taking this need into account even more! But at the same time DARE in its fully voluntary structure has only limited capacities and depends on solid contributions and regular involvement of ALL its members.

Good opportunities to get to know and make use of DARE's work is the involvement in common projects such as the
EDC for ALL project. An even easier way is to meet DARE members in conferences such as the upcoming conference of our Spanish member Fundacion Cives http://dare-network.blogspot.de/2014/06/conference-in-defense-of-education-for.html or the upcoming NECE conference on 16-18 October in Vienna, where DARE provides a workshop on peace education and reconciliation work as twin fields of EDC/HRE. In Vienna, DARE will also hold its 2014 General Assembly, where new members can join the network. EDC/HRE is a public good, definitely worth fighting for and as such it needs to be maintained and cared for as a core state obligation and responsibility. In times of TTIP negotiations this good is heavily under pressure. In addition to that, the current EC investigation on VAT revision might result in new difficulties for our field.

And don't forget: sharing is caring! So post your news and EDC/HRE issues on
DARE's blog, the independent European NGO resource on EDC/HRE!

Best regards on behalf of the Board

Georg Pirker
Secretary of the DARE Network

Common Projects

EDC for ALL - project news: introducing the partnership
planpolitik offers concepts and solutions for political education, mostly about current global and European topics. We organise simulation games and trainings, we design workshops, conferences and seminars. We also develop educational online platforms, including for online simulation games ...
Dínamo is a local youth NGO active in Sintra, Portugal in the field of Youth Participation and counts with the active participation of young people between 15 and 30 years old. Since 2011 Dínamo has been implementing its long term strategy 'Sintra is Also Yours!' ...
DARE is the European network of providers of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights. It works with the aim to raise the voice for the needs and concerns of the EDC/HRE field by providing expert consultation, information and guidance with pedagogical practice, policy making and research ...

EU Issues

EUCIS-LLL takes stock of the European elections and calls on new Members of the European Parliament to draw lessons of the ballot outcomes by delivering better for economic development, social and civic participation and well-being. Inclusive growth is definitely the forgotten pillar of the Europe 2020 strategy and consequently of EU action in education and training ...

Calls for Application and Participation

CfP: Bookmarks: training course for educators and teachers on combating hate speech online through human rights education
15 - 19 October 2014, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
The training course will be carried out in French.
Deadline: 28 August 2014
The Council of Europe has recently published Bookmarks, a manual on combating hate speech online through human rights education. Bookmarks includes educational activities for young people aged 13 to 18 years old. Bookmarks is intended as a key reference of the No Hate Speech Campaign. In 2014 the Council of Europe will organise several training activities in cooperation with national campaign committees. All interested candidates should fill in the online application form at
http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms ...

Publications and Downloads

New publication: Global Citizenship Education: Preparing learners for the challenges of the twenty-first century
What is Global Citizenship Education ? Do we learn it in school? What difference can it make if it is a common feature of all education systems? How can it be implemented and scaled up? The answers to these questions and others can be found in a new publication just released by UNESCO ...


Conference: in Defense of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights, Seville, 27/28 June 2014
In February 2013, hundreds of organizations, including DARE, signed a memorandum sent to the Council of Europe to denounce the elimination of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights of the Spanish curriculum. We achieved a lot of support and international impact and we now need to request again the union of the organizations that signed the text to demand together, in a conference at Seville, that Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights is not an education that we can ignore and eliminate from any European official curriculum. Sign up for the conference on 27 and 28 June in the Parliament of Andalusia (Seville) to defend an education based on democracy and human rights ...

NECE Conference "1914 -2014: Lessons from History? Citizenship Education and Conflict Management"
One hundred years after the start of the First World War, that 'great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century' (George F. Kennan), the NECE initiative is organising its annual conference in Vienna 16-18 October 2014 ...

7th FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS PLATFORM - The Role of Civil Society regarding EU Strategic Guidelines
Around 200 civil society organisations gathered for the Annual FRP meeting in Vienna, to discuss the contribution of civil society to the new EU strategic guidelines in the area of freedom, security and justice. You can find the programme, keynote speeches and presentations, the photo gallery and the 8-page conference summary on www.fra.europa.eu/frp2014 ...


Get to know the Antirumors Campaign in Barcelona!
In the framework of a Grundtvig Job Shadowing, Anne Stalfort (from DARE member Humanity in Action) had the chance to study the Antirumors Campaign in Barcelona - a broad local initiative against xenophobia, anti-immigrant attitudes and racism ...

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