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Newsletter on Human Rights Education
and Education for Democracy
Published by the DARE project and the DARE network

Year 6, issue 3 (23 June 2009)
Deadline for contributions for the next issue: 07 September 09
Publication:
22 September 09


 Table of contents

1.   Letter of the Chair
2.   New DARE Board Elected
3.   A Reflection on the Hearing with the CULT-Committee of the EP
4.   Training Course „Human Rights Education in Youth Work“
5.   Citizenship Foundation: ILDE project!
6.   Citizenship Foundation: Young Muslim Leadership network

7.   Citizenship Foundation: Paying for It programme update
8.   Citizenship Foundation: The Giving Nation Challenge Goes Corporate
9.   British people support legislation protecting human rights
10. Everyone in (Research Summary of the Minority Ethnic LBGT project)
11. New DARE member: School of Education, University of Leicester
12. New DARE member: Demokratiezentrum Wien (Democracy Centre Vienna)
13. New DARE member: Humanity in Action Germany
14. Regional Forum “Human Rights Education” 27-29 April 2009 (Vilnius, Lithuania)
15. New publication: 'Inspiring practice:
      resources, tools and activities for human rights education'

16. 1989 Regime Change Simulation Presented at DARE Conference
17. Inauguration of the European Wergeland Centre
18. EUROCLIO for Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship Education

Editorial


 1. Letter of the chair

IIt is with great pleasure that I write you this letter. The DARE General Assembly elected a new Board during its annual meeting in Berlin on May 30th. The following persons will serve on the Board for the next two years:
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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 2. New DARE Board Elected


At the General Assembly in Berlin 30 May 2009 the new DARE board was elected to lead DARE through the next 2 years legislature.

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Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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 3. A Reflection on the Hearing/Exchange of Views with the CULT-Committee of the European Parliament on April 2nd 2009

PFirst I have to mention that the invitation to speak to the Education and Culture Committee of the European Parliament in itself is a big success for DARE, since it is the first time DARE was officially asked by a European body to present its view.
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Georg Pirker, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungssttätten (Germany)

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 4. Multipliers learn about Human Rights: training Course „Human Rights Education in Youth Work“ (International House Sonnenberg), a great success

From April 2nd to 9th altogether 29 young multipliers met in the German Harz Mountains to broaden their knowledge and Human Rights History and Methodology, and to develop skills on how to work about Human Rights with young people.
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Katja Pötzsch, International House Sonnenberg (Germany)

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 5. News from the Citizenship Foundation: ILDE project

During the last year, Citizenship Foundation has been involved in developing two sets of resources for the ILDE (Initiative for Learning Democracy in Europe) project. This work, funded by the Network of European Foundations - NEF and supported by the Council of Europe is now finalised.
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Ruxandra Ratiu, Citizenship Foundation (UK)

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 6. News from the Citizenship Foundation: Young Muslim Leadership network

Citizenship Foundation is launching a new initiative for young people aged between 16 and 21 called the Young Muslim Leadership Network. The aim is to bring together young Muslims to talk about issues that affect the perceived alienation of Muslim Youth domestically and internationally.
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Ruxandra Ratiu, Citizenship Foundation (UK)

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7. News from the Citizenship Foundation: Paying for It programme update

The Citizenship Foundation's 'Paying for It' programme, in partnership with Aviva is hosting five events across England Scotland to engage Year 10 students (14-15 year olds) in the big economic issues within their communities.
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Ruxandra Ratiu, Citizenship Foundation (UK)

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8. News from the Citizenship Foundation: The Giving Nation Challenge Goes Corporate

The Giving Nation Challenge is a classroom-based active learning programme teaching young people in Britain the importance, role and impact of the Third Sector through its social enterprise initiative.

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Ruxandra Ratiu, Citizenship Foundation (UK)

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9. British people support legislation protecting human rights

On Monday 15 June 2009 the British Equality and Human Rights Commission launched the most comprehensive research to date into the first ten years of the Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Inquiry found that an overwhelming majority of British people support legislation protecting human rights and where a human rights approach is incorporated into public services both users and providers benefit.
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Tanveer Parnez, BEMIS (Scotland, UK)

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10. Everyone in (Research Summary of the Minority Ethnic LBGT project)

BEMIS, the Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland, recently carried out a research to address a very delicate issue in relation to race equality and minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, who for a long time have been disadvantaged and excluded from having an active citizenship role and where they are valued and respected equally.
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Tanveer Parnez, BEMIS (Scotland, UK)

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11. New DARE member: the School of Education, University of Leicester

The School of Education, University of Leicester is among the departments with the longest history of engagement in teaching and research in the areas of Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Britain.
Located in the vibrant and multicultural Leicester, the city which has been associated with the movements of alternative and radical pedagogy, The School of Education shelters world leading research and pioneering teaching at postgraduate level in Democratic Citizenship Education, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainable development and Innovative and Progressive education.

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Michalis Kakos, School of Education, The University of Leicester (UK)

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12. New DARE member: Demokratiezentrum Wien (Democracy Centre Vienna)

The Demokratiezentrum Wien was founded in 2000 and is an academic non-profit organization, strongly oriented to applying and conveying knowledge. It is both an academic research institute and a virtual knowledge centre and deals with basic questions of political culture and the political system of Austria in the European context.
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Elisabeth Röhrlich, Demokratiezentrum Wien (Austria)

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13.  New DARE member: Humanity in Action Germany

Humanity in Action (HIA) is a Euro-transatlantic consortium of six organizations (Germany, Poland, France, Netherlands, Denmark) which aims to promote human rights by instilling the values of human dignity and respect for minorities in a new generation of social, cultural, and political leaders.
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Anne Stalfort, Humanity in Action (Germany)

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14. Regional Forum “Human Rights Education: Achievements, Lessons Learned and Perspectives” 27-29 April 2009 (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Government and civil society experts from Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia and Ukraine on 29 April 2009 concluded a three-day meeting in Vilnius (Lithuania) that discussed improvement of human rights education for young people. The Regional Forum "Human Rights Education: Achievements, Lessons Learned and Perspectives" examined achievements in the area of human rights education (HRE) to identify good practices that can be replicated in other countries.
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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15. New publication: 'Inspiring practice: resources, tools and activities for human rights education'

The latest publication of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, "Inspiring practice: resources, tools and activities for human rights education", has been designed to help people deliver workshops on human rights, including the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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16. 1989 Regime Change Simulation Presented at DARE Conference

More than 30 educators from 12 European countries met at the DARE Conference “Pathways Interconnecting History Education and Democratic Citizenship/Human Rights Education in Adult Learning” in Berlin on May 28-30, 2009. This conference was held in conjunction with the Geschichtsforum 09, one of the major German events commemorating the transitions of 1989.
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Anne Stalfort, Humanity in Action (Germany)

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17. Inauguration of the European Wergeland Centre

On 29 May 2009, the European Wergeland Centre was inaugurated in Oslo. The Centre is a European resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship. It is a co-operation between Norway and the Council of Europe, located in Oslo. It builds on and will promote the work performed by the Council of Europe and Norway in these areas.
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Frank Elbers, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

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18. EUROCLIO for Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship Education

Since its foundation in 1993, the overall aim of EUROCLIO has been to promote and support the development of history education so that it strengthens peace, stability, democracy and critical thinking. Recognizing that history is a powerful mobilizing force in societies, EUROCLIO promotes the sound use of history education towards building and deepening of democratic societies.  
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Jonathan Even-Zohar, EUROCLIO (The Netherlands)

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 Editorial

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