Dear friends and colleagues,
In a few weeks there will be our next meeting in Budapest. I hope to welcome many of you and Im confident that we shall all benefit immensely from an exchange on ICT-learning in Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship.
I should like to draw your attention in this newsletter to recent developments in EU education programmes. Although still to be ratified by the European Parliament, The new generation of Community education and training programmes after 2006 was adopted on 9 March 2004 by the European Union. This Communication outlines the content of two major new Community programmes in the field of education and training, which the Commission will formally propose in the summer. These are:
°An Integrated Programme in Lifelong Learning, for mobility and cooperation between EU, EEA/EFTA and candidate countries, which will subsume the existing Socrates and Leonardo da Vinci programmes.
° A Tempus Plus programme, for the countries neighbouring the EU and for the existing Tempus countries, focusing on cooperation and development in higher (university-level) education, vocational training, school and adult education.
The most exciting information refers to the intention to give Grundtvig an independent standing.
The above mentioned Integrated Programme includes four parts:
COMENIUS for school education; ERASMUS for all forms of higher education at university level; LEONARDO DA VINCI for vocational training; and GRUNDTVIG for adult education. In addition there will be a transversal programme between general education and vocational training to strengthen synergy effects - and a new programme, JEAN MONNET, which will concentrate on the process of European integration. This programme will also contribute to the support of important European organisations and associations in the field of general education and vocational training.
This is important news for the cross-national contacts and partnerships of DARE members, but also for the future of DARE as a special network.
I wish you all sunny spring - and hope to see you in Budapest!
Hannelore Chiout firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Meeting of Working Groups 1 and 2 in Berlin, 5th-6th March 2004
Nearly all members of Working Groups 1 and 2 of DARE network Grundtvig 4 project were able to attend this meeting in Berlin. It was held at the Wannsee FORUM - an educational centre and one of the member organisations of AdB - in a lovely setting near a lake and in the green surrounding of Berlin.
On the first day, Working Group 1 developed a concept and a table of contents for DARE's first publication (please find the proposal also in this issue of e-DARE). On the second day we discussed the challenges we are facing in our respective countries. We all had in common the phenomena of apathy and lack of trust towards society - resulting in a low level of participation in elections and of general involvement in society throughout our various countries. Other contributions centred around teachers (training of teachers, materials, lack of motivation because of too little or too much focus on EDC).
A discussion resulted as to reasons which could help explain this apathy/lack of trust. This was exemplified by various issues of concern within the countries represented in Working Group 1 - and, although some common threads could be detected, these were by no means universal throughout the eight countries represented.
After this brainstorming session on challenges we see EDC/HRE as facing within our various countries, and on ways to increase the visibility of DARE, we discussed the possibilities for a common project based on our findings.
Areas thought worth exploring included:
(a) Training the trainer seminars
(b) Criteria or guidelines for good practice
(c) Discussing examples of good practice
At the same time, Working Group 2 developed a strategy and a schedule for
Common areas between Working Groups 1 and 2 were defined:
Also the preparatory group for the Budapest seminar in April met several times and drafted the programme for the ICT seminar. The Board prepared for the General Assembly, which will also be held in Budapest. We are looking forward to working together in Budapest and getting to know each other better and better and becoming more and more a lively cooperative network for promoting EDC and HRE.
(Please find the full report of the meeting on the DARE website in the months to come.)
Katrin Wolf, KatinkaWolf@gmx.de
This European Year will be launched in Bulgaria, on 13-14 December 2004. Its objectives are:
What can the Council of Europe offer?
For whom is the year intended?
For activities at national level there is considerable flexibility. One could form a national organising committee to:
The programme will possibly include the organisation of seminars and training activities for teachers and multipliers, exhibitions and the preparation of legislative reforms to support formal and non-formal education. Each country will decide its own programme.
Within the Council of Europe an ad hoc committee of experts will be created - consisting of delegates from various CoE departments and bodies, and of representatives of other intergovernmental organisations. On top of that, partnerships will be created with different sectors of the Council of Europe, notably the entire DG IV (Directorate General Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport), with governments and with international and intergovernmental institutions, and with NGOs.
What can DARE members do?
For DARE members who want to be included in their national plans for the Year, it is advisable that they get in contact with the EDC coordinator of their country (see: http://www.coe.int/T/E/Cultural_Co-operation/education/E.D.C/Coordinators_corner/090_liste.asp )
Possible activities are:
What will DARE do?
In 2005 DARE will organise, in cooperation with other networks, a conference on democratic citizenship and human rights. This is planned to take place in Germany. More data will follow later on
For more information on this European Year, see http://www.coe.int/T/E/Cultural_Co-operation/education/E.D.C/What_is_education_for_democratic_citizenship/Genesis%20and%20developments.asp
(For the text of this article several documents of the Council of Europe have been used).
Wim Taelman, VORMEN vzw, email@example.com
(Bilingual publication in German and English, but mainly in German)
Lohrenscheit, Claudia: Das Recht auf Menschenrechtsbildung -
Grundlagen und Ansätze einer Pädagogik der Menschenrechte
Mit einer Studie über aktuelle Entwicklungslinien der «Human Rights Education» in Südafrika; Frankfurt am Main (IKO-Verlag) 2004; ca. 350 S.; ca. 21,90 €
Claudia Lohrenscheit, Dr.phil, Intercultural Educator, works as a co-ordinator for HRE at the German Institute for Human Rights, Berlin (www.institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de).
Human Rights Education is a new educational approach which has evolved since the beginning of the 1990s. Since the United Nations proclaimed a Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), efforts and interest in the theory and practice of this discipline have grown considerably. This book summarises the results of an international research project in this field. It offers practical insights into basic assumptions and ideas of HRE from an international perspective. The case study on South Africa shows how HRE is implemented under specific political, social and societal conditions. The book will stimulate the discussion, promotion and further development of a comprehensive understanding of Human Rights Education as a cross-cutting discipline in educational and social sciences.
Keywords: Introduction into Human Rights Education from an international perspective (with a case study on current developments in South Africa); UN, UNESCO, political, intercultural and global education, South African education, international educational research.
(text provided by the author)
13 September - 5 December 2004
Instructor: Dr. Gerd Oberleitner (London School of Economics)
This distance learning course provides participants with practical guidance on how to protect human rights through the European human rights system, and specifically the institutions and treaties of the Council of Europe.
Participants will be introduced to the main European human rights conventions and jurisprudence, primarily as developed through the European Court of Human Rights. The course addresses European human rights standards as they apply to civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and the rights of minorities. Case studies on the freedom of expression, homosexuality, violence against women, protection of the mentally ill, prisoners' rights, and the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons, will deepen participants' understanding of European human rights standards and machinery. The course is primarily intended for advanced (under)graduate students of (international) law or social and political sciences, civic education and history teachers, and NGO staff members from Council of Europe member states. Participants should have a good written command of English (the course language is English), have high competence and comfort with computer and internet use, and have regular access to e-mail and the internet.
Deadline for applications: 15 June 2004
Further information and application forms can be downloaded from:
You want to know which persons from a certain state are member of one of the UN committees?
All UN country documents (reports to UN Human Rights bodies, concluding observations...)
Concluding observations from the Committee on the Rights of the Child:
International Court of Justice: cases and decisions, per country
National party reports to the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe:
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, country by country
National reports on the revised European Social Charter
Recent conclusions on the implementation of the European Social Charter, by country:
Recent conclusions on the implementation of the Revised European Social Charter, by country:
National reports for the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities:
Opinions of the Advisory Council (country-specific) on the Framework Convention:
European Court of Human Rights decisions on cases in your country:
http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/hudoc/default.asp?Language=en&Advanced=1 (under respondents you can find your country)
Visit reports of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture on your country:
http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/hudoc/default.asp?Language=en&Advanced=1 (under States you can possibly find your country)
Wim Taelman, firstname.lastname@example.org, VORMEN vzw
Europe is becoming larger geographically, politically, economically and culturally. Given this unique historic chance, there is now more room to manoeuvre for democratic processes of participation and new scope for action in respect of the civic society. The challenges are also growing for civic education work that is strongly transnational in structure. The concepts and the agendas together with the actors in civic education can no longer be considered and be set into a relationship as attachable individually and in a national context. Rather, it will depend more on networking the diversity in cultures and ideas, the intellectual trends of thought and discourse, making them tangible and conveying them for the citizens into the immediate reality of their lives, and making them comprehensible. Only then a European public will come into being that is able to influence the democratic political community of the EU sustainedly bottom upwards out of a mature European civic society.
The conception of the European Conference requires a broad understanding of the formats and contents of a civic education and it summarises these together under the concept of a democratic citizenship education. Besides the general and civic education, additionally education on human rights and peace, education for sustainable development, and intercultural learning are subsumed. Over four days, in a variety of podiums, in five working groups and an open space, presentations will take place on themes, agendas and fields of practice, actors and multiplicators, subject-related didactical and country-specific problem fields, existing civil and cultural networks and interactive virtual portals of a European citizenship education in the form of best-practice examples; and these will be compared with each other and a platform will be initiated for to provide networking and stronger cooperation. One of the objective lines of the conference is to discuss a first basic canon of norms and quality standards of a democratic citizenship. With the help of best-practice examples, a current insight into concepts and structures of a democratic citizenship education in Europe will be developed. Furthermore, strategies and methods will be compared which are aimed at conveying and implementing a democratic citizenship education in the educational systems of the European member states. Especially with a view to the European Year of Citizenship through Education of the European Council taking place in 2005, endeavours will be made to secure lasting results and to develop longterm partnerships with various organizations.
What is being sought are best practice examples and currently running education projects in Europe which reflect the contents, forms of conveyance, conceptions and methods of a democratic citzenship education from the perspective of the individual countries. The objective line of the 5 working groups will be: Benchmarking Democratic Citizenship Education in Europe. The titles of the working groups are:
I.: Understanding of Democratic Citizenship in the Non-Public Educational System
II.: Understanding of Democratic Citizenship in the Public Educational System
lll.: Competences in the Media and Information Society
lV.: Participatory Engagement for Increasing Voting Rates
V.: Education for Sustainability and Intercultural Learning
Registration and Dispatch of Project Examples under:
apex Kultur- und Bildungsmanagement
Anja Ostermann, Reiderweg 18, 58285 Gevelsberg, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 2332 4199; Fax: +49 (0) 2332 757056; email@example.com
Notes on the organization
The participation fee is € 85, for students a discount rate of € 50 is applicable. Included in this are the accommodation in a single room in one of the halls of residence of the University of Santiago de Compostela from 23.-26. September 2004, breakfast, reception on 23. September, lunch on 24. September and evening meal on 25. September as well as all the coffee breaks, the cultural framework programme, all the conference documentation, and the shuttle transfer from the airport to the conference site and back again.
The conference language is English without simultaneous translation.
On application to the conference management, participants from Central and East European countries can receive a refund of travel expenses up to a max. of € 100 at the conference site.
During the conference one has the possibility to exhibit materials and project presentations. This offer has to be registered with the conference management in good time.
Organizer: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)
In cooperation with:
Conference Management and Registration
On behalf of bpb: Apex Kultur- und Bildungsmanagement
Anja Ostermann, Reiderweg 18, 58285 Gevelsberg, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 2332 4199, Fax: +49 (0) 2332 757056, firstname.lastname@example.org
Swantje Schuetz, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Press Office, Adenauerallee 86, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel + 49 (0) 1888/515-284; Fax + 49 (0) 1888/515-293; email@example.com
(text provided by the conference organizers)
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