Newsletter on Human Rights Education
and Education for Democracy
Year 4, issue 2 (4 April 2007)
Deadline for contributions for the next issue:
20 June 2007
Publication: 25 June 2007
Published by the DARE network

Table of content

1. Letter from the chair
2. Social Justice: exploration of the concept
3. What is CEEOL.?
4. Nominate and vote your group’s human rights prize winner. An educational method.
5. EDC Action Days 23 April to 9 May 2007
6. New brochures in German
7. International Summer Academy on Human Security
8. Enhancing Cooperation: Internet Portal for Democracy and Human Rights Education
9. World as a village video clip


1. Letter from the chair

Dear friends and DARE members,

In January 2007 the new generation of education programmes of the European Commission began for the period 2007-2013. DARE followed the call for proposals and applied for a renewal, for 2007-2010, of our project under Grundtvig 4 which provides grants for European networks.

A number of DARE members took up our invitation for a preparatory meeting in Berlin on 9/10 February 2007, During this weekend the outlines of a new work period were drafted by the participants. These were sent around to all members.

This time 16 members joined the proposal – which, if successful, is intended to contribute to the network’s future activities. Especially three standing committees, the SIGs (special interest groups) are to work on DARE’ s professional profile as a network of expert organisations in Democracy and Human Rights Education, on the stimulation and implementation of common projects, on bridging gaps between action and research in EDC/HRE. Advocating democracy and human rights education will be the overall objective. The active involvement of each member is needed and welcome.

SIGs will be complemented by SADs, Synchronised Action Days which we propose to organise around a prominent date such as Europe Day in May or Human Rights Day in December. When meeting in Berlin DARE members welcomed this idea to integrate all members by presenting examples of their education practice to the public. This is planned as a joint action in order to enhance DARE’s visibility all over Europe - but also the visibility of the individual member organisation as part of a Europe-wide community.

These long-term initiatives are combined with outstanding events:

  • an international conference on intercultural dialogue;
  • taking up the challenges of the European Year 2008;
  • a hearing on the achievements and needs of education for democracy and human rights to be organised with members of the European Parliament and the Commission in 2009.

About now you will also receive the invitation for our next meeting in Sofia which will take place from 13-16 June 2007, organised by DARE member Partners Bulgaria. DARE’s annual General Assembly on 14 June 2007 will be combined with the closing event of Partners Bulgaria’s Interethnic Interaction Programme and a workshop for DARE members on intercultural dialogue. The workshop provides the presentation of an index of ethnic integration and of good practice for advocacy and participation within multi-ethnic communities. Participants will identify issues and common ground. They will prepare projects and ideas for intercultural dialogue inside HRE and EDC. Intercultural road maps for the future will be developed. We hope that all DARE members will make use of this opportunity to meet and to promote DARE’s profile.

Happy and relaxing sunny Easter holidays!

Hannelore Chiout, DARE chairperson, Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten


2. Social Justice

In order to explore the concept of ‘social justice’ we compiled some texts on this issue, taken from various internet sources. Exploration of other concepts (gender and gender equality, democracy, global citizenship): see previous issues of e-DARE

From Wikipedia

“Social justice mostly refers to an idea of society, where "justice" refers to economic status rather than to the administration of laws. It is based on the idea of a society which gives individuals and groups fair treatment and a just share of the benefits of society. Different proponents of social justice have developed different interpretations of what constitutes fair treatment and a just share.

Social justice is both a philosophical problem and an important issue in politics. It can be argued that everyone wishes to live in a just society, but different political ideologies have different conceptions of what a 'just society' actually is. The term "social justice" itself tends to be used by those ideologies who believe that present day society is highly unjust - and these are usually left-wing ideologies, advocating a more extensive use of income redistribution, a more egalitarian society. The right wing has its own conception of social justice, but generally believes that it is best achieved through the operation of a free market, and the promotion of philanthropy and charity. Both right and left tend to agree on the importance of rule of law, human rights, and some form of a welfare safety net (though the left supports this latter element to a greater extent than the right).”

More … (… on: Rawls; The basic liberties; Beliefs; Development of Catholic social teaching; Criticism; Other uses)

See also in Wikipedia: Teaching for Social Justice

From ECONOMICexpert.com:

“Social justice, sometimes called civil justice, is a concept largely based on various social contract theories. Most variations on the concept hold that as governments are instituted among populations for the benefit of members of those populations, those governments which fail to see to the welfare of their citizens are failing to uphold their part in the social contract and are, therefore, unjust. The concept usually includes, but is not limited to, upholding human rights; many variants also contain some statements concerning more equitable distributions of wealth and resources.

The term "social justice" is generally so phrased in order to distinguish this particular concept from concepts of justice in law — some of which, according to their critics, are decidedly unjust in a social sense — and from concepts of justice as embedded in systems of morality which may differ between cultures.

Social justice refers to the overall fairness of a society in its divisions of rewards and burdens.”

More resources:

On Social Justice in traditional Africa
A discussion on the concept of Social Justice is included in “Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy”.
Wealth Creation and Social Justice: an IMF Perspective
Rawls' Mature Theory of Social Justice. An Introduction for Students.

Compiled by Wim Taelman, VORMEN


3. What is CEEOL.?

The Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL.) is an online archive providing access to full text articles from more than 265 humanities and social science scholarly journals in 23 languages, on Central, Eastern and South Eastern European topics. The subject areas include: anthropology, culture and society, economy, gender studies, history, Judaic studies, fine arts, literature, philology / linguistics, political and social sciences, philosophy, religion, reviews, etc. CEEOL. also offers over 2000 portrait pages with bio- and bibliographic information about authors from this part of Europe.

CEEOL. strives to make high quality content and first hand information from and about Central and Eastern Europe accessible for an interested public worldwide as a basic condition to enhance cultural and intellectual communication and exchange.


For individual users:readers:
CEEOL addresses information users - they range from occasional to expert, are to be found around the globe and their common need is fast and efficient access to information and content.
CEEOL’s main target groups are scholars, library patrons, research institutes, corporate libraries, intellectuals, journalists, mass media offices and last but not least emigrants from Central and Eastern European countries spread all over the world.

The library offers:
For institutional users:

CEEOL. enables subscribing institutions to get more content, to get it easier, and to get it cost-effectively. Therefore,
For publishers:
4. Nominate and vote your group’s human rights prize winner

This is not another award, but the broad outline of an educational method, omitting all details and possible variations (there are lots of possibilities here). VORMEN vzw will, during the next year, work further on this. We intend to publish (in Dutch) when completed. NGO’s and other HRE educational initiatives who want to join thinking about it can contact us: wim.taelman@vormen.org. We are ready to consider producing the final publication in English also – should there be interest and should funding so allow.

What it is about?
+ 15 years upwards

1 hour (minimum)

Group size
minimum 10, maximum 30 participants

You need:
  1. Make groups of 3/4 participants.
  2. Each group gets a different set of data sheets about human rights heroes. They have to discuss whom to nominate, and to argue their choice. The result of this to be presented in the form of a poster, complemented by a creative form of presentation of their nomination to the rest of the participants (a sketch, a short speech, a radio commercial, …).
  3. Presentation of the nominations.
  4. Each group now has to discuss the nominated person, in preparation for the ‘election’ of the whole group’s human rights prize winner. Each individual will be allowed to ‘vote’ differently.
  5. Elections. Counting of the votes. Proclamation of the prize winner.
  6. (optionally) Phase 2: Electing the ‘human right of the year’.
    In the same groups, now nominate and elect the ‘human right of the year’, on basis of the question “To which human right does our society/country need to pay more attention?”.

5. EDC Action Days 23 April to 9 May 2007

Focal topic: Gender | Gender Equality | Gender Mainstreaming

On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, the Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools (Zentrum polis – Politik Lernen in der Schule) is organising the EDC Action Days 2007.

This successful initiative will take place for the fifth time and meanwhile the idea has also been taken up by Germany and Belgium. In 2007 gender justice will be the main focus for this period, beginning on World Book and Copyright Day (23 April) and ending on Europe Day (9 May). More than 100 events will take place throughout Austria on topics such as democracy, human rights, politics, gender justice etc.

More information: www.aktionstage.politische-bildung.at

Patricia Hladschik, polis – Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools


6. New brochures in German

The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools published two new brochures dealing with the topic of gender equality.
- A manual of 70 pages aiming to help teachers to realise projects dealing with the topic of gender equality. The practical toolkit gives a lot of ideas for general applications in classes of all ages.
- A list of recommended gender sensitive children’s books for elementary schools.

The brochures are in German. Digital versions as PDF-files will be sent on demand: patricia.hladschik@politik-lernen.at

Patricia Hladschik, polis – Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools


7. International Summer Academy on Human Security (15 - 25 July 2007, ETC, Graz, Austria)

Special Focus on the influence of transnational terrorist and criminal organisations on state and society in the Western Balkan region


The International Summer Academy on Human Security is part of the HUMSEC project and will be held in the Human Rights City of Graz.

The project is designed to contribute to a better understanding of the connection between transnational terrorist and criminal organisations in the peace-building process of the Western Balkan region (and not only at scientific level) through the organisation of an annual summer academy. The network aims to bring the scientific discourse closer to civil society, to strengthen democratic principles and to raise awareness by means of human rights education and education for democratic citizenship – focusing always on the danger that transnational terrorist and criminal organisations pose for the states, societies and reconstruction process in the Western Balkan region.

The summer academy will be conducted mainly by experts nominated by the HUMSEC partner institutions, but also by external experts. The programme is drafted in order to give general information on the topics of human security and threats to security such as terrorism and organised crime - and to analyse the impact of terrorist and criminal organisations on states and societies in transition. Societal factors such as poverty and corruption, but also rule of law or the influence of civil society, will be studied in relation to the goals of human security and respect for human rights. Focus will be on the impact that transnational terrorist and criminal organisations have on states and societies in the Western Balkan region (the leading topic of the second year of the project).

The participants will partly be selected from amongst HUMSEC partner institutions and partly among those who apply, following the public call for application. Participants will be selected on the basis of their field of interest and their personal motivation to be involved in the programme. Full or partial scholarships will be available in limited numbers (for eligible countries and details see the website)



The summer academy draws on the expertise of a selected group of academics who represent the project partners from sixteen universities and academic institutions, as well as of the expertise of legal practitioners and decision-makers from various sectors. This guarantees a broad approach to the human security issue and the special focus on terrorist and criminal organisations. The training is based on lectures, discussions and workshops; to assure sustainability and multiplying effects, the training methods put particular emphasis on the interactive approach. The academy is designed as a modular course, covering one topic per day, which allows the transfer of knowledge, the acquisition of skills and the shaping of attitudes as well. Working language of the summer academy is English.

Target group

The summer academy is designed as ten-day-course for

whose work agenda focuses on the topics of terrorism, organised crime and peace-building. Special focus will be made on the selection of participants from South Eastern and Eastern Europe.


For details please consult the summer academy's homepage or send an email

Application deadline: 15 April 2007

Barbara Schmiedl, ETC Graz (European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy)


8. Enhancing Cooperation: Internet Portal for Democracy and Human Rights Education

The NGO D@dalos Sarajevo has developed and set up a multi-lingual internet portal in order to facilitate co-operation amongst relevant actors and access to their respective resources available in electronic format. The portal is online since April 2006. This portal is an answer to a number of challenges D@dalos has been observing throughout the years: there are innumerable programmes and projects in EDC and HRE, materials produced and experiences made, but how to find out about them? Existing contacts and networks are often coincidental, and there is no systematic and well organised co-ordination in this specific sector.

Before programming the portal, D@dalos had defined several guiding principles, i.e.:
As a consequence, the portal was set up as follows:
Two non-profit organisations share the responsibility for maintenance and further development of the portal (www.see-edc.info):

D@dalos Sarajevo, Sarajevo; contact: Haris Muhic (portal administrator, author of this text)
Pharos e.V. Stuttgart, Stuttgart; contact: Ingrid Halbritter M.A.

9. World as a village video clip

This link passed recently on to some of us. It's a very short video of the 'world as a village'. It's definitely worth the couple of minutes it takes to watch: www.miniature-earth.com
Hope you enjoy it and can may use of it.


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Editor Wim Taelman
DARE vzw, c/o VORMEN vzw
Lange Gasthuisstraat 29
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DARE network chairperson
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