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 DARE Conferences 2008-2010

DARE's annual conferences 2008-2010 set a specific focus on issues for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights in line with the respective European Years:

2008: European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

2009: European Year of Creativity and Innovation

2010: European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

DARE conferences provide a forum for meeting, discussion and exchange between NGO practitioners, leading research and policy stakeholders from all over Europe.

Furthermore the conferences aim to stimulate the work of the participants and to bring the often abstract level of European debates to the groundwork of NGO´s and vice versa.

By thus they reach for maximum output towards all directions. Policy recommendations and Conference documentations are regularly published in the DARE BLUE LINES series and on the DARE blog.

DARE Focus Meetings 2008-2010

In the course of this project, several focus meetings took place, among them:

2010: Active Citizenship (Vilnius)

2010: Children's Rights Education for Adults (Brussels)

2009: Fundraising Strategies for European Initiatives in the Field of EDC/HRE (Copenhagen)

2008: Evaluation and Communication Criteria for Effective Networking (see DARE Manuals 2008) (Brussels)

"Intercultural Dialogue: Challenge for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights" was the topic of the DARE Conference in Vienna (Nov. 14-16, 2008), providing a forum for more than 160 stakeholders from 37 countries active in the twin fields of civic and human rights education ...more

“Pathways interconnecting History Education and Democratic Citizenship/Human Rights Education in Adult Learning” was the title of the DARE conference panels and workshops at the history forum in Berlin (May 28-30, 2009), a huge conference on occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the iron curtain that attracted more than 6000 attendants ...more

“Tackling poverty with Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights in Adult Learning” launched the European Year 2010 for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion from the NGO perspective. More than 170 participants from NGO, research and policy making levels gathered in the city of Glasgow (March 3-5, 2010) for sound exchange and discussions ...more

“A Europe of Active Citizens: Assessment, Policy Responses and Recommendations on Active Citizenship Education” was the title of the DARE conference in Budapest (November 11, 2010). It provided a forum for an European overview and assessment of the current knowledge base and policy directions and stimulated professional discussion in the field of active citizenship...more


The DARE conference results were not only published in the DARE Blue Lines, but also presented to the wider Grundtvig community at several relevant European conferences (see complete list on page policy recommendations). Based on the operational objectives and the specific objectives of the Lifelong Learning Programme outlined in the DECISION No 1720/2006/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL and the European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning, the DARE conferences aim

  • to encourage "the best use of results, innovative products and processes and to exchange good practice in the fields covered by the Lifelong Learning Programme, in order to improve the quality of education and training” as well as “to reinforce the contribution of lifelong learning to social cohesion, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, gender equality and personal fulfilment;

  • to improve the quality and to increase the volume of cooperation between organisations involved in adult education throughout Europe;”

  • to facilitate the development of innovative practices in adult education and their transfer, including from a participating country to others ”by bringing together GRUNDTVIG and other projects with relevance for EDC/HRE;

  • to assist people from vulnerable social groups and in marginal social contexts, in particular older people and those who have left education without basic qualifications, in order to give them alternative opportunities to access adult education” by setting a specific focus on issues related to these needs;

  • to support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning;

  • to improve pedagogical approaches and the management of adult education organisations;

  • to argue for the understanding that social and civic competences are crucial for LLL.



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