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 DARE Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIG) serve as think-tanks for the network. They pool the expertise of partner organisations, collect evidence on EDC/HRE issues, develop innovative educational tools, and provide professional support, capacity building and advocacy for NGOs in the field.

The DARE Special Interest Groups meet regularly on the following issues:

SIG 1: Advocacy for EDC/ HRE
SIG 2: Common Projects
SIG 3: Action and Research

All SIG activities led to high-quality manuals (DARE Blue Lines) pooling the DARE network expertise and disseminated as a tool for quality improvement and capacity building.

 SIG 1: Advocacy for EDC/ HRE

This group collects evidence on the state of affairs in EDC/HRE on national and European level, provides advocacy tools and opportunities to all members and links the NGO grassroots expertise back to policy making and vice versa.

A series of focus meetings with adult education experts and other stakeholders led to regularly published policy recommendations (see DARE Blog), among them “Towards a coherent policy framework for EDC/HRE in Europe” and a hearing in the European Parliament on the same issue, which was a milestone for the outreach of the DARE network.

Dissemination and networking activities included participation at several European conferences, among them the Networking European Citizenship Education (NECE) Conference “The Impact of Cultural and Citizenship Education on Social Cohesion” (see DARE Blog) and the EACEA conference “Grundtvig, a decade of European innovation in adult learning” where DARE was presented as best practice in the section “Active Citizenship” (see here). More activities are listed here.

 SIG 2: Common Projects

This group provides information on funding opportunities and supports all network members to get involved in common educational projects, using the diversity of expertise in EDC/HRE, the geographical diversity of the network, and the diversity of target groups.

It served as an incubator for several joint projects in the field of EDC/HRE and lifelong learning, building consortia with partners inside and outside the DARE network.

Results include focus meetings on "Evaluation and Communication Criteria for Effective Networking", “Fundraising strategies for European initiatives in the field of EDC/HRE”, "Children's Rights Education for Adults" and "Active Citizenship", a conference on "Pathways Interconnecting History Education and EDC/HRE in Adult Learning", and an international workshop on "Methodologies of Human Rights Education".

The group introduced, discussed, disseminated and trained more than 50 Adult Learning projects DARE members are involved with (among them the “Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination Training Programme”, which has been awarded the European Commission´s Gold Prize for the best Adult Education Project in 2008

 SIG 3: Action and Research

This group bridges the gap between practice and research, between practitioners on the grassroot level and academia.

Results include discussion papers on "Teaching Politics in a Globalized World", “Intercultural challenges for NGOs active in EDC/HRE”, a manual “Children´s Rights Education for Adults”, a manual on "Pathways Interconnecting History Education and EDC/HRE in Adult Learning", and a toolbox on "Methodologies of Human Rights Education."

DARE policy recommendations also result of vital exchange with researchers on DARE conferences and meetings. Furthermore, regular reviews of relevant research in the field of EDC/HRE are published on the DARE Blog.

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Special Interest Groups


Conferences 2008-2010


Synchronized Action Days



DARE Focus Meeting in Copenhagen (2009): “Fundraising strategies for European initiatives in the field of EDC/HRE

DARE Focus Meeting in Brussels (2010): "Children's Rights Education for Adults"

DARE presentation at the Göteburg Adult Education Conference in 2009

DARE Berlin Conference: Explaining the simulation game...


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, the Special Interest Groups strive to:

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

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

  • improve pedagogical approaches and the management of adult education organisations.



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