DARE is a
network of NGOs and other organisations aiming to raise the
profile of Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) and Human Rights
Education (HRE), improve the quality of EDC/HRE services, and promote
transcultural and transnational cooperation of all stakeholders in the
DARE aims to achieve recognition, visibility and adequate resources
for EDC and HRE as a core obligation for the formal and non-formal
education systems throughout Europe.
DARE stakeholder conferences
provide annual platforms for cooperation between practitioners, policy
makers and researchers in the
European Lifelong Learning Communities.
They are linked to the European Years and focus on relevant issues in
the field of HRE/EDC in adult learning. Conference results are
published and disseminated through the
DARE Blue Lines series.
voice the concerns and expertise of the DARE community and sum up
outcomes of DARE activities. As a key European player in EDC/HRE, DARE
is regularly involved in stakeholder meetings on various European
They include a
Hearing in the European Parliament on coherent framework policies
in EDC/HRE (DARE
presentation), participation in the
Fundamental Rights Platform of the EU
Fundamental Rights Agency and cooperation with the Division on
Citizenship and Human Rights Education of the
Council of Europe.
All advocacy activities aim to link DARE´s expertise back to policy
making and vice versa.
Special Interest Groups 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 and capacity
building for NGOs in the field.
Synchronized Action Days promote
the visibility of European EDC/HRE activities at the grassroots level.
They take place every year around Human Rights Day (December 10). DARE
collects and showcases the full spectrum of European grassroots
activities in the field. A yearly compilation is published in the
DARE Blue Lines series and
disseminated to stakeholders on the local, regional, national and
DARE publications include
the DARE Blue Lines series, the
the e-DARE newsletter, and regular mailings to European stakeholders
in lifelong learning.
Based on the specific
objectives of the Lifelong Learning Programme outlined in the
DECISION No 1720/2006/EC and the
European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning, the
EU Project “DARE - Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult
Learning” strives to
reinforce the contribution
of lifelong learning to social cohesion, active citizenship,
intercultural dialogue, gender equality and personal fulfilment;
reinforce the role of
lifelong learning in creating a sense of European citizenship based on
understanding and respect for human rights and democracy, and
encouraging tolerance and respect for other peoples and cultures;
argue for the
understanding that social and civic skills are fundamental competences
for lifelong and life wide learning.