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DARE is a Europe-wide 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 field.

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.

Policy recommendations 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 levels.

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 European level.

DARE publications include the DARE Blue Lines series, the DARE blog, the e-DARE newsletter, and regular mailings to European stakeholders in lifelong learning.

EU Project Documentation - Navigation


Project Documentation - Homepage


Policy Recommendations


Publications, Blog, e-DARE


Special Interest Groups


Conferences 2008-2010


Synchronized Action Days





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.



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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (134263-LLP-1-DE-GRUNDTVIG-GNW). This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.