The DARE network

The Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe (DARE) Network was officially launched on 28 June 2003 in Antwerp (Antwerp Declaration on Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe).

We are a Europe-wide network of primarily NGOs, academic institutions and training providers devoted to promote active democratic citizenship and human rights through formal education, non-formal and informal education, and life-long learning.

DARE is registered under Belgian NPO law (Ondernemingsnummer: 480.114.168) as a non-profit organisation (vereniging zonder winstoogmerk) and has its legal seat in Belgium (DARE vzw, Rue de l’Industrie 10, 1000 Brussels). The network currently consists of 36 members from 26 countries in Europe.

Activities

Together we build a community of practice representing different approaches of education. We advocate for independent human rights and democratic citizenship education and contribute to an improvement of the framing conditions, especially in the non-formal learning field. Therefore, DARE is engaged in:

  • exchange of information, contents, methods and staff;
  • common programmes for education and qualification of staff, board members and volunteers in member organisations;
  • advocacy for education for democratic citizenship and human rights at the Council of Europe, European Union and United Nations;
  • common educational projects, exchange on standards and good practice.

Goals

DARE aims to achieve recognition, visibility and adequate resources for education for democratic citizenship (EDC) and human rights education (HRE) as a core obligation for the formal, non-formal and informal education throughout Europe. DARE has been established to address two shortcomings in the present arrangements for NGOs in Europe carrying out invaluable work in democracy and human rights education:

  • the prevalence of NGOs which tend to work without adequate resources and in isolation, and are therefore inhibited in their access to information, to potential European partners, and to effective lobbying;
  • the distance between research and practice, academia and activists, political scientists and educators in EDC/HRE.