Wednesday, 23 April 2008

New DARE members

DARE is privledged to welcome two new member organisations in its network: Active Citizenship Foundation from Hungary and Children Today Centre from Albania.

Friday, 18 April 2008

OSCE publishes guide on teaching about religions and beliefs

OSCE Press release

WARSAW, 18 April 2008 - The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, ODIHR, has launched a new guide in Madrid on preparing curricula for teaching about religions and beliefs in a manner sensitive to human rights concerns.

The publication, Toledo Guiding Principles on Teaching about Religions and Beliefs in Public Schools, is designed to assist educators, legislators, teachers and officials in education ministries and in private or religious schools to ensure that teaching about different religions and beliefs is carried out in a fair and balanced manner.

"It is important for young people to acquire a better understanding of the role that religions play in today's pluralistic world," the ODIHR Director, Ambassador Christian Strohal, said in his foreword to the book. "The need for such education will continue to grow as different cultures and identities interact with each other through travel, commerce, media or migration."

The Guiding Principles were developed by the ODIHR Advisory Council on Freedom of Religion or Belief, together with other leading experts. They list procedures for assuring fairness in the development of curricula, as well as treatment of pupils from many different faith backgrounds. The Spanish OSCE Chairmanship paid for the publication of the book.

The publication is available (in English and Spanish) on this link: http://www.osce.org/item/28314.html

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Politische Bildung in Aktion - Civic Education in Action

German federal agency for civic education and Robert Bosch Stiftung call for applications: 30 stipendia for specialists (volunteers or staff members) from Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republik and Hungary who areactive in the field of EDC, HRE, civic education.
The program aims to qualify specialists, who want to contribute waving the network for EDC/Civic education in Europe. It contains a 8-10 week hospitation in german educational institutions, cooperation with german colleagues and aims to stimulate future cooperations. During their stay in germany the hospitants develop a project that deals with civic or political situation in their home country. The project is supported by the hosting institution and can be granted up to 2.700 €.
Have a look at the call, application form etc. in German on
http://www.bpb.de/veranstaltungen/21NR54,0,Politische_Bildung_in_Aktion.html
Deadline for application on 30th May 2008.
Contact:
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
Frau Christiane Toyka-Seid
Programmkoordination
Politische Bildung in Aktion
bpb-inaktion@gmx.de