Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Free Download: Simulation Game on Education Reforms

Humanity in Action has developed a simulation on reforms in the educational system.

The game is designed for youth and adult education. It can be played with a group of 8-30 participants in 3-4 hours. The simulation manual (in English) contains detailed information for facilitators, the scenario and all role cards. It is now available for download in the HIA Teaching Tool Library.

The negotiation-based game addresses inequalities and structural discrimination within an educational system. The fictitious country Loristan just underwent a peaceful change in regime. One important task for the new government is to decide how education will be organized from now on. The Minister of Education initiated a Commission to come up with a recommendation for a new educational system.
The game simulates a meeting of this Commission, with the aim of developing a set of recommendations that will serve as the government’s vision for further development of the country’s educational system.

The educational objectives of the simulation are:
- familiarizing participants with different educational systems, including their advantages and disadvantages
- raising awareness of human rights-related problems in educational reform, such as rights of minorities or non-discriminatory educational policies
- raising awareness of conflicts among rights related to education

If you are interested in using the simulation, just download the manual and feel free to use it! Humanity in Action is grateful for any feedback on how to further improve this educational tool.

Free Download: Simulation Manual on Diversity Issues in the Public Service

Humanity in Action has developed a simulation on diversity issues in the public service.

The game is designed for youth and adult education. It can be played with a group of 11-30 participants in 4,5 hours. The simulation manual (in English) contains detailed information for facilitators, the scenario and all role cards. It is now available for download in the HIA Teaching Tool Library.

The educational objectives of the simulation are:
- Develop an understanding of different perspectives on the value of diversity to the public sector and employment
- Explore approaches to promoting diversity, including cultural competence in the workplace, blind applications, minority recruitment, and enforcement of quotas

The negotiation-based game addresses a fictitious scenario: A city has been facing problems with racial discrimination, highlighted by the release of two studies pointing to racial profiling by policemen and discriminatory hiring practices within the police department. A town hall meeting is summoned in order to decide what long-term reforms the police department should implement.

The game prompts participants to think about different approaches communities might choose to increase diversity and promote intercultural understanding amongst public servants. The game also refers to the international human rights framework that prohibits racial discrimination and calls on states to promote understanding between racial-ethnic groups.


If you are interested in using the simulation, just download the manual and feel free to use it! Humanity in Action is grateful for any feedback on how to further improve this educational tool.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Fundamental Rights Agency April 24-26 - DARE Get-Together?

Dear DARE blog readers,

who of you is representing a participant organisation of the FRA NGO platform? Might you be around at the next NGO platform meeting at the Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna (April 24-26, 2013)? Are you planning a presentation during a "The Floor is Yours" session?

It would be great to use this opportunity for a get-together, exchange our views and join forces and brains. Drop me a line or leave a comment here on the blog!

Best, Anne Stalfort
Humanity in Action (DARE member)

DARE Network SPRING ACADEMY 2013: "Innovative approaches in HRE/EDC to overcome discrimination of vulnerable groups in Europe", Maribor/ Slovenia April 3 – 5, 2013



Dear members of DARE Network and all involved in HRE/EDC,

Prejudice and discrimination towards certain vulnerable groups are indicators of a society’s inability to integrate diverse individuals and minorities. Negative attitudes towards disadvantaged societal groups in particular, and towards diversity in general, are a barrier to integration and social cohesion. With the Amsterdam Treaty in 1997 the European Union agreed on joint action against prejudice and discrimination towards several target groups.

What is today the position of HRE/EDC regarding the political, economical and social contexts of discrimination towards vulnerable groups in Europe? What are the elements of successful education practices in the field? Is there already a common European perspective on the topic?

These are some of the questions you are invited to explore at the DARE Spring Academy 2013. The meeting also includes an introduction as well as some facts and figures to the situation of vulnerable groups (LGBT, the “erased” citizens, Roma and the Jewish minority) in Slovenia.

The DARE Spring Academy 2013 is hosted by the Slovenian Center for Citizenship Education within the framework of an EU Grundtvig project on „Adult Education Strategies to Overcome Group-Focused Hostility in Europe”. In the framework of this 2-year collaboration, six European adult education providers exchange best practices, discuss national particularities of educational strategies to tackle group-focused hostility and identify common all-European approaches.





The project "Adult Education Strategies to Overcome Group-Focused Hostility in Europe," German Project Code.: 2011-1-DE2-GRU06-07815 1, is funded with support from the European Commission.

REGISTRATION & FEES

The Spring Academy is open to all interested Europeans engaged in Adult Learning. There are no registration fees, but participants have to arrange their own travel and accommodation. 


DARE members can be reimbursed for accommodation and travel costs (up to 250 €) if they offer expert  input or best practice presentations at  the Spring Academy.
For further information please directly contact Georg Pirker at the DARE secretariat: pirker@adb.de  


Draft agenda:

Wednesday, April 3rd       
19.00     Arrival of participants, Reception with welcoming dinner.

Thursday, April 4th
9.00         Welcome (DARE and Center for Citizenship Education)
9.15         Elena Begant, project director, Center for Citizenship Education:
                “Innovative approaches in adult education to overcome group-focused hostility in Europe
10.00       Expert input with discussion
11.00       Coffee break
11.30       Expert input with discussion
12.00       Plenary discussion.
13.00       Lunch
15.00       Expert input with discussion
16.30       Parallel workshops
20.00       Group dinner

Friday, April 5th
10.00        Welcome again.
10.15        Workshop in the community - visit to Maribor’s Synagogue:
                “Jews in Maribor / Educational strategies to counteract antisemitism in Maribor
12.0                 Workshop in the community - visit to CAAP / Infopeka: ”Educational strategies to counteract group-focused hostility with young adults”
13.30        Lunch break
15.00        Workshop in the community - visit to Romano Pralipe: “”Educational strategies to counteract group-focused hostility of Roma in Maribor
16.00         Sightseeing tour of Maribor (optional)
20.00        Dinner

Saturday, April 6th
Departure of participants


Venue: 

Youth informative and counselling centre INFOPEKA
Ob zeleznici 8
2000 Maribor
Slovenia

Contact person:
Elena Begant, Project Director
Center for Citizenahip Education, Robiceva 30, 2341 Limbus, Slovenia
info@eip-cdv.si  www.eip-cdv.si mobile +386 31 577 971

News from the Brussels bubble (source: EUCIS-LLL)

EUCIS-LLL reports on several developments on the EU level in brief:

European Council agreement on the EU Budget 2014-2020: Erasmus for All cut, but still increased compared to previous budget
Last 8th of February the heads of state and government of all EU Member States reached an agreement on the next EU budget for 2014-2020, that for the first time ever will decrease. This has impacted the proposed new programme for education, training, youth and sports – Erasmus for All. Following the conclusions on the Multiannual Financial Framework, the sub-heading where this programme is included (competitiveness) has been cut almost 25% in relation to the Commission proposal. This will mean that, assuming a linear cut, Erasmus for All will get around €14.6bn compared to the initial €19bn. These are of course only initial estimations. The new budget proposal will now be discussed in the European Parliament before it is put to a final vote in a few months' time, which means that the deal achieved by the heads of government is just the beginning of the process. The Parliament is concerned that the budget is not ambitious enough. In the meantime, the Commission will take into account this new budget allocation proposal and come up with suggestions on how the available funds could be concretely divided among the funding programmes. EUCIS-LLL has been advocating for a substantial increase of the EU budget for education and training, showing the benefits of investing in education and training for growth and jobs.

Education Council: Erasmus for All and education for growth and jobs
On 15 February 2013, the EU's education ministers adopted Conclusions on investing in education and training, in response to the recent Commission communication "Rethinking Education". It also held a policy debate on "Education and Skills for Jobs, Stability and Growth", in the context of the European Semester and in particular the education aspects of the 2013 Annual Growth Survey. The Council also took note of the state of play concerning the proposal for a regulation establishing "Erasmus for All". The negotiations between the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission will start on 19 February 2013. Since there is significant common ground between the European Parliament's and the Council's positions, there are reasonable hopes that an agreement is reached before the summer, which would enable important preparatory work by the Commission to be completed in time for the programme to begin, as proposed, on 1 January 2014. Concerning the European Council agreement on the MFF of 8th of February, the Council highlighted that even though the EU budget has been decreased, the next EU budget for education will experience a substantial increase compared to the MFF 2007-2013.

Commission calls Entrepreneurship education to be boosted…
Entrepreneurial education and training to support growth and business creation is one of three key areas identified for immediate intervention by the European Commission's Entrepreneurship2020 Action Plan. With this plan, adopted on January 9, the Commission invited Member States to ensure that the key competence "entrepreneurship" is embedded into curricula across primary, secondary, vocational, higher and adult education before the end of 2015.

A Grand Coalition for ICT Jobs and Training
The European Commission in March is due to launch a so-called Grand Coalition for ICT Jobs and Training at a conference in Brussels on 4-5 March. The EU executive is seeking collaboration on industry-led training, assisting labour mobility, certifying skills, improving school and university curriculums, and creating an entrepreneurs friendly environment for start-ups. Such Grand Coalition is itself part of the Commission’s Employment Package and is seeking to capitalise and intensify existing policies, such as the Digital Agenda for Europe, the E-skills Strategy, the Opening Up Education initiative, the Rethinking Education Strategy, the Youth Opportunities Initiative, and the EU Skills Panorama.


source EUCIS LLL newsletter #53, February 2013

DARE is a member of EUCIS-LLL, the European platform of European Organisations active in Lifelong-learning.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Workshop and Simulation: European Regime Changes

What were the social and political causes for the political transitions in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 1980s?
How can the national histories of transitions be placed in the context of other political movements?
What consequences did the regime change have on the individuals and on the societies as a whole?

These were the guiding questions of a workshop hosted by Humanity in Action Germany, February 3-9, 2013. A participant group of 14 engaged citizens aged 25 to 56 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Turkey explored the dynamics and repercussions of the regime changes in Europe in the late 1980s.

The first part of the workshop consisted of discussions and testimonies from participants, eyewitnesses and others experts. Field trips to the Berlin Wall memorial and the Stasi prison memorial showed examples of transitional justice and public remembrance in the unified Germany

In the second part, the group played a regime change simulation developed by Humanity in Action Senior Felloes in 2009. This simulation is situated in a fictitious country in the midst of political upheaval and regime change. The society's dominant interest groups come together to negotiate a course of action that is acceptable to all. Participants are asked to represent one of these interest groups.

The simulation manual is available for download in the Humanity in Action Teaching Tool Library.

The workshop was supported by the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Share your views: World Programme for Human Rights Education

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights would like to seek the views of national human rights institutions and other relevant stakeholders as specified in the Human Rights Council resolution 21/14 entitled “World Programme for Human Rights Education”, adopted on 27 September 2012.

At operative paragraph 6, the Human Rights Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to seek the views of States, national human rights institutions and other relevant stakeholders on the target sectors, focus areas or thematic human rights issues for the third phase of the World Programme, and to submit a report thereon to the Council at its twenty-fourth session (September 2013).

By way of background, it is recalled that the World Programme is an ongoing initiative structured in consecutive phases to advance the implementation of human rights education programmes in all sectors. The first phase (2005-2009) was dedicated to human rights education in primary and secondary school systems, and the second phase (2010- 2014) focuses on human rights education for higher education and on human rights training programmes for teachers and educators, civil servants, law enforcement officials and military personnel at all levels.

In accordance with the above-mentioned Human Rights Council resolution 21/14, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is now soliciting views on the possible focus for the third phase of the World Programme to begin on 1 January 2015 and in particular:

(1) the target sector (e.g. a professional group, a group of rights holders, the general public, etc.);
(2) focus areas or thematic human rights issues (e.g. a specific right, a group of rights or a global issue of particular importance for protection and promotion of human rights).

The Office of the High Commissioner would also appreciate receiving information on the reason for suggesting a specific target sector, focus areas or thematic issues.

All responses should be sent to the Methodology, Education and Training Section at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (fax: + 41 22 917 9008; e-mail: registry@ohchr.org, copy wphre@ohchr.org) no later than 2 April 2013.

All documentation and other information related to the World Programme for Human Rights Education is available on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner at the following site:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Education/Training/Pages/Programme.aspx

Thank you in advance.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 
Methodology, Education and Training Section