Friday, 19 July 2013

Simulation „Diversity in the Police Force“ available in Czech and English

The simulation “Diversity in the Police Force” is an interactive 4-hour experience which explores approaches to increase diversity and intercultural understanding amongst public servants. The game also refers to the international human rights framework that prohibits racial discrimination. The scenario of the simulation is set in a fictitious city which is facing problems with racial discrimination, racial profiling and discriminatory hiring practices. A town hall meeting is summoned in order to decide what long-term reforms should be implemented.

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 simulation was recently translated to Czech and tested during a one-day seminar on integration of ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic. The seminar on June 20 was attended by 19 civil servants from Prague, among them policemen, social workers, firefighters and practitioners from labour and welfare offices.

The seminar was hosted by the Multicultural Center in cooperation with experts from People in Need (an NGO running Social Integration Programmes in 60 towns in the Czech Republic and Slovakia), La Strada (the only specialist organization in the Czech Republic focusing solely on help for trafficked and exploited individuals) and Humanity in Action (a network for human rights education which had developed the simulation).

To download the free English simulation manual, click here.

To check the Czech version of the manual, please get in contact with the Multicultural Center, Mr. Jan Ditko, jan.ditko(at)mkc.cz

Friday, 5 July 2013

NECE - Conference “The European Union and the Promise of Democracy: What can Citizenship Education and Civil Society contribute?” 14-16 November 2013, The Hague (the Netherlands)


This year´s NECE Conference will ask how effective citizens’ participation can help to reshape the European Union called the ‘sick man of Europe’ by a renowned research institute.

We believe, that European citizenship educators are facing at least two major challenges resulting from the developments in recent years. Firstly, Europe’s ongoing economic crisis has engendered a crisis of confidence in the European project and the costs and benefits of further European integration. And secondly, the economic crisis is dividing Europe and may ultimately lead to the break up of the EU. This is where the central questions begin and what will be the focus of this year´s NECE Conference.

With an eye to the elections to the European Parliament in May 2014, NECE 2013 will explore the topics of participation and democratisation of the European Union. Based on these issues, the NECE Conference in The Hague will discuss future scenarios for the EU and possible consequences for citizenship education.  And we propose to critically test and reflect European policy campaigns, discourses and projects in the face of crisis.

Frans Timmermans, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, and well-known Dutch publicist Paul Scheffer, professor of European Studies at Tilburg University, have already confirmed their participation.

The conference in The Hague will offer opportunities for a critical debate at four levels:
Scenarios and outlines for the future of the EU
European civil society and the 'democratic deficit' of the European Union
The role of citizenship education during the European crisis
Practical approaches and projects of citizenship education

Also, the possibility to actively take part will be provided in numerous workshops and forums.

At the end of the conference, the participants will draw up a public ‘Declaration’ comprising recommendations on the topics of democratisation and participation in the EU.

We would be pleased to welcome you in The Hague - hometown of our NECE partner ProDemos - House for Democracy and the Rule of Law and centre of governance in the Netherlands, as well as home to many institutions aimed at improving international justice and peace.

For pre-registration please use: nece-thehague2013@lab-concepts.de

For the conference participants we have reserved accommodation that can be booked individually (on the basis of self-payment) at Novotel World Forum Hotel: Novotel Den Haag World Forum. More organisational advice, as well as information about the current programme you may find at www.nece.eu

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference management at:

lab concepts GmbH
Friedrichstrasse 206 | 10969 Berlin
on behalf of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 252 932 56
Fax: +49 (0)30 252 932 61
E-Mail: nece-thehague2013@lab-concepts.de

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

EU-MFF 2014-2020 agreement reached: a budget for Erasmus+

Negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) which will define the EU budget 2014-2020 have just been closed. After more than one month of tense trialogue negotiations, the Presidents of the three EU institutions met to try to break the gridlock and an agreement was finally reached on 27 June (more flexibility between years on payments and commitments, commitment of the Council to ensure 2013 obligations are honoured, revision clause in 2016, the promise to initiate a serious reflection on own resources...). It seems that budget lines will not really change from what had been decided during the last EU Summit in February (with a global amount of €960bn), as political groups rather concentrated on those highly sensitive issues. An additional €150 million was frontloaded in 2014 and 2015 for Erasmus in the framework of measures adopted to tackle youth unemployment with a focus on apprenticeships.  Youth unemployment was also at the core of the European Summit's agenda last 27-28 June, where member states agreed to put in place the Quality Framework for Traineeships in early 2014. The MFF political agreement will be voted this Wednesday in Parliament plenary session and endorsed by the Council of Ministers. Then only, the Parliament will be able to adopt more than 60 Regulations awaiting for their budget allocation, among which the new Erasmus+ programme.

Source EUCIS- LLL

Future of European Lifelong Learning Program: ERASMUS+

Erasmus+: civil society concerns have been heard
The Erasmus+ funding programme 2014-2020, (formerly "Erasmus for all" as proposed by the Commission and the Council or "YES Europe" by the Parliament) has been officially approved by the Council (COREPER I) on 26 June after a compromise was reached in the inter-institutional "trialogue" negotiations. The programme will include the three streamlined actions initially elaborated by the Commission (learning mobility, cooperation for innovation and good practices and support for policy reform) but also keep the different sub-programmes as reintroduced by the Parliament (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Erasmus Mundus, Youth in Action). Almost half of the programme budget (43%) will be dedicated to higher education. The rest of budget allocation per sectors are the following: 22% to Leonardo da Vinci, 15% to Comenius and 5% to Grundtvig; 10% will go to Youth in Action; 1,8% to Sport; 1,9% to Jean Monnet; 3,4% and 3,5% for the Loan Guarantee Mechanism. Doris Pack (EPP), Parliament Rapporteur for Erasmus+, ensured that support to European education and training NGOs had been included in the legal basis, in response to more than a year and a half of advocacy by the Stakeholders' Coalition lead by EUCIS-LLL. The final legal basis for Erasmus+ will be adopted during the next CULT Committee and voted in Parliament plenary session in September, then officially signed by the three EU institutions.

Source: EUCIS- LLL