Thursday, 23 July 2015

COE: Invitation to take part in testing descriptors for Competences for Democratic Culture from July to mid-September 2015

As you know, the Council of Europe’s Education Department, in co-operation with numerous international experts, has developed a new theoretical model of Competences for Democratic Culture. The next stage in the project was to compile a bank of descriptors that would help educators assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. We would now like to invite education professionals at all levels and in all areas to take part in this project and respond to an online questionnaire to test the clarity and relevance of these descriptors.
The link below will take you to the Competences for Democratic Culture page on the Council of Europe’s Education website. There you will find a brief explanation of the project and the aim of the questionnaire as well as a link to the questionnaire itself in several languages. 
www.coe.int/competences  

As you will see in the introduction, it will take about 45 minutes to answer the questionnaire. In order to cover as many descriptors as possible there will eventually be up to 30 different questionnaires, each on 30 descriptors. Those who wish to do so are therefore welcome to fill in several questionnaires throughout the summer period. The questionnaires will be open until mid-September 2015. The results will enable us to select the most reliable descriptors for piloting in concrete learning contexts in 2016. The final full reference framework, comprising the model, descriptors and various support documents, will be published at the end of 2017.
We would also be very grateful indeed if you would send this link to your contacts and networks and encourage them to take part in this online consultation. The more responses we get, the more reliable the results of the consultation will be. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my colleague Christopher Reynolds (in copy).

source: COE 
Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation/DG Democracy
Council of Europe - Conseil de l'Europe

Friday, 17 July 2015

Call for registrations and papers for 6th International Human Rights Education Conference (Middelburg, Netherlands, 17-19 December 2015)

DARE member HREA and the University College Roosevelt (UCR) will co-organize the 6th International Human Rights Education Conference in Middelburg, the Netherlands on 17-19 December 2015. For instructions for the call for papers and to register, please visit the conference website: www.ihrec2015.org.
“Translating Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms to Today’s World” is the theme of the conference. In 1941, at the height of the World War II, US President Franklin Roosevelt famously called for the protection of four essential human freedoms everywhere in the world: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These freedoms were an inspiration in the writing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted over two years by the Commission on Human Rights under the chairmanship of Eleanor Roosevelt. Since its adoption in December 1948, the Universal Declaration has sparked struggles for social justice all over the world. At the same time, Roosevelt’s four freedoms are still far from realization – in many corners of the world.
Human rights education (HRE) has often been identified as the key connection between the lofty language in human rights treaties and a more just global and local order. Education is key in strengthening knowledge of human rights, supporting them and developing skills to realize them. Since the start of the UN Decade of Human Rights Education twenty years ago, enormous strides have been made in this field. At the same time, many questions remain. To what extent, in today’s context of globalization and fragmentation, can human rights be translated into local action? What gets lost in claims for human rights? How to introduce human rights-based approaches in fields such as health care, education and combating poverty?
The International Human Rights Education Conference is an annual event that brings together experts and scholars of human rights education from all over the world. Past conference speakers include Nobel Peace Prize winners, government ministers and ombudsmen from various countries, members of regional and international organizations, senior government officials, and scholars from leading universities and research centers and civil society. After earlier editions in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Taiwan and the United States, the 6th edition of the International Human Rights Education Conference will take place in the Netherlands.
For instructions for the call for papers and to register, please visit the conference website: www.ihrec2015.org.