Monday, 22 May 2017

DARE network: points to be considered when revising the LLL key competences framework.

The DARE network welcomes the EU initiative for the revision of key competences on lifelong learning.

As a network providing expertise from the view of non-formal Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship Education we want to underline some points to be considered in the revision process:
  • The orientation of any learning on key competences has become meanwhile a well- established tool for the design, layout and implementation of any learning processes. Instead of reinventing the wheel we ask for slight and reasonable development of the frames aiming for more coherence among the single competences fields. Our aim should be not to put learning systems and environments under more pressure as they already are. Adult learning and youth work have developed in the recent years a various amount of tools oriented on key competences to train pedagogical staff. Also there are plenty of educational concepts to apply the existing frames of key competences practically into any learning settings with children, youth and adults.
  • The solely economic utilization of learning is a threat to democracy. Instead the transversal character of learning in order to create the conditions for a meaningful living together in our societies needs to be more acknowledged. Therefore the relation of all key competences to Human Rights, to civic and social development be it on the personal level, be it on societal level needs to be better worked out.
  • Civic competences enable for adequate participation, democratic involvement in society and therefore should be of a transversal character, which affects all fields of competence learning. This transversal character of civic competences should be more focused when reframing the LLL- competencies framework.
  • To appropriately learn key competences requires adequate learning environments. Especially for the field of non-formal education - be it in youth work or adult learning - in most EU countries (and beyond) there is a huge gap of systemic and infrastructural back- up, which in the recent years has become bigger: this relates to – initial training of staff, the financial support to organisations providing NFE, the establishment of non-formal education as independent training and learning field which is not primarily oriented on the idea of economic utilization, but asks for a wider impact on democratic and pluralist societies. In line with the revision of key competences framework we ask the EU to put more emphasis on the systemic back-up and reflect upon the need to establish adequate learning pathways and systems. Especially under a lifelong learning perspective the importance of a proper connection between the field of non-formal education and formal, higher and VET education becomes more important and can work only if the different learning educational fields (formal, non-formal, informal) are adequately recognized.
  • Acquiring digital competences should be much more oriented towards their democracy related dimensions: the importance to offer training and experiential learning spaces for critical media use, media literacy and the ability to reflect upon social media in democratic societies has become a core field core field with high relevance for living together in democratic societies. It should be entirely clear that this dimension requires age-adequate learning settings and also should be recognized as being of a transversal character. Especially related to learning with youth and kids we need to emphasize that digital competences are an emerging learning field where the learners have often more skills than the educators.
  • There should be highlighted the need to develop new forms of assessment that fully take into consideration the different approaches and aims of formal, non-formal learning and of informal learning.
  • The competence model clearly should refer to the holistic character of learning with the aim to contribute to the shaping of impact oriented learning processes: Civic Competence is formed in a wide, heterogenic learning space and therefore characterized through an interaction of different learning experiences that have to be connected in a consciously designed learning process. The more these different learning opportunities complement each other the more the learning process becomes efficient and sustainable. Such processes can be designed in formal and non-formal learning environments. They combine group interaction and learning, self-experience, cognitive learning, opportunities for informal learning and reflection and should provide any learner for experiencing democratic self-efficacy.

Georg Pirker,
DARE network secretariate –

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Call for Applications: AAB Summer School on Democracy and Development (Pristina, 14-27 August 2017)

Deadline:  31 May 2017
Open to: students
Venue: 14– 27 August 2017, Pristina, Kosovo


AAB Summer School on Democracy and Development: International Development, Decentralization Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Societies – Kosovo and the Balkans is an educational program that provides students enrolled in a university outside of Kosovo and the region with the opportunity to spend two weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice in a post-conflict area right in the middle of Europe. Participants of the program will also visit three other Balkans countries, Albania (listed no. 4 in the New York Times‘ list of places to go in 2014) and Macedonia. The AAB Summer School on Democracy and Development is modeled after the Balkans Peace Program, which was initiated and run by TBG Foundation between 2012 and 2016.
The program consists of three key components:
  1. one academic course (of 4 ECTS credits) on International Development, Decentralization Politics, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Societies: Kosovo and the Balkans and meetings with government officials in Kosovo;
  2. a tour of historic and tourist sites of Kosovo, Albania, and Macedonia;
  3. cultural immersion  – students will be paired with local students;
  4. publication opportunity – 10 best essays will be published in the international scientific review “Thesis” in autumn edition provided you submit your AAB Summer School paper (essay) in time and as per given guidelines, you may be included in the Thesis 2017 edited book scheduled to be published in the fall of 2017.
AAB Summer School 2017 takes place from 14 to 27 August 2017. Participants will be accommodated in the Pristina area, the largest city in Kosovo, with a population of over 400 000.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
  • be a currently enrolled student in good standing (at the undergrad or  grad level) at a recognized institution in your home country or professionals in the field of law, political sciences, public administration, sociology;
  • be at least 18 years old;
  • possess a valid passport for travel to Kosovo and the area;
  • possess valid health insurance for the duration of your stay in Kosovo and the region.


679, 00 EUR per person. The student shall pay the bank transfer fees.Included: program costs, accommodation in dormitory or hostel, all program activities, tours, accommodation and meals while on program tours. Not included: transportation costs from your country of origin to Kosovo.


To be considered for a place on the AAB Summer School 2017, please fill out and submit the following Online Application. Please make sure you have the following documents ready in either PDF or DOC format so that you can upload them here and submit them with your application as required:
  • Your CV / Resume;
  • A Cover Letter explaining your interest in the program and/or the area / field of study;
  • Copy of your college / university transcript (only if you are requesting financial support). Unofficial transcripts issued to the student are acceptable;
  • Certificate of Enrolment / student status (only if you are not submitting a transcript).
In order to apply, register HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact with Mr. Liridon Bajrami via email:

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Study Session “Inclusion for all through Human Rights Education” (Budapest, 10-17 September 2017)

Study Session “Inclusion for all through Human Rights Education”

Seminar / Conference
10-17 September 2017 | European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary
The International network “Participation for All” working in Europe and Asia in cooperation and with financial support of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe ( has decided to organise the study session “Inclusion for all through Human Rights Education” to give the opportunity for participants to exchange their experiences of non-formal education and youth work practices in participants countries. During the session participants will gain knowledge on human rights education practices in the field of social inclusion and participation of young people with disabilities, and mixed ability approach (inclusive approach). International and Interregional cooperation for more effective action on either governmental and non-governmental levels in this area will be initiated and developed.
The main aim of this study session is to promote human rights education as an effective tool for social inclusion of young people with the particular focus on young people with disabilities.
Profile of Participants:
It is expected that the Study Session will bring together the youth workers, youth leaders, and representatives of NGOs or other structures from 20 countries. Participants are expected to be:
– actively working with young people, mixed ability groups and aware of youth work realities,
– be resident of one of the country – the member state of the Council of Europe or from Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan);
– motivated and able to take part in the full duration of the activity and to share previous experience;
– willing to promote and implement HRE with mixed ability groups ;
– aged 18 – 30 years (with some exceptions);
– are in a position to contribute to the development of the Network and initiate partnerships for follow up actions;
– able to communicate independently in Russian and/or English;
Inclusion principles will be applied when selecting participants in the study session, i.e. it will be attended by participants with and without disabilities.
Participants are expected to provide a contribution to the Study Session from their personal experience and knowledge of the topic and provide input to the construction of the follow up.
The invited participants should be available for the full duration of the Study Session, i.e. arrive on Sunday 10th September before 19.00 and depart on Sunday 17th September.
Available downloads:
Application deadline: June 4
Training overview:
This Seminar / Conference is for 21 participants from KAZAKHSTAN, Russian Federation, TAJIKISTAN, TURKMENISTAN, Eastern Partnership countries , Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries , Western Balkan countries  and recommended for Youth workers, Youth leaders, Project managers, Representatives of NGOs and other structures
Working language(s): English and Russian
Organizer: International network “Participation for All” (NGO/Others)
“The „Participation for All” is an International network of youth organisations and NGOs working with young people, youth workers and professionals. The network was created as a result of a long term cooperation project between different organisation from Europe and Central Asia and is dedicated to participation and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, particularly with physical disabilities, by means of non-formal education. The aim of the network is to 1. promote active citizenship, 2. foster the development of active civil society and 3. increase participation of young people, particularly those with fewer opportunities, marginalised and minority groups in public life.
Co-organizer(s):  Youth Department of the Council of Europe (NGO/Others)
Contact for questions: Natalja Gudakovska
Phone: +371 29452445
Travel expenses and visa costs are reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts, according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire study session may be reimbursed.
Board and lodging will be provided and paid for by the Council of Europe at the European Youth Centre in Budapest.
The European Youth Centre Budapest aims to secure full accessibility and the best possible support to all selected participants to enable them to fully participate in the meeting.
IMPORTANT! Please provide in the application form clear and detailed information regarding your needs so the organisers can secure accessibility of the activity for you.
An enrollment fee of 50 Euros is payable by each participant. This amount will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed for travel expenses. For participants with travel costs lower than 50 Euros, the difference needs to be paid to the organisers of the study session at the EYCB during the study session.