Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Feedback on the FRA conference in Paris Dec 8th-9th, 2008

On December 8th 2008, the French Ministry of Justice hosted the first FRA conference on Fundamental Rights called “Freedom of Expression, cornerstone of democracy – Listening and communicating in a diverse Europe”. I attended the first day, as a representative of both Dare and Humanity in Action – France, and would like to share the lessons I brought back from it.

The opening of the conference was representative of the whole day, in a surprising way. While officials and EU representatives talked about caution with regard to freedom of speech, journalists were shocked that others speakers would take that angle rather than that of defending freedom of speech as a fundamental right in Europe. Florence Aubenas, French journalist, reminded us all that while our Justice minister Rachida Dati had made a lovely speech about freedom of expression and its limits in France, it was in France, a week earlier, that the editor of one of the most famous papers had been brutally arrested and humiliated with no justification for the violence of the process (but which Dati officially approved of); it was in France that in the past week, a motion was passed to allow for the President to name and revoke the directors of public televisions; it was in France that in the past week 3 major newspapers had suffered from direct or indirect censorship. In Aubenas’s view, freedom of speech was to be defended, and not questioned as something suspicious and dangerous, as it seemed to be in the conference, and as it was increasingly seen in France.

It seems to me that we can learn from this. Aubenas’s point is definitely valid and important. It was supported by the majority in the room. But it revealed a complete gap between two approaches: protecting freedom of speech at all costs because it can never be taken for granted, and fighting xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance at all costs, because the protection of minorities can never be taken for granted.

It was clear in my mind that the idea of restricting freedom of speech had only to do with being cautious with regard to racist speech, hate speech, discourses encouraging to hatred and/or violence. I was attending to find better ways to do it, and to teach others about it. This restriction already exists in certain legal systems, and it seemed important to discuss it at a European level and make some room for dialogue on this matter, given that some governments consider that this approach only feeds the interests of fanatics, and reduces the scope of freedom of expression too much. But to others, it was quite clear that restricting freedom of speech had to do with corrupt governments, fanatics and censorship.

The difficulty is that after Aubenas’s speech, it was very difficult to get properly into the discussion from the angle I had understood the workshop I attended on diversity in the media. The topic on the negative representation of minorities (which definitely has been an issue in France in the past few years) didn’t really come up. We only discussed how to promote diversity in the media, which, while being interesting, is not as clearly linked to fundamental rights as protecting minorities from hateful and racist speech – or representations – is.

There was, however, the interesting initiative of asking workshop groups to come recommendations for governments and other actors; I mentioned the way the Vienna DARE conference had worked, and how it would be interesting for the FRA to use a similar model for future events – getting people from various fields interested in troubleshooting one specific and explicit issues in small groups, each bringing in their own experience (how to identify and react to racist speech in discourses defending gay rights for instance, or, in this case, it could have been how to promote diversity in the media without giving in to stereotypes, negative or positive) and then coming up with recommendations maybe. In this instance, the groups were very large, and the workshop titles so similar that it was quite difficult to grasp the differences between them in the first place, and therefore to choose the right one to go to.

While it was very fruitful and interesting for all of us, I am sure, to meet with people from such different fields, and on so many different levels of action (government, ngo, media, and so on), and while this is clearly a way to help all of us work together towards a better future, I came home with the feeling that we need to remember that the same words mean different things to people from different cultural, but also professional backgrounds. Maybe this has to do with providing a clear statement of purpose, or some clear goals. Maybe it has to do with smaller groups. Maybe it has to do with patience and listening, maybe it has to do with being more explicit and less allusive to avoid misunderstandings or confusions. I am not sure. Food for thought!

Happy New Year to you all, looking forward to more exchanges in 2009!

Tara Dickman – Humanity in Action

Friday, 19 December 2008

Lifelong learning: making Europe the world's leader in education

Press release European Parliament
Education - 18-12-2008 - 12:25

MEPs call on the Commission to support knowledge, creativity and innovation in order to make Europe the world's leader in education and training systems in a report on lifelong learning adopted by the EP. The House approved a report by Ljudmila NOVAK (EPP-ED, SL) with 551 votes in favour, 31 against and 11 abstentions to support a better implementation of the 'Education & Training 2010 work programme', which seeks to make Europe the world's main actor in education and training systems by 2010.

MEPs call on Member States to effectively implement lifelong learning strategies and tools to attain this goal.

The role of media literacy, foreign languages and values in lifelong learning

Media literacy and ICT knowledge, especially among teachers and elderly people, should be taken into account in the promotion of lifelong learning objectives, said the Members.

MEPs also agree that the knowledge of a second foreign language must be introduced as early as possible in children's education. The approved text also draws attention to the importance of including issues such as environment, human rights and European values in the different subjects.

Cooperation between higher education institutions and mobility

A stronger cooperation between European higher education institutions should be pursued, regarding matters such as the transference of qualifications. In addition, the text suggests that the mobility of students and teachers should be enhanced.

Integration of Roma people

MEPs stress the need of working on the inclusion of groups with special needs (like women, disable and elderly people) and integrating migrants and minorities, such as Roma people, in all levels of education. "Roma people should be assisted by trained staff which belong to the same minority or at least speak their native language", said the approved text.

Providing education to employees and supporting entrepreneurship

The motivation of workers to keep learning throughout their lives is also among the requests of the Parliament. Employers should provide their employees with education and training to achieve this objective.

Members also emphasise the importance of supporting entrepreneurship through lifelong learning programmes, for instance by informing citizens on how to set up small and medium sized firms.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Training on Social Charter Collective Complaints procedure (Strasbourg, 19-20 February 2009)

Call for applications for training on Social Charter Collective Complaints procedure, Strasbourg, 19-20 February 2009

The Council of Europe is calling for applications for the 2nd training session on the Revised Social Charter Collective Complaints procedure that will be held in Strasbourg on 19-20 February 2009 and organised by the Council of Europe Roma and Travellers Division and Department of the European Social Charter.

The training aims primarily at providing NGO participants/lawyers with practical information on how to lodge a complaint before the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) to defend Roma and Traveller communities’ social rights.

Information about the European Social Charter is available at

The deadline for applications is 10 January 2009. The contact person is Eleni Tsetsekou (contact details below).

Contact person:
Eleni Tsetsekou
Migration and Roma Department
Council of Europe
F - 67075 Strasbourg cedex
Tel : +33388412433
Fax: +33 3 88 41 27 31

Final call for HREA e-learning courses February-April 2009

Dear DARE members,

Please be aware that the deadline for upcoming HREA e-learning courses (from February-April 2009) is Monday, 15 December. Of particular interest to DARE members may be a number of new courses that are relevant to HRE/EDC in Europe:

Human Rights of Migrants, Migrant Workers and Their Families (4 February-14 April 2009)
Monitoring Women's Rights (4 February-14 April 2009)
The European Union and Human Rights (2 February-12 April 2009).

To learn more about these course and to apply online, visit

Best wishes,


International Migrant's Day

In 1997, Filipino and Asian migrant organisations began celebrating and promoting the 18th of December as the International Day of Solidarity with Migrants. This date was choosen because it was on 18 December 1990 that the United Nations adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrants Workers and Members of Their Families. In 2000 the UN General Assembly designated 18 December of each year as International Migrant's Day.

Learn more about International Migrant's Day.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Message from European Youth Press

Dear participants of the DARE conference on Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna,

some days have passed since we all met at the banks of the Danube in Vienna, but I hope you are all still eager to see the result of the media coverage by

All texts, photographs and a video report are now online at Enjoy reading and watching the reports and interviews and feel free to leave comments.

In case you or your organization would be interested in establishing some sort of cooperation with Orange or the European Youth Press (EYP), I have added a small introductory text about EYP.

Should you have any further questions or proposals of collaboration, don’t hesitate to contact Ms Anna Sulewska at

What is the European Youth Press?

The European Youth Press is an umbrella association of young journalists in Europe. It involves more than 48,000 journalists who are less than 30 years of age.

The European Youth Press' primary objective is to ensure strong cooperation among national youth media structures through group projects. Moreover, the Press' overall aim is to strengthen the role of youth media and promote freedom of press in Europe. More information is available at

What is Orange?

Orange is the international event magazine of the European Youth Press.

It can appear either in the form of a printed magazine which is distributed among the participants of the event, online at or both in printed form and online. aims to provide an interactive, multimedial platform for event coverage. This can include videos, pod casts, pictures and different kinds of texts.

It’s not important how international an event itself is, as long as there are interesting stories for a European audience. is an English-based platform.

With Orange the European Youth Press aims to enable young people to give voice to their opinion on a European level and provide a critical view of media and politics through journalistic education as well as learning by doing.

Yannick Brusselmans, team coordinator,

Compass HRE Manual in Roma Language

DARE member EIP Slovenia - School for Peace (NGO) contributes to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of UDRH with the first partial (and unofficial) translation of the Council of Europe's HRE manual COMPASS in Roma language. Not only this is one of the first such attempts in Europe (and the first HRE manual for youth in Roma language in Slovenia), but it is also done only in e-version using the up-to-date application Flipage.
The publication is to be used by Roma youth HRE trainers and for peer teaching, and has links to relevant on-line COMPASS pages. It contains basic information on HR, three selected activities and a simplified version of UDHR.

Make a personal contribution to the HR day and click on to flip through the pages now! Create a link to it or fw it to people/organisations that could make use of it. Enjoy the Roma language and hope one day it will be treated as a language equal to all others.

contact :
Ms Alenka Elena Begant/President EIP
EIP Slovenia - School for Peace
Robiceva Str. 9
SI-2341 Limbus
EIP Slovenia:
Center for Citizenship Education:


Synchronised Action Days on EDC/HRE

With the Synchronised Action Days we reconnect our work from the grassroots level to the level of policy making. We show the initiatives and give an impression what work in EDC/ HRE is being done by our organisations and partners on local, regional and national and European level. Synchronised Action Days are a dissemination tool for our activities and they have a clear function to lobby for our work, by showing what is been done.

Žiūrėti DARE Network: Synchronised Action Days 2008 didesniame žemėlapyje

The Synchronised Action Days contain 53 Activities undertaken by our and our partner organisations in the period covered 20.11.2008 until 10.12.2008. These activities are collected, published with a link to your activity on DARE's Web and put in a brochure, which will be sent to all relevant stakeholders on national and European levels in order to give an impression what activities related to EDC/HRE happen in this period.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

FRA welcomes new EU Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) very much welcomes the Council's adoption, on 28th November 2008, of the Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia - exactly seven years after it had first been presented by the European Commission.

Since the original proposal in 2001, FRA, and its predecessor the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), have highlighted the pressing need for an EU-wide response to the problem of racist violence and related racist and xenophobic crimes. The Agency's Annual Reports on the situation regarding racism and xenophobia in the EU have consistently outlined the problem of unequal responses to racist and related crimes in the Member States, and have called for the adoption of the Framework Decision as an EU-wide legislative response to this social ill. Other Agency publications have also addressed the impact of racist and xenophobic crime on particularly vulnerable groups in society - such as the Roma and Jewish people. In addition, over a number of years the Agency has either directly organised or participated in various events that have called for the approximation of criminal law in this area; including, amongst others, a public hearing on the Framework Decision at the European Parliament and a seminar under the Austrian Presidency.

FRA sees the adoption of the Framework Decision as an important tool for the EU-wide condemnation of racist and xenophobic crime. At the same time, the Framework Decision can be considered as a first step towards possible recognition of a range of crimes that impact on other vulnerable social groups, such as the LGBT community and the disabled, which are not currently encompassed under the Framework Decision. To this end, FRA will continue to monitor the situation in the EU with respect to intolerance and crime on the grounds of racism and xenophobia, as well as on other grounds.

Read more on the Council's website:

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Call for partners

Project name: Let's Meet Our Partners from Neighbor Countries in Europe
Place: Azerbaijan
Date: 01-11 July 2009 years

THEME: Our main theme is European citizenship and within that area we will
focus on cultural diversity, social inclusion, equal opportunities, human
rights and democracy for young people

Target group are youngsters 18-30 years old plus group leaders which should
be older than 25. Each country should send 4 participants plus 1 youth
leader (With gender balance).

No Participation Fee. Accommodation and food costs are covered by the
organization as well as the 70% of travel cost for each participant (while
30% of travel cost should be covered by participants by themselves).

PLEASE send us your FILLED, STAMPED and SIGNED partnership agreement (Part
III (Partnership Letter) and Part VI (For definite and calculate transport
expenses of partners) not later than 20th January 2009 of by fax and also
by post to fallowing address:

Please contact to:


G. Melek Girginoglu and Fakhrinur Huseynli

niobe65_2@yahoo. com
The fax number for PART 3: +90236 2382223
Address: MANISA Il Milli Egitim Mudurlugu AB Birimi oficial

Monday, 1 December 2008

New DARE members

Six new organizations joined the DARE Network during the past eleven months of 2008. They were confirmed at the DARE General Assembly meeting, which took place on November 14 in Vienna.

The Active Citizenship Foundation – Hungary.
The overall goal of the Active Citizenship Foundation is to contribute to the development of the participative democracy in Hungary by promoting education for active citizenship and human rights, supporting children and young people in having a meaningful say in the world around them and enabling them to be more conscious, active and responsible citizens in Hungary and globally.

Children Today Centre- Albania
The Center "Children Today" is an Albanian non-for profit organisation which aims to bring lasting improvements in the lives of the Albanian children. Under this vision, the center is completely engaged to cooperate with local, regional and international child focused actors. The Centre is actively contributing for the realization of children’s rights, their education, health, physical and psychological well-being as well as their normal development:

European Social Forum of Cyprus- Cyprus ESFC is a NGO (Non Government 0rganisation) acting in a Pancyprian level of local NGOs.
It covers four thematic levels as YOUTH CIVILIZATION & EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT ,and Persons with Disabilities &Health problems(PWD)
Our main targets are the CO-ORDINATION of CYPRUS REPUBLIC) with the European Status , the European Citizenship through the promoting International and EU programs and networking:

European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy- Austria

ETC Graz is engaged both in a theoretical and practical manner in questions of the enforcement of human rights and democracy, with emphasis on human rights and human rights education, the rule of law, good governance, South-Eastern Europe and Human Security.The work of the ETC is based on (research) projects, measures concerning education and publications. The interdisciplinary approach which is used by the ETC links all aspects of democracy and human rights on the levels of research and transfer of knowledge, skills and attitudes:

Terra 1530 Moldova is a non-government oganisaiton which mission is to create and consolidate the capacities Sustainable Development of rural communities:

Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute
The Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute is a non-profit, non-Governmental, non-partisan independent Organization active in programs with future orientation in areas related to human brain-modern technology-social transformation and the repercussions of relevant research for humanity. It has the following operating units:
· The New Media in Learning Laboratory
· The Civil Society and Future Affairs Unit
· The Technology For Peace Unit
· The Youth Promoting Peace Unit
· The Alternative Media Initiative
· The Brain, Neuroscience & Special Education Unit
CNTI is currently in a phase of evolution and restructuring. Its various peripheral operations in other projects plus informal activities in both research and social intervention of some of its associates and friends are in a process of being merged into the larger operation. The enlarged organization is registered under the name FUTURE WORLDS CENTER. Its web address has been secured at:

DARE to engage! What a Klimt exhibition and an intercultural conference have in common

Conference Feedback from Alexandra Jastrzebska,
Servei Civil International de Catalunya, Barcelona/Spain

A century ago, Vienna hosted Klimt’s work group exhibition, the Kunstschau. Along with the 2008 secessionist exhibition in the Viennese Belvedere, a conference organized by the DARE Network entitled “Intercultural Dialogue: Challenges for Education for Democratic Citizenship-EDC and Human Rights Education-HRE” took place from November 14-17 at the Hilton Danube. Formal (teachers, universitarians…) and non formal (youth workers, NGOs representatives and activists…) education practitioners gathered with European policy makers to reflect on the current possible improvements that are to bring to the field, exchange about good practices and create networking.

I found the call for this conference on the database of the Salto youth resource centre, and since the selection process began, I’ve received regular information about the preparation so that I felt aware and implied in the conference. During the conference, in the discussion groups and later on by meeting informally practitioners who have been involved in the field for a long time, I got the chance to confront my visions with experienced people. Some of them were representing higher institutions of Europe, giving to the expert instances, a human face. Council of Europe become more accessible to me, reinforcing my will to actively take part in building, diffusing and promoting European citizenship and the values most of us are sharing in our work.

Beside practical information on how to pursue the action, the final session was a speech of Bashy Quraishy about intercultural reality in the prospect of the education of minorities. Talking about his experience, observations and researches, the speaker shared a personal view; he quoted his father, a teacher, who used to say that education is a tonic which sustain the spirit, building our minds with knowledge to live the daily life according to the system of values we live for. This is why long learning is so important. I remember my father telling me that he would not lock me in my room to make me study: I have the tools, he is trying to pass me the values in which he believes and it’s up to me to concretise them- a way in sum, to empower me. I always thought therefore that I had the keys to choose and strive in order not to disappoint him. This process of responsabilisation made me trust that it is up to me. I’m still acting consequently.

In 1908, The Klimt’s group imposed an interdisciplinary approach in art, with a revolutionary combination of all means created for our expression and in a wide range of fields, as toys for children or theatre settings. He is now famous for the way of thinking he has set up, somehow contributing to think globally, with the belief that inclusion of small actions in subsystems can achieve a better general way of being. He may felt actualized at the moment he achieved that. He became famous for a way of thinking, almost a philosophy of living.
As the Klimt’s group originally innovated for the Gesamtkunstwerk- the total work of art, DARE reinforces the idea of GesamtSozialAktionWerk for practitioners in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, performing and implementing visions as well. Of course, we are also exposed to doubts, but this kind of conference helps us coping with reality, strengthening our hopes and gaining new inspirations to later deal with the various projects we are involved in.

This is how I would justify this event. Grateful thanks to the prep-team for having allowed me taking part in the great conference and I would like to share a thousand smiles with the participants, for the positive mood we shared and the great memories I keep of the weekend.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2008

Council of Europe: "We are not doing enough for women victims of violence"

Strasbourg, 24.11.2008 – On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women tomorrow, Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis today called on states to improve support services for victims.

"Our responsibility does not stop at adopting laws. We need to create minimum standards for services to support women victims of violence", he said.

The Council of Europe today published two studies which address two of the organisation´s objectives to combat violence against women: support and protection of victims, and arrangements for the systematic collection of statistical data.

The study "Combating violence against women: minimum standards for support services" by Prof. Liz Kelly and Lorna Dubois points out that the availability and quality of services vary considerably within and between states, and that even the provision of shelters, the most available service, "is considered insufficient in most countries". It recommends states to establish minimum services such as at least one national telephone help line depending on population and also provide crisis services which are available 24 hours every day of the year.

The report "Administrative data collection on domestic Violence in Council of Europe member states" by experts Elina Ruuskanen and Kauko Aromaa points out that the judiciary, the police and social services rarely collect data on violence against women and as a consequence "violence against women remains invisible in the public administration system".

Council of Europe Press Division
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11

--> Learn more about the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2008.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Spain debates accountability for Franco-era crimes

Press release Crimes of War Project
19 November 2008

Controversial Judge Baltasar Garzón has provoked a heated debate in Spain by ordering the exhumations of mass graves of victims of the Civil War of 1936-1939 and the ensuing Franco dictatorship.

In an article for the Crimes of War Project, Katherine Iliopoulos examines the background and legal implications of the latest in a series of provocative moves by Judge Garzón to bring posthumous justice to victims of war crimes perpetrated by repressive regimes.

View the article by clicking on the link:

--> Learn more about this topic in HREA's Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know - Educator's Guide.

6th annual report of Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS) in England

The 6th annual report from this study has recently been published. Entitled Young People's Civic Participation In and Beyond School: Attitudes, Intentions and Influences, this report focuses on young people's civic participation in and outside of school, and draws on a longitudinal survey of Year 11 students (age 15 to 16) that was conducted in 75 schools in 2006-2007.

Over 11,000 students completed the latest questionnaire, which is the third CELS survey that this cohort has participated in. The report also highlights any preliminary changes and trends that may have emerged since the first and second surveys were undertaken in Year 7 and Year 9. The report also presents some preliminary findings from the longitudinal survey of teachers and school leaders from these 75 schools. In doing so, the findings move on thinking and understanding about how young people develop citizenship dimensions and raise a number of issues that require further investigation.

More details about the Study and Report are available from the DCSF website and the NFER website:

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Vienna Conference on Intercultural Dialogue

The European conference, “Intercultural Dialogue – Challenge for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education” was co-organised by the DARE network within its EU-funded project Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning, the Council of Europe DG IV, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (bmukk) and Zentrum POLIS in Vienna (14-16 November 2008). 230 people from 37 European countries representing the broad field of NGO practice, research and policy level attended the event in order to come closer together around this core competency of civic education.

Policy recommendations:

  • Intercultural learning and intercultural dialogue belong to the core competences of education for democratic citizenship and human rights. Intercultural dialogue is a value in itself but still remains an educational task. DARE wants to point out that intercultural learning should be understood as a diversity-oriented approach that aims people to understand and value each other in a multi-dimensional way: be it religious, be it in terms of gender, be it handicapped or not-handicapped, be it in terms of language, race or social/national origin. Out of an educative perspective, intercultural learning should not be reduced to a buzz word or slogan, but should aim to contribute to more democratic societies in Europe.

  • Intercultural dialogue shall not be reduced to a slogan of a single European Year but remains a core task for all actions and measures taken on the political levels of Europe and its member states. The ability for intercultural learning is a core question for the future of all European societies and corresponds with major future political decisions: migration, aging, social wellbeing and economic competitiveness. Therefore it is more than a political appeal but remains an educational task that affects the future of Europe especially in adult learning.

  • All European bodies are asked to support the European Charter for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights as sets a standard for intercultural learning and its implication for the various educational systems in Europe where the EU and its member states should not fall behind.

More info:

Georg Pirker

DARE – Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning

c/o Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB)

Mühlendamm 3, 10178 Berlin


A print version of the the documentation will be released soon in the DARE blue-lines (
Looking forward to getting all of you involved with DARE´s further activities.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Education vital in efforts to defeat intolerance

*** Learn more about the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November 2008.

16 November 2008 – Education is one of the most useful ways to overcome intolerance because it highlights similarities between people and helps to spread a healthy respect for differences, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

In a message marking the International Day for Tolerance, which is observed today, Mr. Ban said the promotion of tolerance was especially valuable in the contemporary era of globalization, interdependence and increased mobility.

"While diversity is an invaluable asset, it can also be a source of tension," he said. "Tolerance can diffuse potential conflicts. It can help prevent theories of racial or cultural superiority from emerging, and help societies to gradually overcome long-held prejudices and negative stereotypes."

Mr. Ban stressed that tolerance should not be mistaken for either concession or condescension, and should also not be confused with indifference.

"Genuine tolerance is about openness, curiosity and communication. It goes hand in hand with knowledge and understanding. Education is one of the best ways to prevent intolerance, by revealing similarities between people and spreading a healthy respect for differences."

This week the General Assembly held a high-level meeting featuring Mr. Ban and numerous international leaders to discuss Saudi Arabia's "Culture of Peace" initiative, exploring ways to increase tolerance between peoples of different faiths and cultures.

UN News Service

Vienna Conference on orangelog

A team from the European Youth Press documented the just finished Conference on Intercultural Dialogue in Vienna read more on Orangelog

Human Rights Film Week in Wuerzburg, Germany

The University of Applied Sciences, Wuerzburg, Germany, is organizing a Human Rights Film Week (December 8-12, 2008). This event is one example of the DARE Synchronized Action Days - a joint campaign to increase the visibility of the hundreds and thousands of projects in the field of education for democratic citizenship and human rights education constantly undertaken by many organsations in Europe.
Check for the programme of the Human Rights Film Week!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Practioners meet policy makers meet experts from academia

The DARE Conference "Intercultural Dialogue - Challenge for EDC and HRE" Nov 14-16) brought these three groups together.

Some impressions:
The conference was opened by Olöf Oláfsdottir (Head of Division for Citizenship and Human Rights Education, Council of Europe) who emphasized, that in her opinion it is not acceptable that social and cultural groups in Europe live separated from each other, sharing just mutual ignorance, but not sharing values.
The conference ended with a presentation by Bashy Quraishy (European Network Against Racism, who explained the difference between lip service and intercultural reality in Europe. He favoured the model of an intercultural society where majority and minority groups coexist on eye-level in their separate private spheres and share a common public space (employment, housing, culture etc.) - versus a model of multiculturalism, where minority cultures are merely tolerated on the periphery, but not accepted.

The conference video documentary and the reports from workshops (including handouts and presentations from trainers and experts) will be posted soon at

Journalists from the European Youth Press Network EYP interviewed the participants and documented workshops and discussion groups. See for the reports and pics.

MEP Christa Prets (right) and MEP Doris Pack (left) stated: "You don´t need a lobbyist to access members of the European Parliament - just call us!" They joined the conference for half a day and will support the DARE hearing in the EP on the state of art in EDC/HRE in Brussels in spring 2009.

Where do we go from here? Join DARE and roll the ball towards the next common project!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

DARE Team Vienna is looking forward to see you!

The DARE Team in Vienna is busy with the last preparations for the conference starting on Nov. 14. We´re just finalizing 163 conference packages for the participants - see the pics below. As we are eager to test sustainable conferencing, you´ll get all information A) in print and B) on an USB drive. Please share your feedback after the conference: Is the print version still neccessary?
See you soon,
Your DARE Conference Team

Monday, 10 November 2008

Press Release: Conference in Vienna

DARE organises European conference in Vienna with more than 160 stakeholders in civic education

„Intercultural Dialogue: Challenge for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights “ is the topic of a European Conference in Vienna (Nov. 14.-16.), providing a forum for more than 160 stakeholders from 37 countries active in the twin fields of civic education and human rights education. The conference aims at fostering collaboration between practitioners, scholars and policy makers on a local, national and European level. Topics like framework policies for civic education and structural barriers in diversity management will be discussed in working groups. Participants can choose from various workshops including innovative educational tools and exchange of best practices in intercultural learning.

The conference is a part of the current DARE project 2007-2010 and is organised in cooperation with Zentrum polis – Politik lernen in der Schule and the Austrian Ministery for Education, Arts and Culture.

The European network DARE - Democracy and Human Rights in Europe consists at present of 44 member organisations from 28 European countries. DARE will use the results of this conference to prepare a hearing in the European parliament in spring 2009 on the topic „Human Rights Education and Democracy Education as Cross-Cutting Issues”.

More information and the detailed conference program for download at:

Further Information
Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten
DARE – Project office
Georg Pirker
Mühlendamm 3, 10178 Berlin

Friday, 7 November 2008

DARE Conference Nov 14.16: 163 participants from 37 countries

The DARE Conference "Intercultural Dialogue - Challenge for Education for Democratic citizenship and Human Rights Education" provides a forum for practitioners in formal and non-formal education, academia and activists, political scientists, educators in HRE/EDC, and policy makers from various levels. 163 participants from 37 countries will meet from Nov. 14-16 in Vienna. Please check the conference info at for the partcipants list!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The European Union and Human Rights

HREA is pleased to announce a new e-learning course on the European Union and human rights. The European Union (EU) has established itself as a key player (and payer) in human rights on a global level. Human rights are not only of importance within the European Union and for European Union citizens but have become an intrinsic part of the EU's external relations. The EU regularly invokes human rights in its bilateral relations with third countries, in international organisations and in its trade relations. In addition, it relies on related concepts such as democracy and good governance and - more recently – human security to guide its external policies. The EU seeks to operationalise such concepts through a variety of means, including financial assistance, training, human rights dialogues, "conditionality", and election observation.

(For further information and applications:

Yet, the EU's approach to human rights is subject to critique for its lack of coherence, the application of double standards and ineffectiveness. The specifics of the EU's human rights policy and its operational tools and the interaction between international human rights law and European law are often little understood outside expert circles, leading to false assumptions and expectations as to what the EU can and should deliver in terms of human rights.

This course is an introduction to human rights in the EU's external relations. It seeks to provide fundamental information on the EU's human rights law and policy, explore the critique levelled against the EU and shed light on the legal and political conditions under which the EU seeks to protect and promote human rights globally.

(For further information and applications:

The course explains, in general terms, what the EU is and what it does and how it fits into the larger European human rights system. It explores the role of human rights in the Union, including the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, the content and meaning of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the challenges that the Union faces with regard to asylum, immigration, racism and xenophobia, as well as the newly established Fundamental Rights Agency. It focuses on a selected range of important means and methods which the EU uses to assist in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. They include human rights dialogues, human rights guidelines, human rights clauses, support for democracy and good governance, election observation, peace support operations, and financing human rights. The course critically assesses such tools and operations from a theoretical and practical point of view, questions the existence of a coherent EU human rights policy and analyses the impact of the EU's activities on the ground.

Course 8T09: The European Union and Human Rights
2 February-12 April 2009 | Application deadline: 1 December 2008
Instructor: Dr. Gerd Oberleitner

For further information and applications:

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Human Rights Training for Adults: What Twenty-Six Evaluation Studies Say About Design, Implementation and Follow-Up

The first issue in HREA's Research in Human Rights Education Papers has appeared. The paper is a comparative study on models of human rights training. "Human Rights Training for Adults: What Twenty-six Evaluation Studies Say About Design, Implementation and Follow-Up" examines trainings for human rights defenders, police officers, government officials and the general public.

Among its main recommendations are: 1) programmes need to more consistently deliver the interactive, experiential and transformative adult education methodologies that they all agree are essential to effective human rights training; 2) programmes need to emphasise comprehensive mechanisms to follow-up with participants after the formal training programme is complete; and 3) programmes should explore how they might carry out reliable and comprehensive research and documentation of their work as the HRE field as a whole lacks solid longitudinal evaluation data on the long-term impact of human rights trainings on participants.

The Research in Human Rights Education Paper Series intends to foster and disseminate research and evaluation in the practice of human rights education, training and learning. Through the Research in Human Rights Education Papers HREA hopes to encourage more research on the impact of human rights education and make the results available to practitioners, to academics and to funders.

Human Rights Training for Adults: What Twenty-Six Evaluation Studies Say About Design, Implementation and Follow-Up (PDF file)
Katharine Teleki, August 2007 (Issue no. 1), 35 pages

Norwegian Helsinki Committee

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee has joined the DARE Network blog.

We have been involved in human rights education since the beginning of the 1990s. The aim of our work is to transmit knowledge about human rights, multi-cultural understanding and peaceful conflict resolution, in order to create a “human rights culture”. In this way, we wish to encourage people to be involved in society and to meet other groups of people with an open and positive attitude. The objectives of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee’s human rights education are: to transmit knowledge about and understanding of human rights, multi-cultural understanding and peaceful conflict resolution, as well as the institutions that develop, promote and protect these values; to transmit knowledge about the relationship between human rights and the individual person; to create understanding of how the human rights can contribute to improved relations between people, a fairer society, and conditions for individuals to live a full life; to create a meeting place for dialogue between people with different backgrounds.

We arrange Human Rights Schools in regions such as the Balkans, Russia, Norway and other regions. A Human Rights School is a 9 day course in human rights, multi-cultural understanding and peaceful conflict resolution. The main focus of our educational work are the youth, but we also organize schools and courses for teachers, journalists, public administration officials, refugees, policeforce and prison employees and others.

For more information about the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and our work in human rights education

Monday, 15 September 2008

Call for proposals

The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency has launched an Open Call for Tender for a project on “The role of commemoration sites, original sites and historical museums in Holocaust education and Human Rights education in the EU”.

You can find all documents related to the call on the FRA Webpage:

If you wish to submit an offer and you have any questions related to the tender procedure, please contact the procurement section via email (, fax (+43-1-58030-691) or telephone (+43-1-58030-649). Deadline for dispatching of offers is 17 October 2008.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

SIG 3 Meeting in York, UK

DARE's Special Interest Group 3 "Action and Research" aims at bridging the gap between research and practitioners in Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) and Human Rights Education (HRE).

On its second working group meeting in York, UK (Sept 12-14), participants from 6 European countries discussed approaches to better teach issues like the EU and globalization in adult education. Some results and best practices will be presented at the DARE conference in Vienna (Nov. 14-16).

Furthermore the group suggested that sustainability issues are integrated into DARE's work. SIG 3 will prepare suggestions for the coming DARE General Assembly in order to raise awareness for issues like sustainable transportation, consumption, event management etc.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

SIG 2 Initiative on Common Projects: Meeting in Vilnius?

Hello dear DARE friends!

I hope all of you had a great summer:)
since the summer is over I want to give you a quick reminder of how nice for DARE it was (or, to be more precise, for SIG 2 members:) - hot, sunny, beatiful city of Rome, tasty pasta and...fruitful talks on common projects.

Do you still remember that we discussed an idea of a common project, which would focus on the development of materials for HRE/EDC practitioners, combining it with adiovisual materials/techniques? Are you still interested in that?

The decision was made to explore this field in more detail and develop a common project about it. LCHR, the leading member of this initiative is organising a human rights film festival "Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films" October 23 -30 in Vilnius. SIG 2 decided that this might be an opportunity for DARE members, who would like to get involved in the development of this common project, to meet and discuss possible activities, contribute as well as gain experience from people who are using human rights film in HRE/EDC.

We suggest a SIG 2 meeting date could be October 24-27. I am afraid this is the only date which we can offer if the meeting should be combined with the film festival. If a number of DARE members is interested in that, LCHR could do the following things:
  • arrange a meeting programme;
  • invite external experts working with films/audiovisual arts/video activism that could share their experience with us and give some food for thought;
  • prepare a project draft.

That is why now I need your support ASAP. Please, can you send me an e-mail answering the following questions:

  1. Are you still interested in this initiative?
  2. Will you be able to participate in the meeting October 24-27?
  3. Would you like to contribute to the meeting and how (do you have experience, do you want to share it, bring some materials etc.)?
  4. Which of the project ideas that we discussed in Rome do you prefer:
  • Preparation of a tool kit for HRE/EDC practitioners and multipliers, where pre-selected films on various HR aspects and topics could be listed, providing additional information on how to use these films as well where to obtain them etc.
  • Development of new methods on how to use audiovisual materials in HRE/EDC, combine them with other tools, etc.
  • Sharing experience among DARE members, who use human rights film in their practical work.
Since not much time is left to organise all these things, I am looking forward for your enthusiastic and quick replies:) The deadline for expressing interest is September 17.

Best wishes,

Gediminas Andriukaitis
Human rights film festival "Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films"
Lietuvos zmogaus teisiu centras (LZTC)/Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR)
A. Smetonos g. 2/11,
Tel.: +370 5 262 88 58
Fax.: +370 5 262 89 60Web.:
Mob.: +370 605 12624

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Call for Project Partners: Tolerance Education in Multicultural Society

Description of the project

Tolerance education in multicultural society (TEMS) is a framework training programme for student-teachers, in-service-training teachers and all others who work in NGOs, particularly with minorities, immigrants, asylum seekers. It prepares them to work with children in a multicultural environment giving them knowledge and experience of minority cultures presented in the CR, particularly Romany. It is a multidisciplinary programme whose major innovation is to bring together themes (HRE and Education for Citizenship among them) which are rarely touched upon in teachers training . TEMS is a mix of cognitive and participative teaching methods aimed at changing teachers' and students' attitudes, making them more open-minded and tolerant.


Teacher training is often reduced to learning about various teaching methods and aspects on teacher attitudes towards pupils are neglected. In societies which until recently were monocultural and where minority issues were not discussed, this leads to teachers having difficulties to face and react to increasing cultural differences among pupils. E.g. the significant minority - the Romany, who have a different attitude towards learning than the Czechs, require particular attention. The common way – to put these children in so called “special schools” - leads to isolation and stigmatisation. Unfortunately, only those teachers who were teaching in the special schools were prepared how to teach children with difficulties and how to reach special ethnic groups as Romany.

At the same time, there are other “new” forms of racist behaviour in Europe (anti-Semitism, anti-Islamism,) which lead to increasing tension in the society. TEMS strives to prevent it via exchange of educational programmes for young people

H-P HREC has more than ten years of experience with education for human rights, tolerance and democratic citizenship. There are about seven text books on this topic (latest from the year 2008) which are available as background teaching material. Particularly, basic forms for education of Roma minority are currently developed. To be able to share our positive experience with other, we need to cooperate with partners who have similar experiences e.g. with education of children from “Arabic (Islamic) world”. However, future project must be realized in common language for all partners. We propose English.


The major objective of TEMS is to develop methods, skills and knowledge which would enable the successful development of a multicultural society. These goals can be:

  • increasing the quality of teachers training,
  • increasing the legal and civil consciousness of students on subjects of human, children and minority rights,
  • promoting the tolerant cohabitation of different cultures,
  • developing participants' interest in active citizenship,
  • enabling the participants to run human rights or/and democratic education courses in their own settings.


The programme is realized in the form of a multidisciplinary course. It combines subjects as history, psychology, pedagogy, sociology and politics in addressing topics such as:

  • intercultural dialogue,
  • how to work with minorities,
  • the possibility of inter-religious dialogue, etc.

The course combines cognitive and participative methods, giving factual information, but also using debates, games and simulations. TEMS is rather a course how to teach in a multicultural environment. H-P HREC uses for the course its experiences with the 120 lessons course practiced as the “good practice” for Romany pedagogical assistants. The basic recognition on which the programme is based :

TEMS consist in the elucidation and explanation of characteristics and attitudes, to support human rights through the cultivation and interpersonal relations. The decisive educational tool is a cleat and simple approach which is acceptable and understandable by children of different ages and cultural backgrounds.

From the year 2009, the programme should be developed in three substantial phases:

1. As starting point, the project describes and summarizes specific phenomena of racism in EU countries, addressing e.g. Anti-Romany, Anti-Muslims, etc. (Anti-Semitic, Anti-Slavic) forms, racism as well as colonial racism. This will not only include dimensions of social assumption but also dimensions of (biographical) experience. The next analytical step will be to work on the specifications of existing interventions critisizing racism, primarly in pedagogical fields. Subsequently, we will look at social representations of racism and their causes with education professionals.

2. Individual partners will design concepts and materials for didactical practice and find (exchange) the common ground for all. Two core methods will be used: comparative studies and didactical reconstruction. The comparative method will help to identify the common ground for all involved countries - and then to add specific 'tools' for each country. The concept of didactical reconstruction will help to develop the concepts. Specific tools of TEMS education for each country will be shared via on-line workshops of students.

3. Strong emphasis will be on producing contextual (European) material, taking into account also variations of educational praxis. Materials of the 'general knowledge' and 'personal perspective' of educational professionals will not become an obstacle for implementation but rather contribute to the success.

Time table of the project

Project period: January 2009 - December 2011.

HP HREC applied for granting from the ESF, 3. Social integration and equal opportunities for the proposed project for a period of 36 month. (Deadline for application is October 2008.)

We will be happy to find a partner (or co-operator), particularly experienced with education of children from Islamic minority. The budged of the project will differ according to the possible partnership, but professional expenses of the partner should be fully covered. The programme would be regularly monitored what is the way how to feed results, new ideas and other feedback into the course content.

Expected outcomes of the project

1. Edition of an textbook on education against social exclusion (in English)

2. Organization of educational courses on education against social exclusion.

3. 20 secondary schools participating in this project (at least one educator from each school participating in the proposed courses).

4. Two online monitoring workshops of students from participating schools.

For further information please contact: HUMANITAS-PROFES – Human Rights Education
Ms Alena Kroupova:

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Selection of participants

The conference office has received more than 270 registration forms. We appreciate the great interest in the conference and hope that everybody will understand that it will take some time to study all applications and to select the final pool of participants on the basis of their qualifications and organisational capacities. We also want to ensure an adequate balance of countries and target groups represented at the conference. The selected participants will be informed by 22-23 September approximately.

Thank you for your understanding and patience,

Reinhard Eckert

Call for participation - Long Term Democracy Project

Subject: Only with your voice - Democracy Project, September 2008 - August 2009, Lithuania

Event description: this project is aimed to empower and train young people, active within your local and partner organizations, to develop local actions and associative strategies based on participation, intercultural education and human rights from an European perspective and be active in youth democracy development and decision-making.

  • to reflect on the expression and relevance of issues such as democracy, youth participation, youth policy development, non-formal education, human rights, intercultural learning to youth work;
  • to promote the principles of democratic youth participation at local, regional and national level;
  • to reflect upon the role and function of each civil society actor (young people, NGOs, public authorities - on local, regional and national levels) and to foster their cooperation;
  • to initiate innovative local youth actions based on local needs analysis;
  • to motivate and enable participants to act as multipliers, sharing their acquired competencies and experiences;
  • to create a space for sharing good practices of local youth work from all over Europe;
  • to promote non-formal education, peer education and life long learning process;
    to cooperate in a network with other participants strengthening the local organizations to contribute in building the civil society.
Calendar: the Long Term Project consist of four different phases:
  • First phase: introductory seminar - "Youth participation and local impact - international research implementation".
  • Second phase: implementation of local youth actions: presenting the youth participation and non-formal learning, decision-making process in the 8-15 schools. Concrete projects ideas will be worked our on the basis of analyses of local needs prepared by participants during first phase.
  • Third phase: implementation of national competition for the schools - the winners will attend the five-day International Summer Camp in Lithuania, consisting NATO simulation, etc.
  • Fourth phase: "Only with your voice" International Summer Camp: August 20-25, 2009 - evaluation meeting
Deadline: September 10, 2008

Location: Local Communities, Lithuania

Target group: the project will target youth from the disadvantaged backgrounds (rural areas, less access to international and intercultural learning, etc.); there is no age limit for the participants. If they are younger than 18 years old, a group leader is required. There is no background or experience requirement, but it is desirable to have a group leader well experienced in youth active participation activities.

Working language: English

Price: Activities, board and lodging are provided by the hosting organization. 70% of travel expenses to the International Summer Camp will be reimbursed.

Organiser: SARETAS GLOBAL YOUTH NETWORK (available after September 20)

Friday, 15 August 2008

NECE Conference in Sofia

The enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and the transformations in Eastern Europe are additionally pushing the acceleration and the diffusion of nationalist and populist discourses. These issues pose a great challenge to citizenship education, as to describe the new balance of power and the effects on political participation and democracy as well as to present models of communication and debate within schools and adult education.

The 4th European conference of the NECE-Network (Networking European Citizenship Education; is addressing these new and complicated issues. The conference is titled “Citizenship education facing nationalism and populism: Strategies - Competences - Practices” and takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from November 6-8, 2008.

The conference will invite practitioners and experts from all over Europe to exchange interpretations and experiences of nationalism and populism in their respective countries. Nationalist and populist currents are a pan-European problem and therefore have to be discussed in a new and multilateral fashion.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Call for Experts (SIG 2): Learning about the socialist past

Symposium/Citizens- University for non formal education professionals on historical-political education and remembrance culture in Europe. Berlin, 29.05.2009 - 30.05.2009.

This symposium aims at taking stock and discussing the contribution of learning methods of civic education focussing the CEE-socialist past on the European level.The disasters, wars and dictatorships of the 20th Century are within Europe mostly remembered and interpreted differently. This applies in particular to the period of National Socialism, but also for the experience of suppression under Soviet-style communism.

National differences in perceptions and expectations for the teaching/learning of history (and thus the interpretation of national authority) show how important remembrance respective memory becomes as elementary component of the discourse to the European identity.

Dealing with the crimes and domination mechanisms of National Socialism is over the past years becoming a more trans-national discussion.
Differences in national perspectives are presented, discussed and partly brought closer together.

This applies to socialism only limited: although not comparable with the experience of Nazism Socialism also was a long-term European experience with continuity lines into the present.

In many Central European societies there is still a lack of occupation with the communist past: It is often only rudimentary developed and it is often being reduced on a few issues.
The question how we use this experience with the communist era for Civic Education is therefore at the heart of the event.

The symposium will therefore help:

  • to take stock with European partners how history education/historical political education and its educational concepts work,
  • to take a look at the ways of historical and political-educational occupation with various dictatorships of the 20th Century,
  • to present forms of civic youth and adult education that are capable of contributing to public education about the history of communism in Europe.

Actors of civic youth and adult education have different concepts and approaches in dealing with the experience of communism/socialism. These include: Talks with (eye-) witnesses and other forms of biographical communication and exchanges; working with historical learning- and memory locations; etc.

During the symposium, there are going to be three panels on the following themes:

  • biographical learning,
  • learning and (international) youth meetings,
  • learning and historical places/sites

These three panels will serve firstly to take stock, secondly offer possible localisations for paedagogical practice, thirdly introduce best-practice examples from different European countries and finally discuss possible ways of contribution from historical learning to civic education.

Participation on the symposium is open for NGO-practitioners, researchers and interested public of all age groups (they can be involved in practical exercises) it is translated English-German-English simultaneously.

We are currently looking for Experts from NGOs active in EDC/HRE who have practical experience in one of the three panels´ issues. We would like to invite them to present their work (methods, paedagogical approach and experiences with the theme) in one of the related areas. They can be either staff from your own organisation or from other organisations active in the field of historical education for EDC/HRE in your country. Therefore papers with a short abstract (750 words) should be handed in until 30 November 2008.

Participation, Travel and board free for DARE members/DARE affiliated staff/experts.

Organizer: AdB, Bildungswerk der Humanistischen Union, DARE-Democracy and Human Rights Education in

Besides the exchange of methods and knowledge the whole Symposium is being documented and all the contributions will be published.

For further Information please contact:

Georg Pirker, Head of international Department
Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB) / DARE Project Coordinator
Mühlendamm 3, 10178 Berlin
tel: 030400401-17

Thursday, 31 July 2008

DARE Discussion Paper: Teaching Politics in a Globalized World

As part of the work of SIG 3 (Special Interest Group "Research and Action"), Ragnar Müller from Pharos Stuttgart/Sarajevo published a discussion paper on teaching politics in a world of multi-level governance. He presents a new approach called "Policy-Approach" [discussion paper, pdf, 216 kb].
The paper builds upon a Ph. D. thesis on teaching complex topics such as globalization and European integration which is available online (in German language):

Monday, 28 July 2008

Technical information about the conference

A range of practical details in relation to travelling to Vienna, the venue of the DARE conference on Intercultural Dialogue in EDC/HRE (14-16 Nov 2008), sightseeing in Vienna, etc. is available on the website of the host organisation polis - Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools

Thursday, 24 July 2008

How Democratic are our Democracies?

A very interesting post on the breaking the ice blog

"Increasing participation through inclusiveness
Youth organisations play a key role in reducing the gap between where decisions about society are made and where they are implemented. We do this by being there both when decisions are made and when they are carried out. We are engaged in opening up political processes at all levels, and making them accessible to young people. Efforts to ensure equal participation are central to the work of many NGOs, who remain conscious of the internal atmosphere at meetings and in their structures, given that exclusion happens easily and is sometimes hard to notice unless specific attention is drawn to it. "

Is there an analogy for the inclusion of migrants to NGO´s? More to be discussed on the inter-culturalisation discussion group on the Vienna Conference