Wednesday, 28 May 2008

EU funding Calls

New Funding Opportunities:
Youth in Action - Action 4.5- Information Activities for Young Poeple and Youth Workers - Deadline:June 30, 2008:

LLL- Raising Awareness of Lifelong Learning Strategies - Education and Training 2010 - Application Deadline: July 31st, 2008:

Monday, 19 May 2008

Call for nominations for European Citizenship Training Courses

European Citizenship has become a key priority of the "Youth in Action Programme" (2007-2013) and active democratic citizenship is increasingly at the core of youth work and youth training.

From September 2008 to May 2009, a new series of five Training Courses on European Citizenship will constitute a great opportunity for youth workers and youth leaders across Europe to explore this topic and its concrete significance in youth work.

- Training Course 1: EC-IS in Iceland (29 September - 5 October, 2008)
- Training Course 2: EC-SP in Spain (26 January - 1 February, 2009)
- Training Course 3: EC-BE/FL in Belgium-Flanders (9-15 March, 2009)
- Training Course 4: EC-RO in Romania (30 March - 5 April, 2009)
- Training Course 5: EC-UK in the United Kingdom (4-10 May, 2009)

These five Training Courses on European Citizenship will be organised in English. One additional EC Training Course will be organised in French language (EC-FR, organised in France from 1 to 7 September, 2008). As this Training Course is intended for French-speaking participants only, there is a specific recruitment and selection procedure for this Training Course:

The courses will follow the same curriculum, which was prepared by the Youth-Partnership and adapted in order to take into account the experience developed in the previous EC Training Courses.
The Courses will be implemented by the Network of National Agencies of the Youth in Action Programme.

Participation in these Training Courses will be free of charge for the selected participants (travel, visa and accommodation costs will be covered by the Partnership and/or the National Agencies, according to your country of origin).

There are different deadlines and different application forms for applicants from Youth in Action Programme countries (earliest deadline: 15 August 2008) and applicants from South East Europe, Eastern Europe and Caucasus (common deadline for the 5 training courses: 30 June 2008). Please read the attached documents carefully for more details.

More information is also available on:

Please forward this information to anybody in your organisations or networks who might be interested.
We send you our apologies if you received this message several times and we are looking forward to receiving your applications.

Thank you and? good luck!
The Partnership secretariat.


Training Courses on European Citizenship 2008/2009

Call for applications

You are kindly invited for apply for one or two of these five Training Courses, which promise to be a very stimulating training experience.

Participation in these Training Courses will be free of charge for the selected participants (travel, visa and accommodation costs will be covered by the Partnership and/or the National Agencies, according to your country of origin).

Course description and application form
If you are interested in this unique opportunity to better understand, explore and live the concept of European Citizenship, please read the detailed course description attached (background of the Courses, target group, main themes, programme flow) and complete the application form (see links below).

How to apply?
- If you are a national from one of the so-called "Neighbouring Partner Countries" in Eastern Europe and Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine) and in South East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia), please apply through the following on-line application form:
Applicants should also submit a letter of support (in English) from their youth organisation, describing the agreement with their organisation concerning their future work plans and projects on European Citizenship.
Deadline for applications: 30 June 2008.

- If you are national from one of the so-called "Programme countries" (i.e. where there is a National Agency of the Youth in Action Programme), please follow the procedure described in the SALTO webpage:
Deadline for applications: depends on each training course (see SALTO webpage for more details).

Friday, 16 May 2008

E-learning course on the European human rights system (3 September-25 November 2008)

HREA will offer its annual e-learning course on the European human rights system again this fall (3 September-25 November 2008). "The European System of Human Rights Protection and Promotion" provides participants with practical guidance on how to protect human rights through the European human rights system, and specifically the institutions and treaties of the Council of Europe. Participants will be introduced to the main European human rights conventions and jurisprudence, primarily as developed through the European Court of Human Rights. The course addresses European human rights standards as they apply to civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and the rights of minorities. Case studies on the freedom of expression, homosexuality, violence against women, prisoner's rights, protection of the mentally-ill, and the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons, will deepen participants' understanding of the European human rights standards and machinery.

The course is primarily intended for advanced (under)graduate students of (international) law or social and political sciences; civic education and history teachers; and NGO staff members from Council of Europe member states. Participants should have a good written command of English (the course language is English), have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use, and have regular access to e-mail and the Internet.

The course involves approximately 60 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructors, and assignments, and is offered over a 13-week period beginning on 3 September 2008. This course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants will do the required reading, prepare interim and final project assignments and participate in group discussions.

Course instructor is Dr. Gerd Oberleitner (University of Graz, Austria). More information about the course and applications forms can be found at:

Social Watch Gender Equity Index 2008

More than half the women in the world live in countries that have made no progress in gender equity in recent years. This is the main conclusion of the Social Watch 2008 Gender Equity Index (GEI) which, for the first time, shows recent evolution and trends in bridging the gap between men and women in education, the economy and empowerment.

The GEI 2008 illustrates that the greater equity levels to be found in education are not paralleled by acceptable levels in the economic field nor in the empowerment of women. Political empowerment is the area where most progress has been made in recent years as a result of active policies, yet economic equity shows disparate results, with as many countries regressing as those where there is progress. In education equity is comparatively closer, but the trend for many countries is to regress.

Difficulties in reaching equity cannot be justified by a lack of resources: the GEI mapping and that of each of its components show that – regardless of income levels – each country can reduce gender disparity through adequate policies.

Action and Research – DARE Special Interest Group

The DARE SIG “Action and Research” tries to bridge the gap between practitioners on the grassroots level and academia. The group consists of HRE and EDC experts from Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom. During the first meeting in March 08 in Tallinn, Estonia, Ragnar M├╝ller (Pharos e.V., Germany) presented his research on: “How to teach complex topics such as EU and gobalisation – policy didactics as a new approach”. This didactic approach tries to close the gap between political science and teaching politics in formal and non-formal education. The group decided to take it as a research basis for SIG3 activities. A 6-page abstract of the Policy Didactics approach (in English) was distributed among the SIG members and will be discussed with practitioners and policy makers in the respective countries. During the DARE conference “Intercultural Dialogue: Challenge and Task for EDC and HRE” in Vienna in November 2008, SIG3 will present both the approach and the feedback from practitioners.

For more information contact Anne Stalfort, ADB Germany,

Friday, 9 May 2008

!!!Save the Date!!! Conference: Intercultural Dialogue - Challenge for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, Vienna, 14-16 November 08

This European conference will provide input and networking opportunities on three different levels:

1) Presentations and workshops on intercultural didactics in formal learning: Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) and Human Rights Education (HRE) in a globalised world
2) Interactive trainings on anti-discrimination; arguing against prejudices and xenophobia; gender mainstreaming in intercultural dialogue, cultural gender norms; training and measuring intercultural competences etc.
3) Advocacy for intercultural learning in EDC and HRE: Practitioners and policy makers from the local and the European level will meet in small discussion groups.

The conference will provide a forum for practitioners in formal and non-formal education, researchers and scholars in EDC/HRE and policy makers from various levels. All European stakeholders of HRE/EDC in Adult Learning are invited to contribute. Results arising from the conference will be published and used for the preparation of a hearing on EDC/HRE in the European Parliament in 2009.

Please check for regular updates.
For more information, please contact the conference office. A detailed programme with the registration requirements will be published in June 2008.

The conference will begin on 14 November after lunch and finish on 16 November at around noon.
The venue is the Hilton Danube Hotel in Vienna. The conference language is English, a few workshops will also be held in German and French. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to a certain limit. Board and lodging costs are covered for the duration of the conference.

DARE - Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning
polis - Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools
bmukk - Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture

The conference is held in cooperation with the Council of Europe - Division for Citizenship and Human Rights Education, Directorate General IV.

Conference office:
c/o Mr Reinhard Eckert
Zentrum polis - Politik Lernen in der Schule
Helferstorferstra├če 5/1, A-1010 Wien
Tel.: +43-1-42 77-274 43
Fax: +43-1-42 77-274 30