Thursday, 26 June 2008

Education and Action for Peace !

International Summerschool 2008 at the Kurt Loewenstein Education Centre/Germany (3.-10.8.2008)
The only battle worth waging – Education for Conflict Resolution through and with Peaceful methods for an end to global violence

War rages through countries across the world, with unthinkable consequences of violence, creating poverty among those affected, and creating a culture of violence among nations in a globalised world.
How can we fight for global peace, to end those conflicts even now destroying people’s lives and educate ourselves and others for a non-violent future?

The International Summerschool on this theme will look at the topic of Peace Education with an incredibly wide view. We will examine contemporary conflicts, with participants having the chances to discuss their own national situations, looking at realistic opportunities for international solidarity, conflict resolution and reconciliation. We will discuss the concepts of positive and negative peace, and whether guaranteeing peace by force can ever be right. The issue of militarism, and a global culture of violence will be a key theme, examining how violence exists not just in actions and events, but in structures. Violence on an institutional level will also be explored in the context of racism, patriarchy and oppression of minorities, right down to the level of our local situations and environments, such as the classroom and workplace.

Considering these issues will lead onto the question of ‘how best to educate for peace in a global context’? This will involve considering methods of education, questions of participation, involvement and equality, and the struggle to rediscover imaginative non-violent solutions to conflicts.

The chance to discuss and express these creative solutions will be given through working with one the several ‘Media Working Groups’, small groups working together for the week to discuss a specific topic area and to develop a media product relating to it (typical medias are Video, digital photo, theatre, newspaper, discussion).

As well as this there will run usually in the mornings, workshop sessions on specific subjects, many given by participants and guests with special experience of certain sub-topics that we intend to discuss.

We are pleased to invite a wide range of participants from across the world, and hope that you will respond to our call so that we can have as broad an input as possible into creating a lasting global peace through education, through new and innovative solutions, and through international cooperation.

If your organisation is interested to participate, do not hesitate to contact me in the educational centre “Kurt Loewenstein” at
We have limited resources to help participants with their travel costs. The participation fee depends on the country you come from. Please contact me to get further details.
The deadline for registration for those who needs a visa to enter Germany will be the 27th of June, for all others it is the 15th of July.

Looking forward to welcome you at the international summerschool 2008 in Werftpfuhl!
Tim Scholz /Educational Officer Jugendbildungstätte Kurt Löwenstein Educational Centre Kurt Loewenstein Freienwalder Alle 8-10 16356 Werftpfuhl Tel: +49-(0)33398-899918 Fax:+49-(0)33398-899913 skype: timklh

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Between the Lines:Voices of Women engendering Peace and Democracy

This publication tries to sum up almost 10 years of an intense and passionate process of finding a common language between women from Israel, Palestine and Germany.

“ We came together to learn from and strengthen each other in our common endeavour of protecting women´s rights in our societies, strengthening mutual respect for each other, and fostering democratic values.. Within ten years we learned to share our experiences openly, with all the difficulties and risks. We created a dialogue and listened to each other – to the differences and the contradictory narratives, trying to experience and understand each other´s stories and histories.”
The question behind the whole trialogue was wether women are more able to bridge the nationalist and ethnic gaps than men? The reader can be the judge while reading these pages.
“Between the Lines” is not only a document of an impressive and ambitious project but also gives an impression how difficult it is to lead a isreaeli-palestinian-german trialogue whilst being trapped in the political, social and personal setting of the ongoing middle-east conflicts.
The project was initiated and coordinated in 1997 by Hannelore Chiout - former chair of DARE - when she lead the international department of Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungstätten. The publication was edited by Margot Brown and
Jenny Zobel, both Center for global education (also Members of DARE).

Between the Lines_ Voices of Women engendering Peace and Democracy, eds: Hannelore Chiout, Jenny Zobel, Margot Brown, 185 pages, Published by AdB, 2008. Please contact Larissa Döring to get a copy and to check postage costs in your country.

Monday, 16 June 2008

DARE on Facebook

DARE has its own group Facebook - DARE-Network Friends.
For those of you who have facebook accounts, please feel free to join, for those
who do not, maybe now is the time to register on

Friday, 13 June 2008

Evaluation training in Brussels

The external evaluator of the DARE project has met 6 members of this network for an evaluation training in Brussels on 12 June to prepare the evaluation method of the DARE Grundtvig project.

New DARE leaflet available

Basic information about DARE network, the EU Grundtvig project, and the current workplan can be found here [pdf, 500 kb].

Friday, 6 June 2008

Reconciling migrants’ well-being and the public interest -­ Welfare state, firms and citizenship in transition

New Council of Europe publication

This volume has two purposes. First, it looks at why migrant welfare is not always acknowledged as forming part of the general well-being of host countries. And second, by suggesting alternative approaches, it sets out to help bring about a “just, multicultural society”, in which rights and mobility are realities for everyone. The radical changes currently under way in the welfare state, in private enterprise and in the various manifestations of citizenship are a perfect starting point for showing that the rights of migrants and nationals, far from being in competition, actually reinforce each other. While rejecting the essentialisation of “diversities”, the authors call for greater cultural accommodation in all walks of life ­ in institutions and businesses, social services and hospitals, families and associations ­ to better meet the needs of multicultural societies.

Reconciling migrants’ well-being and the public interest ­- Welfare state, firms and citizenship in transition (Trends in social cohesion No. 19) (26/05/2008)
ISBN: 978-92-871-6285-4 Format: 16 x 24 No. of pages: 300 Price: 44 Eur / 88 USD + 10% postage To place an order directly

Advocacy for EDC/HRE in Adult Learning

Information from the second working group meeting in Berlin. 2-3 June 2008.

The main aim of the SIG is to develop a strategy for a wider recognition of DARE as Network of NGOs active in EDC/HRE on the European level (CoE and EU).

Within the current DARE Project the SIG is devoted to the planning and making of further steps on the way towards the planned Hearing on EDC/HRE with the European parliament. Based on recent research works in EDC/HRE we developed in Berlin an argumentation paper for a coherent policy framework for EDC/HRE in the EU. This shall be discussed with researchers, practitioners and decision-makers from the political level on a discussion group at the Conference on Intercultural Dialogue: Challenge and Task for Democratic Citizenship and Human Right Education (Vienna 14-16 Nov 08). Based on the All European Study on education for Democratic Citizenship Policies (2004) the members of the Advocacy Group developed a questionnaire to be filled by the DARE Partners until July 1st in order to get updated with relevant information on recent developments among the members. After discussing possible strategies towards a Hearing different Stakeholders from the European Union were identified, who are going to be contacted on from June 08 in order to gain support for it.

(SIG Members: Frank Elbers (HREA), Georg Pirker (AdB), Deyana Kurchieva (PBF), Richard Wassell (CfE)