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 M├╝ller 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

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

SIG 2 Initiative: Audiovisual Materials for HRE/EDC Practitioners

During the Rome meeting of SIG 2 (DARE's Special Interest Group on common projects) it became evident that part of the DARE members showed interest in usage of audiovisual materials (human rights documentaries, animation, etc.) and development of new methods on how to combine audiovisual materials with other teaching methods in HRE/EDC.

Thus a decision was made to explore this field in more detail and develop a common project. LCHR, the leading member of this initiative, will organize a human rights film festival "Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films" in 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 activites, contribute as well as gain experience from people who are using human rights films in HRE/EDC.

So far a few ideas of possible project acitivities have been raised:

  • 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, 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 films in their practical work.

Thus I would like to encourage all DARE members, who are interested in possible projects in this field to contact me ( as well as inform me whether you would like to take part in a meeting in Vilnius at the end of October, whether you have any experience in using audiovisual materials in your work and if you are willing to share it among other DARE members.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Gediminas Andriukaitis
Lietuvos zmogaus teisiu centras (LZTC)/Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR)

A. Smetonos g. 2/11, Vilnius
Tel.: +370 5 262 88 58
Fax.: +370 5 262 89 60

Tuesday, 22 July 2008


The Council of Europe has defined the following four programmes in the youth sector for 2009:

  • Human rights education and intercultural dialogue
  • Youth participation and democratic citizenship
  • Social cohesion and inclusion of young people
  • Youth policy development

Each programme is split up into different projects, with objectives for the period 2006 to 2008 for each project.

Find more Information on:

(Source: CoE)

Friday, 18 July 2008

Intercultural and European Management for Non-Profit-Organisations

Intercultural and European Management for Non-Profit-Organisations is a part-time professional study programme at the Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany). The study programme adresses to specialists, executives and upcoming executives in organisations and associations of international-oriented charity work as well as to persons who are intending to perform such an activity, e.g. in the field of social services, in welfare partnership projects in European networks or in organisations contributing to the shaping of civil society development.
Start: 22.09.2008
For further information please see or contact directly
Ms Sabine Schaefer
Fulda University of Applied Sciences
Further Education Officer
Tel.: + 49 (0) 661 9640-929
Fax: + 49 (0) 661 9640-159

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

New e-DARE: News on Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Europe

1. Information from the DARE project coordinator
Conference 'Intercultural Dialogue - Challenge for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education'
(Vienna, 14-16 November 2008)
Action and Research - DARE Special Interest Group
Human Rights Education at Austrian Schools
E-learning in EDC and HRE
7. Conference “Citizenship Education Facing Nationalism and Populism in Europe. Strategies - Competencies - Practice”
(Sofia, 6-8 November 2008)
8. Human Rights and Europe - discussion between academics from London universities about human rights in Europe
(London, 12 March 2008)
9. LimeSurvey: an open source tool for making your online surveys
10. New publications and materials
a. Compasito - Manual on human rights education for children (2008)
b. Living in democracy - Lesson plans for lower secondary level (EDC/HRE Volume III) (2008)
c. Human rights in 27 illustrations: to be downloaded for free
d. Children's rights illustrations and a children's rights quartet
e. A (sub)website informing children and adults on children's rights, and another on human rights
f. Teacher manual on intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning
11. Concepts of citizenship across Europe
12. Results of the Civic Education Ukraine Project (March 2005 - March 2008)

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

EU Guide for NGOs

The Civil Society Contact Group published a training handbook "Making your voice heard in the EU - A guide for NGOs". It is specifically designed for 'newcomer' NGOs and activists that are in the process of establishing a European strategy. It does so by providing information on EU institutions, the way European NGOs work, as well as lobbying tips and examples of EU level campaigns. It does not aim at being comprehensive but rather at giving a first insight in the EU labyrinth and how to find your way. Download it in English, French, German, Hungarian, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese and Slovene. Now also in Bulgarian, Romanian, Estonian, Italian, and Spanish at

What Do Human Rights Mean for Citizenship Education?

K. Peter Fritzsche
What Do Human Rights Mean for Citizenship Education?

The article argues that citizenship education and human rights education can be understood as educational responses to specific social and political challenges in different national, regional and global contexts. It outlines four cases:
Nbsp; the early German response of civic education
The late British response of citizenship education
The response of EDC within the European framework of the Council of Europe
The response of HRE within the global framework of the UN and the UNESCO
The main aim is to contribute to the necessary clarification of what is shared and what is different of EDC and HRE in this ongoing process of cooperation and integration between the two approaches in Europe.
Journal of Social Science Education © JSSE 2008
Volume 6, Number 2, February 2008, pp 40-49 ISSN 1618-5293

Current Research on Citizenship Education in Europe

Reinhold Hedtke, Tatjana Zimenkova, Thorsten Hippe:
A Trinity of Transformation, Europeanisation, and Democratisation?

Although a lot of stock-taking research on citizenship education in European countries has already be done, some key features of citizenship education especially in transformation countries are not understood as yet. The authors briefly outline the state of the art and criticize its main shortcomings. As a result, they suggest a research agenda to enhance the knowledge about citizenship education with respect to its interconnectedness with processes of transformation and to its embeddedness into different political cultures, institutions and democracies. They propose to realise multi-level and multi-actor case studies which perceive citizenship education as an organisational issue, too.

Journal of Social Science Education © JSSE 2008
Volume 6, Number 2, February 2008, pp 5-20

Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis: promote the learning of intercultural competences

Annual high-level meeting between the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the United Nations and partner organisations
in the “Tripartite-Plus” format

Speech by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 7 July 2008

Intercultural dialogue is vitally important. New developments in recent years, such as massive global migration and the revolution in communications challenge our established perceptions about who we are and who our neighbours are; challenge our long-term vision of the development of our society; and challenge both the values and the role of international institutions.

Intercultural dialogue is a direct expression of the fundamental values which guide the activities of the Council of Europe: democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Ever since its creation in 1949, the Council of Europe has promoted both cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue as means to prevent conflict and increase mutual understanding between the peoples of Europe.

In 2005 the Heads of State and Government decided that intercultural dialogue should be a priority for the Council of Europe. To put this political commitment into action, the Committee of Ministers has recently adopted a policy document – the “White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue”.

The title of this document is “Living Together As Equals in Dignity”. Its main message is that intercultural dialogue is impossible without a clear reference to universal values — democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. On the basis of these values, intercultural dialogue is the way to deal with the complex issues of culturally diverse societies.

The Council of Europe is convinced that human rights provide the essential preconditions for freedom, justice, equality and solidarity. That is why we insist that no meaningful and constructive intercultural dialogue can take place in the absence of respect for democratic principles, human rights and the rule of law.

Many of the international organisations present here today are contributing to the set of international norms and instruments which protect human rights. We are all responsible for increasing awareness that discrimination, racism and all forms of intolerance are an affront to human dignity and can lead to serious human rights violations. That is why following the success of our previous campaign “All Different All Equal”, the new Council of Europe campaign run in co operation with media professionals and training schools for journalists and starting in a few weeks will focus on this central message.

The second issue before us is the need for intercultural competences. We need to begin by recognising that the competences necessary for intercultural dialogue are not automatically acquired. They need to be learned as well as practised and maintained. That is why we call on the public authorities, education professionals, civil society organisations, religious communities, the media and all others who have an educational role, to be aware of their responsibility in a multicultural Europe. The promotion of citizenship and human rights education, exchanges of teachers and students, the teaching of history, the teaching of languages, the teaching of religion, education in intercultural skills and attitudes — these are just some of the major topics which need to be examined by educators in a broad sense of the word.

And this is a huge task for international bodies. Co-operation and division of tasks is important. Following an initiative of the OSCE and its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Council of Europe, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO are working together to produce a "Compendium of good practices in human rights education in the school system, including citizenship education and education for mutual respect and understanding". The Compendium will be published in December. It will be a joint contribution by all four institutions to the First Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education which runs until 2009.

At the Council of Europe, we also promote intercultural co-operation through the work of our “North South Centre” in Lisbon, the new “European Resource Centre on education for democratic citizenship and intercultural education” in Oslo, and our many activities with non-governmental youth organisations. Recent examples are the youth campaign for diversity, human rights and participation, the “Youth Programme on Human Rights Education and Intercultural Dialogue” and the “Peace Camp” on conflict transformation and prevention, which brings together Serbian, Kosovar, Israeli and Palestinian young people.

So far, our activities promoting intercultural competences have been oriented primarily towards teachers and teacher trainers. Our new campaign extends this programme to journalists and journalism students. Other possible target groups are health and social service staff.

If I may now turn to the third subject of our discussion - namely conflict prevention – I believe that the link with intercultural dialogue is obvious. Successfully conducted intercultural dialogue helps to defuse tension, internal and international, and prevent exploitation by extremists. That is why intercultural dialogue is part of the Council of Europe three-pronged approach to the fight against terrorism, together with the international legal co-operation and the protection of human rights.

In conclusion, I should like to reiterate the importance of the issues on our agenda today. Intercultural dialogue demands our full attention and our total commitment. It also demands creativity and an open mind.
And most importantly, we must be specific and action-oriented. There can be no dialogue without words, but there will be no meaningful intercultural dialogue if we do not move from words to action.


Sunday, 6 July 2008

DARE Special Interest Group "Common Projects", Meeting in Rome, July 3-6, 2008

The DARE Special Interest Group "Common Projects" aims at developing joint activities of DARE member and non-member organisations, and sharing expertise about contents, funding opportunities and cooperation partners.

On the first meeting of the group on July 3-6, 2008, in Rome, eight DARE member organisations from seven EU countries participated and developed 14 common project outlines, among them a spring academy on the basic tools for EDC/HRE multipliers, a symposium on how to teach the socialist past and a training for educators how to use Human Rights films and other audiovisual material.

For more information, please download minutes of the meeting (to be posted soon) or contact Anne Stalfort at ADB Germany (

DARE Group "Common Projects": Mariela del Valle (Center for Global Education, UK) presents a project on teaching about modern forms of slavery

Friday, 4 July 2008

England: Human rights added to citizenship curriculum

ATL Education News
02 July 2008

Secondary schools in England are to have a brand new addition to the citizenship curriculum.

Human rights will soon form part of the subject's syllabus, following the launch of a teacher resource pack for the new programme at an east London school yesterday.

A collaboration between Amnesty International UK, the Ministry of Justice, the British Institute of Human Rights and the Department for Children, Schools and Families resulted in the development of Right Here, Right Now: Teaching citizenship through human rights.

Lessons about identity and diversity will be taught as part of the addition to the curriculum.

Justice minister Michael Wills stated: 'Ensuring everyone within a school understands their rights and responsibilities brings home the importance of respecting the rights of others'.

And it is hoped that the programme will help stimulate debate and action among pupils, following the first annual citizenship week to occur in England that took place last month.

'I firmly believe it will help citizenship education become more inspiring, motivating and inclusive for young people,' said Amnesty International director Kate Allen.

Source: Association of Teachers and Lecturers

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

New member of DARE

We are pleased to welcome another new member to the DARE Network- the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy from Austria. Congratulations!!
Contact person: Barbara Schmiedl -

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Conference: Intercultural Dialogue - Challenge for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education

Vienna (Austria), 14-16 November 2008

Registration form
Invitation and programme overview
Detailed workshop descriptions

This European conference aims at providing 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. It aims to contribute to the development of coherent European framework policies in HRE/EDC in order to improve the access to information and sufficient resources for relevant NGOs. The conference offers not only networking opportunities, but focuses on hands-on training and an exchange of best practices.

The findings and results developed during the conference will be published and used for the preparation of a hearing on EDC/HRE in the European Parliament in 2009. The conference will serve to provide input and networking opportunities on three different levels (see programme overview).

The programme will begin on Friday, 14 November 2008 after lunch and finish on Sunday, 16 November 2008 at around noon in the Hilton Danube Hotel in Vienna. The conference language is English, but one workshop each will be held in German and French. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to the limit of 300 €. Board and lodging costs are covered for the duration of the
conference (see financial details in the registration form).

Participants have to be affiliated (as a staff member or regular volunteer) with an organisation involved in HRE/EDC and/or intercultural learning in the EU or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Turkey. Registration Deadline is 31 Aug 2008.

Please check our news blog for regular updates on the programme.
For more information, please take a look at or contact the 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

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.