Monday, 6 April 2009

DARE announces workshop at conference "Active Citizenship in Europe", Gothenburg, Sept 29-30, 2009

"Simulation Games Interconnecting History Education and Citizenship Education in Adult Learning" is the title of a workshop DARE is contributing to the conference "Active Citizenship in Europe", Gothenburg, Sept 29-30, 2009. This conference is organized by the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) and the Swedish Adult Education Association (SAEA). The aim of the conference is to develop methods for active citizenship, with a focus on non-formal learning. The conference will be held in conjunction with the informal meeting of European education ministers in Göteborg during Sweden’s EU presidency. For details see

The workshop in Gothenburg presents a simulation game concept on regime changes, focusing on the 89 revolutions in Europe. The simulations have been developed by the transatlantic human rights education network Humanity in Action (http://http//, and were financially supported by the German "Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur" ( They were already presented and tested at the DARE conference "Pathways Interconnecting History Education and Democratic Citizenship/Human Rights Education in Adult Learning” ( within the framework of the German "Geschichtsforum09" ( in Berlin on May 29-30, 2009. Registration is open for all!

Friday, 3 April 2009

DARE Recommendations to the European Parliament

Frank Elbers spoke for DARE at the European Parliaments Committee for Education and Culture on 2 April 2009.
DARE´s Recommendations to the EP out of the speech (full text to be published for download soon):
"...First, we would like to suggest to increase the priority of democratic citizenship within the Life Long Learning agenda and within the Lisbon strategy on education and training as a whole.
Our second recommendation is to include reference to gender equality, social cohesion, diversity, democracy and human rights in quality assessments of proposals submitted to EU funding programmes in education and training. This will not only ensure that gender equality, social cohesion, diversity, democracy and human rights are better integrated into education and training programmes but will also demonstrate a commitment to the fundamental values of the European Union as incorporated in the Amsterdam Treaty.
Third, in order to ensure sustainability of efforts to promote active citizenship with the Union we propose the EU stimulates more research, specifically by including indicators on active citizenship in EU commissioned studies as part of a monitoring mechanism as called for in the Lisbon Strategy. The EU is currently already funding the European module of the IEA study, the international research study on citizenship. Funding inclusion of indicators of active citizenship in ongoing EU research would be a logical extension of this support.
Our fourth and final recommendation is for the European Union to actively support a number of regional and international efforts aimed at promoting citizenship and human rights:

First, we ask you to endorse the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education that will be adopted by the Council of Europe later this year. This Charter provides a framework policy for European states on how to equip citizens with the knowledge, skills and attitudes for life in democratic societies.
We also ask your active support for the implementation of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, which is an ongoing effort by the UN Member States to forward active citizenship and human rights, particularly in the formal schooling system."
Finally, we ask you to endorse the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, which is currently being developed by the Human Rights Council, and which will be a landmark for the international recognition of the importance education and training in human rights and active citizenship. There is a precedence for such support -- of cooperation between the EU and civil society organisations -- to forward the Vienna Declaration on Human Rights and its Programme of Action back in 1993, which have been crucial instruments in promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law worldwide...."

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

SIG-1 meeting in Amsterdam on 28 March 2009: "Towards a coherent framework policy on EDC/HRE in the European Union"

Nine experts on EDC/HRE met in Amsterdam to prepare a strategy for the Hearing in the European Parliament on April 2nd. During the meeting, hosted and organised by HREA, participants discussed recent developments around the Council of Europe Charter on EDC/HRE, the World Programme for Human Rights Education and the draft UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. The main agenda item, however, was the preparation of "talking points" and recommendations for the meeting with the Education and Culture Committee of the European Parliament and the necessary follow-up to this hearing. The SIG-1 meeting was attended by the following persons: Bryony Hoskins (Institute of Education, UK), Daniela Koralova (Partners Bulgaria), Georg Pirker (AdB, Germany), Elisabeth Roehrlich (Demokratiezentrum, Austria), Anne Stalfort (AdB, Germany), Hugh Starkey (Institute of Education, UK), Wim Taelman (VORMEN), Ruud Veldhuis (Netherlands), and Frank Elbers (HREA, Netherlands).