Wednesday, 30 September 2009

DARE workshop on 1989 regime changes: Use social networks in adult non-formal learning?

"Simulation Games Interconnecting History Education and Citizenship Education in Adult Learning" is the title a workshop held by DARE today at the conference "Active Citizenship in Europe", Gothenburg, Sept 29-30, 2009. The conference was 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. See detailed programm at

The workshop presented a simulation game concept on the 89 regime changes in Europe. It was developed by the DARE network member Humanity in Action, and financially supported by the German "Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur". A full manual of the simulation is available for download here [pdf].

It was recommended by participants to develop a Facebook version of this simulation. This initiative reaches out to an enormously large target group of learners, in part already using complex games on Facebook (e.g. MAFIA with four million daily users). Non-formal adult learning can make use of the existing social networks and use channels the learners are already affiliated to.

'Parity in politics is still a long way off,' says PACE President

30 September 2009 -- “Balanced participation in politics by women and men is vital if democracy and society are to function more smoothly, and political parties have a key role to play here,” said Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Assembly, at the award ceremony for the PACE’s 2009 Gender Equality Prize. “However, parity is still a long way off,” he added. “As far as the Assembly is concerned, there was only one woman when it was set up and now only 27% of its members are women.”

The Portuguese Socialist Party, the first winner of the prize, was represented by José Vera Jardim, Chair of the Portuguese delegation to the PACE, whom the President presented with a trophy by artist Ewa Rossano and a diploma.

According to the jury, the Portuguese Socialist Party has stood out in this area by adopting internal quotas as far back as 1995 and then passing a parity law requiring a minimum of 33% of candidates from the under-represented sex on party lists for European, parliamentary and municipal elections. The second and third prize-winners, respectively the UK Labour Party and the Swedish Left Party, each received a diploma.

“I hope the prize will encourage other political parties to take practical steps in order significantly to improve women’s participation in politics,” said Mr de Puig in conclusion.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Letter from the Chair

Dear DARE Network members, friends and colleagues,

I hope you are all reinvigorated after what were hopefully relaxing holidays and a sunny summer. During the summer the DARE Grundtvig project team prepared the documentation of the workshop "Pathways interconnecting history education and democratic citizenship/human rights education" that took place during DARE's annual meeting in Berlin in May. Please be sure to check out some of the learning tools and resources from the workshop:

We have a busy Fall and Winter ahead of us. The upcoming workshop "Fundraising Strategies for European Initiatives in the Field of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education" in Copenhagen (1-2 October) promises to become another interesting DARE activity. If you intend to participate, please don't forget to apply at your national agency for support through Grundtvig or Comenius individual mobility grants.

DARE member VORMEN will organise a "European focus meeting on children's rights education for adults" in January. Further details about this meeting will be announced soon.

And on 4-5 March 2010 you are invited to Glasgow to the conference "Human Rights Education & Tackling Poverty: towards a healthier, equal, safer and a more inclusive European community", organised by BEMIS (Black & Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland), a new DARE member.

I hope to see many of you at these upcoming DARE events. In the meantime we will keep your informed via e-DARE about DARE's advocacy and policy development efforts with the Council of Europe and the European Parliament, and other activities to promote democracy and human rights education in Europe.

Warm regards,

Frank Elbers

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Consultation on the World Programme for Human Rights Education

On 16 June HREA began a four-week, on-line consultation on the Second Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. The main purpose was to identify potential target sector(s) and/or theme(s) for the Second Phase, which will commence on 1 January 2010. This on-line forum, which concluded on 14 July, involved broad input from civil society members, with contributions from 46 NGOs, academic institutions and other civil society actors representing 26 countries. The exchange among listserv members helped to foster a common understanding and consensus about the direction of the HRE movement.

The result of the on-line forum was an analytical report on progress made towards the achievement of the objectives of the First Phase of the World Programme, including accomplishments, remaining shortcomings and needs, and recommendations for action for the Second Phase. HREA submitted this report to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, which is responsible for coordinating the World Programme.

On 10 December 2004, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing) to advance the implementation of human rights education programmes in all sectors. Building on the achievements of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), the World Programme seeks to promote a common understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of human rights education, to provide a concrete framework for action and to strengthen partnerships and cooperation from the international level down to the grass roots.

The World Programme is structured around an ongoing series of phases, the first of which covers the period 2005-2009 and focuses on the integration of human rights education into the primary and secondary school systems, intended as a comprehensive process touching upon policy and legislative measures, teaching and learning processes and tools, the learning environment and the education and professional development of teachers and other school personnel.

DARE Board met at new member Demokratiezentrum Vienna, 19/20 September

The members off the DARE Board have met in Vienna hosted by the Austrian Demokratiezentrum, a new member organisation of DARE.

The board critically reviewed the projects activities and evaluation by the EC and gave recommendations towards the further development of the project until Sept. 2010.

Further the board members discussed ways and strategies to ensure a sustainable network (activities and finances) after the GRUNDTVIG Grant period has ended.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Lisbon Forum 2009: Creating a Culture of Human Rights through Education (Lisbon, 13-14 November 2009)

North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

Lisbon Forum 2009: Creating a Culture of Human Rights through Education
Lisbon, 13-14 November 2009


The mission of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity of the Council of Europe, also known as the North-South Centre (NSC), is laid out in Resolution (89) 14 of 16 November 1989 and Resolution (93) 51 of 21 October 1993 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. According to the statutes of the Centre, its aim is to provide a framework for European co-operation for the purpose of increasing public awareness of global interdependence issues and to promote policies of solidarity in conformity with the aims and principles of the
Council of Europe – respect for human rights, democracy and social cohesion. The North-South Centre is often described as the Council of Europe’s window to the world, because its purpose is to assert the validity of the values upheld by the Council through dialogue beyond the European continent.

Lisbon Forum

The Lisbon Forum is a platform for dialogue and for sharing experiences, expertise and good practices between Europe and the other continents, especially the Middle East, Africa and the countries on the south side of the Mediterranean. The Forum has been held by the North-South Centre since 1994. It focuses on issues at the heart of the mandate and actions of the Council of Europe: human rights, democracy, the rule of law. Intercultural dialogue plays a key role in this
respect, both within European countries and in relation between Europe and the rest of the world.

Since 2006, the Lisbon Forum has been enriched by partnerships with the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law – also known as the Venice Commission - and the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and, most recently, with the Alliance of Civilisations, operating under the aegis of the United Nations.

During the 2008 session, a new process was launched devoted to a particularly topical issue, the principle of universality of human rights and its implementation at international and regional level. On 10-11 November 2008, the participants carried out a general analysis of the situation 60 years after the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United
Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. On the basis of this analysis, a work
programme was adopted for the upcoming years, focussing on the promotion, understanding and strengthening of human rights, as well as on present and future challenges in this field.

The following subjects were selected:
  • the impact of globalisation on human rights
  • the principle of equality between women and men
  • freedom of expression, conscience and religion
  • human rights as a basis for the integration of cultural diversity
  • security and freedom
  • creating a culture of human rights through education
  • the abolition of the death penalty.

Aim and Objectives

The overall aim of the Lisbon Forum 2009 is to promote the creation of a culture of human rights, through “quadrilogue” action, i.e. governments, parliamentarians, local and regional authorities and civil society.

The objectives are as follows:

  • promote dialogue on human rights education and explore different understandings of human rights education;
  • reinforce co-operation between international and regional organisations on the issue of human rights education;
  • sharing of experiences, expertise and good practices between Europe and the other continents and identifying challenges that human rights education faces and elaborate joint action on how to meet these challenges;
  • to explore ways to promote human rights education with young people and through youth organisations and to discuss strategies and approaches to human rights education in youth work;
  • contribute to the ongoing consultation process that should lead to the adoption of a Recommendation by the Committee of Ministers supporting global education in the member States of the Council of Europe.
Place and Date

13-14 November 2009 at the Ismaili Centre in Lisbon, Portugal.

Organisation and Working Methods

The organisers of the 2009 Lisbon Forum are the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and the Alliance of Civilisations, in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network. Key note speeches, shorter interventions and discussions will be held in English and French and simultaneous interpretation to/from these two languages will be available during the conference.
In parallel to the Lisbon Forum, a fair with stands will be set up for human rights organisations, education professionals and practitioners to display their work in the field of human rights education and to allow for an exchange of experiences on tools, methods, projects etc. The fair will continue in the afternoon on the second day, after the closing session.

Programme Elements

  • Opening session
  • Introductory session by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Working session I, with key note speeches regarding global strategies for strengthening human rights education
  • Working session II, which includes key note speakers representing the different regions, followed by a plenary discussion on regional approaches to human rights education, in both formal and non-formal education, with contributions from pre-identified discussants.
  • Working session III, with contributions from key note speakers focusing on youth as
    agents of change in human rights education
  • Closing session
    After the closing of the first day of the Forum on 13 November, there will be a reception hosted by the City of Lisbon.

Expected Participants
  • Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • High Representative of the United Nations for the Alliance of Civilisations (confirmed)
  • President of the European Commission
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights High-level representatives from the Portuguese Government
  • High-level representatives from regional structures such as African Union, ALECSO, ASEAN and other international organisations with which the Council of Europe has signed a Co-operation Agreement and whose field of action is relevant to the NSC, e.g. UNESCO, OSCE, Anna Lindh Foundation and OIF
  • Human Rights Education Experts from Africa, Asia, America, Europe and the Middle East
  • Representatives from current (Slovenia) and upcoming (Switzerland) Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union
  • Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament
  • Members of the Executive Council of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe
  • Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
  • Committee of Regions of the European Union
  • Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe
  • Representatives from international and regional youth organisations
  • Representatives from the City of Lisbon
  • Representatives of the Aga Khan Development Network
  • Members of the diplomatic corps in Lisbon.
For more information visite the website of the North-South Centre:

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

New office supplies and teaching material on History Education and EDC/HRE

A new DARE BLUE LINES issue contains all documents from the Conference on Pathways interconnecting History Education and EDC/HRE in Adult Learning (Berlin 29-30 May 09).
All Presentations and papers can be downloaded from the web.

Methodologies of using history as a tool for conciliation by stressing multiperspectivity, inclusion, critical thinking and comparison (Dagmar Kusa, Euroclio)

Gender in Peacebuilding: History Memory and Conflict Dynamics (Marina Grasse, Dana Jirous, Andrea Zemskov-Züge, OWEN)

Memory, European Identity and the Year 1989 (Eckart D. Stratenschulte, European Academy Berlin)

European Memory of 1989 - The Challenge for Civic Education (Bodo von Borries, University of Hamburg)

Teaching the history of romamian Communism in High Schools, problems and suggestions (Andrei Muraru, Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes in Romania)

Interconnecting History Education and Democratic Citizenship Education/Human Righs Education - Good Practices from Scotland (Tanveer Parnez, BEMIS)

The Slovenian Case: 1989 and its role ´for EDC/HRE in Adult Education (Alenka Begant, EIP Slovenia)

The complete BLUE LINES on Pathways interconnecting History Education and EDC/HRE in Adult Learning can be downloaded here.

DARE project welcomes two new partner organisations

The current DARE GRUNDTVIG Project Democracy and Human Rights Edcuation in Adult Learning welcomes two new Project Partner organisations.
Aktiv Allampolgarsag Alapitvany/Active Citizenship Foundation from Hungary -
Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure from UK -

Thursday, 10 September 2009

HREA conducts workshop for staff of Commonwealth Secretariat

HREA conducted a two-day introductory training workshop on 29-30 June 2009 for staff of the Commonwealth Secretariat at its headquarters in London (United Kingdom). The aim was to increase capacity in implementing a human rights-based approach in the Commonwealth's programming.

Thirty participants from all divisions of the Commonwealth Secretariat were introduced to human rights concepts and instruments, human rights mechanisms and human rights-based approaches. HREA trainers Peter Dixon and Felisa Tibbitts facilitated hands-on interactive sessions on tools for planning, monitoring and evaluation, sectoral and thematic-based frameworks and policies and other aspects of the human rights-based approach to development and democracy programming.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 countries that support each other and work together towards shared goals in democracy and development. The world’s largest and smallest, richest and poorest countries make up the Commonwealth and are home to two billion citizens of all faiths and ethnicities – over half of whom are 25or under. Member countries span six continents and oceans from Africa (18) to Asia (8), the Americas (2), the Caribbean (12), Europe (3) and the South Pacific (10). The 275 staff members of the Commonwealth Secretariat execute plans agreed to by Commonwealth Heads of Government through technical assistance, advice and policy development.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Going Global 4 - The UK's International Education Conference

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Central London, 24-26 March, 2010

We are pleased to announce that the British Council shall be holding its 4th Going Global conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 24-26 March 2010. The conference theme is


In the biggest economic meltdown in decades, international education faces tough challenges. How can we grow the international mobility of students and staff? Promote partnerships between countries and institutions? Help governments and industry create new strategies and global citizens for the future?

With more than 1,000 delegates from over 70 countries, Going Global has a fantastic range of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities on the ground, in print and online available. This conference puts your organisation at the heart of the debate, strengthening relationships with key decision makers in education, government and business. If you're interested in global education, you should be investing in 'Going Global'.

The conference will explore the trends and implications; explore models for change drawing on case studies from across the world; examine the barriers; and deliver frameworks for action across the following areas:

• Staff and student mobility
• Global partnerships
• Global citizens
• Policy and Leadership

For more information on conference themes, please visit our site:

Call for Proposals is now open

The British Council welcomes all proposals, suggestions and ideas for the conference programme which should be related to the main conference themes at Going Global 4.

How to submit a proposal, please visit:

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is 20 September 2009.

Sponsoring, Exhibiting and Advertising

Whether it is through advertising, exhibiting or sponsorship, Going Global 4 is an excellent way to promote your products and services to the international education industry. Sponsoring one of our range of packages is a very effective way to reach conference participants and your potential target audience, before, during and after the event. Exhibiting is also an excellent way to ensure you make personal connections with the conference participants.

As a sponsor and exhibitor you will have the occasion to:

• Strengthen relationships with key international decision makers
• Develop partnerships with education institutions, industry and government bodies
• Discover market trends, latest research findings and industry directions

Promote your organisation at the conference by purchasing advertising space in our full-colour Conference Programme. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the Going Global team or Nicole Kranz at ICWE our sponsorship and exhibition organisers:

Nicole Kranz
Leibnizstrasse 32
10625 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30 310 18 18-65
Fax: +49 (0)30 310 18 18 29