Friday, 20 November 2009

Launch of Portal for Human Rights Schools

HREA is very pleased to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with the launch of a new web portal to promote understanding and application of a human rights-based approach to schooling.

The CRC calls for all children to be treated with dignity and respect. In the context of schooling this means:

• access to a quality education;
• children’s active participation in the life of the school;
• protection from all forms of abuse that may occur in the school setting;
• the provision of human rights education.

A human rights-based approach (HRBA) to schooling is concerned with the organisation of learning so that it is reflective of human rights principles and promotes understanding and cherishing of the human rights framework. The HRBA process involves complex interactions between the right to education in general, the implementation of human rights practices within the structure of the school itself, and the teaching of human rights through schooling.

HREA has compiled a wealth of resources on the human rights-based approach to schooling, which can be found in our new Portal for Human Rights Schools. The aims of this portal are:

• to provide viewpoints on the theoretical underpinnings of the HRBA;
• to present a range of HRBA practices that are emerging in schools worldwide;
• to encourage "best practices" in the documentation and evaluation of the HRBA by sharing resources dedicated to examining the most pressing issues in evaluating human rights education.

The Portal for Human Rights Schools can be accessed at:

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Global Education Newsletter - Fall 2009 - North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

Global Education News is an electronic newsletter where national global education practitioners can share global education news and best practices, useful thematic links and educational materials. It also serves as a medium for the North-South Centre global education network national coordinators' own use.

Global Education Newsletter nº68

Compasito Training, Cyprus

ENGAGE – Civic Engagement for Reconciliation is a joint project of The Management Centre and NGO Support Centre funded by UNDP-ACT and USAID, aiming to strengthen the role played by civil society in the reconciliation process by ‘increasing the number of policy positions led by civil society Organizations and Civil Society networks

Thus, the role of the Human Right organizations and the educators will be essential in the future of Cyprus to strengthen the reconciliation and to address the incorporation of Human Rights Education in schools as a means to promote combat of discrimination, and to promote tolerance and acceptance on the island.

We are invited to a meeting, which will take place on 19 November at the Fulbright Centre, from 19:00 to 21:00 for an initial sharing of tools that can be utilized in the school setting. For this first meeting, there will be a presentation of `Compasito` which is a Training Manual of Human Rights Education with children developed by the Human Rights Education Programme of the Council of Europe followed by open discussion with the intention of organizing future events or actions that promote reconciliation.

Your participation and thoughts will contribute to our efforts towards peace building and reconciliation in Cyprus
Turkish Cypriotic Human Rights Foundation
Kıbrıslı Türk İnsan Hakları Vakfı, 3,Hasmet Gurkan Str. Nicosia-Mersin -10-Turkey
Ms Canan Oztoprak

Human Rights Day - Art Competition, Cyprus

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day on the 10 of December, an art competition is being launched, which aims to promote and highlight the importance of Human Rights Day. Entries can be submitted in two categories: (a) photography and (b) painting/poster. The official website of the competition, which also includes the terms and conditions for the competition, the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other useful information is:

The winning entries as well as a selection of the best artwork submitted will be presented at a ceremony on the 10th of December, which is International Human Rights Day.

This competition is an initiative of two non-governmental organizations: KISA - Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism, and the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation and is supported by the Embassy of Netherlands
Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation,
3,Hasmet Gurkan Str. Nicosia-Mersin -10-Turkey
Ms Canan Otztoprak:

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Future is based on a Past -Civic education and its impact on Democracy, Berlin

In 1959 the Association of German Educational Organisations (AdB) was founded as a pluralistic network of civic educational institutions active in non-formal youth and adult education. 50 years later on 10th December AdB will celebrate this half a century with a thematic forum on civic education: “Future is based on a Past – Civic Education and its Impact on Democracy”. AdB´s own history and presence is from the beginning closely interrelated with the development of democracy in Germany.

Critical reflections on the current state of democracy and emerging challenges for Policy, Media and Civic Education are the core of the inputs given by experts and topics being discussed on the panels, as well as the role of civic education as integral part of youth education correlating with the specific learning environment of non formal educational centers. On occasion of the event the book “Workshop for Democracy – 50 Years AdB” is going to be launched.

Place: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Berlin

Organiser: Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB)


Monday, 16 November 2009

Police and Minors - seminar for police officers on childrens rights

"Police and minors" is the title of a 1-day in-service training session for 25 police officers at OPAC, Ghent, Belgium. On 1 December 2009 the whole day deals with sensibilization of police officers on their role in the realization of human rights/children's rights. Methods are workshops with role plays, exchange of views on legally unclear issues (eg. use of handcuffs etc.).


OPAC (East Flanders Police Academy)

Sprendonkstraat 91; Ghent; Belgium

Pascal Vandenhole

"20 years of Childrens Rights Councils: time to party with the students' council?"

Forum student participation: "20 Years of Childrens Rights Councils: time to party with the student´s council?"

On 22 October 2009 at the Provincial Institute PIVA (Antwerp, Belgium) a whole day of action, brainstorming, group work, action plan drafting was held for for fifty high school students (12-18y) and teachers involved in their school's students' council. They aimed at encouraging students' councils to organize children's rights activities.


POV (Flanders Provincial Education)

Boudewijnlaan 20/21; 1000 Brussels; Belgium:

Yvette Anné

"Children's rights in the library?!", Permeke public library, Antwerp, Belgium

Lecture and workshop for 100 staffers from begian children's libraries on 26/27 October 2009. The aim of the Workshop was to stimulate children's library staff to integrate children's rights in their daily work, taking 20 Nov/10 Dec as the starting point and working towards the Flemish children's books week in March, in 2010 dedicated to children's rights because of the CRC's 20th birthday

Lecture with plenty of examples and a collective brainstorming exercise on children's rights activities in the library.



Locus vzw (regional office for libraries)

Locus vzw; Priemstraat 51; 1000 Brussels; Belgium;

Bram Tollenaere

"Kwien", a human rights musical for and by preschool and primary school children, Belgium

In fall 2009 at several Belgian schools the rehearsals for Kwien start, involving preschool and primary school children. About 1000 children participate in the musical; about 5000 people will be in the audience. The aim of Kwien is at involving young children in a funny, endearing and thought-provoking musical about a spoilt queen bee. For the occasion of 20 November and 10 December, 5 schools start rehearsing the musical!


VORMEN vzw - center of expertise on human rights education Flanders, Patriottenstraat 27; 2600 Berchem; Belgium;

Partner: De Notenboom vzw,

Friday, 13 November 2009

HREA research paper on HRE in German schools now available online

Research in Human Rights Education Papers
The second issue in HREA's Research in Human Rights Education Papers is now available. The paper is a study on the impact of a nationwide human rights education curriculum in the framework of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project in Germany. "Human Rights Education in German Schools and Post-Secondary Institutions: Results of a Study" is written Dr. Lothar Müller of the University of Trier.

In 1980, the German Kultusministerkonferenz (KMK) issued Recommendations for the integration of human rights education in primary and secondary schools. This study evaluates the application of these recommendations and based on a study named "UNESCO-Associated Project Schools (ASP) and Human Rights Education". The study valuates the application of these recommendations based on a 1999-2000 study conducted in 43 schools with a total of 144 teachers and 2824 students.

The paper covers the recommendations in all their aspects – the content objectives, the methods used, the holistic approach to human rights education appealing to students’ minds, emotions and actions as well as results and consequences – and it also correlates human rights education practice with socio-demographic variables. The findings show that while the UNESCO schools are more actively engaged in human rights education, their students objectively do not have more knowledge of human rights than those in regular schools. The data also show that emotion is the key to sustainable human rights education. Students who are emotionally involved in the subject and learn through emotion-oriented methods are inclined to become active for human rights. Moreover, subjects that can be tackled from an affective angle are more likely to have an effect on students’ behaviour and effective human rights education.

The paper can be downloaded (in PDF format) at:

Through the Research in Human Rights Education Papers Series HREA hopes to encourage more research on the impact of human rights education and make the results available to practitioners, academics and funders. In 2009 and 2010 HREA will publish five more papers, including a review of existing theory about human rights education and a case study on South Africa.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

The day of the good citizen/ Celebrating the day of Estonian citizens, Tallinn, Estonia

On November 26, 2009 a Youth forum for 50 young adults in the age of 16 - 26 will be Held in Tallinn. Celebrating the day of Estonian citizens. On 26 November th Citizen's Day is celebrated in Estonia. The Citizen’s Day is an event meant for all citizens and people living in Estonia. On this day, we will think about the relationship between ourselves and the state and how good we are as citizens. The aim of the Youth forum is to expand the knowledge of students about the society of Estonia, value Estonian citizenship and being a citizen, strengthen the tradition of the Citizen’s Day and the Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia and develop tolerance in a multicultural environment.

Online quize for 2000 participants from schools all over Estonia under:
The aim of the online quize is to improve students knowledge about the society of Estonia, Citizenship, Estonian Constitution, Estonian Government, Human Rights.

Estonian Integration Foundation

Jan Tönissöni Institute
Sulev valdmaa

Acting together day, Rakvere/Estonia

November 27, 2009 is the day for 50 students from Estonian and Russian speaking schools to meet in a workshop for Estonian and Russian speaking Highschool students. Aim is celebrating the day of Estonian citizens. On 26 November th Citizen's Day is celebrated in Estonia. The Citizen’s Day is an event meant for all citizens and people living in Estonia. On this day, we will think about the relationship between ourselves and the state and how good we are as citizens. The aim of the workshop is to expand the knowledge of students about the society of Estonia and to develop tolerance in a multicultural environment.
Rakvere Gymnasium and Rakvere Russian Gymnasium
Jaan Tõnisson Institute
Sulev valdmaa

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Ethnic Minority Disabled People Get Their Voices Heard

Ethnic Minority Disabled People Get Their Voices Heard

The aim of this workshop is to identify barriers the disabled community is facing, and develop ways in which disabled people can get involved in helping to improve access to services across the justice system in Scotland and to draw on their skills and experience to improve the Scottish justice sector for all.

Scotland, Glasgow, 23rd Sept 2009

Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland (BEMIS)
BEMIS 38 Queen St- Glasgow G1 3DX

Partner Organisation:
Capability Scotland

ACTivatION: Launching the Online Resource Centre on Active Citizenship

ACTivatION: Launching the Online Resource Centre on Active Citizenship
Lauching on 10 December 2009 !

Target group: professionals (policy makers, educators, researchers, NGOs) and the general public

The aim of the Online Resource Centre is to disseminate Hungarian and international documents, publications related to the concept of and education for active citizenship. The Resource Centre will provide a collected list of and links to the relevant literature, in a structured form, allowing targeted keyword search among the titles included. The Centre also will provide a possibility for those working in the field to suggest documents to be mentioned and linked in the Centre.
The Centre will have a potential to contribute to the awareness-raising, publicity and marketing to the notion of active citizenship.
Aktív Állampolgárság Alapítvány / Active Citizenship Foundation, HungaryBudapest 1088,
Szentkirályi utca 11.
Enikő Pap

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

New Citizenship Research and Publications from NFER

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to update you about three recent publications on citizenship education from NFER researchers.

Embedding citizenship education (CE) in secondary schools in England (2002-08)
Avril Keating, David Kerr, Joana Lopes, Gill Featherstone and Thomas Benton

This is the seventh annual report from the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS), concentrating on emerging lessons from 12 longitudinal case-study schools that CELS has been following since CE became as statutory part of the curriculum in 2002.

The report shows that CE, as a subject, is increasingly accepted by secondary school leaders and teachers, It is perceived to be having a positive impact on students’ confidence, tolerance and respect; while other benefits include a greater awareness of current affairs and engagement with local issues. However, there remain a minority of schools where CE is not firmly embedded and where students may not be receiving their statutory entitlement. The final report from CELS will be published in 2010.

Research brief, full report and press release can be found here:

Citizenship and values education to the rescue! A shared call to action by the Five Nations Network
David Kerr ­ Conference Rapporteur

A united call to action ­ from those in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales ­ for politicians and policy makers to make a renewed commitment to citizenship and values education to enable young people to engage with our increasingly complex, challenging and changing world. Recent events, including mistrust in politics and politicians, the rise of far right parties, and the meltdown in financial services, have all highlighted the urgency of investment in citizenship and values education.

The Five Nations Network has brought together policy makers, practitioners, stakeholders, NGOs and young people for an annual conference on citizenship and values education since 2000. Following the ninth annual conference, they are now determined to galvanise support and have issued a number of lines of action to invigorate citizenship and values education within and across the five nations.

Call to action, executive summary and full conference report can be accessed at or from the Institute for Global Ethics website:

Pupil assessment in citizenship education: purposes, practices and possibilities
David Kerr, Avril Keating and Eleanor Ireland

Can you assess pupils in citizenship education?
If yes, how can you do it effectively?
What are the challenges in developing pupil assessment in citizenship education?

Responding to a gap in knowledge and understanding about assessment in this area, NFER worked with a number of CIDREE organisations from across Europe to answer these questions.

The report collects comparative information on current policies, purposes and practices in eight countries ­ England, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales ­ and highlights emerging themes and challenges. The outcomes map the rapid and ongoing changes that have taken place, identify key challenges that remain and highlight the possibilities for taking this area forward.

Downloadable a free copy of the full report here:

NFER is keen to work with partners to continue to monitor and report on developments in pupil assessment in citizenship education.

Copy and paste links to your browser. To access details of all our research, evaluation and consultancies in citizenship and human rights education visit

David Kerr
Avril Keating
Joana Lopes
Julie Nelson

Alice Yorke, Marketing and sales officer, CMIS, NFER
The Mere, Upton Park, SL1 2DQ
Tel +44 (0) 1753 637 002

Friday, 6 November 2009

Human Rights Film Week, Wuerzburg, Germany

At the University of Applied Sciences (Wuerzburg, Germany) from 07.-11.12.2009 the second Human Rights Film Week takes place.

The Goal is to raise sensitivity for human rights issues and human rights education through film amongst students and pupils of Wuerzburg. A referee gives an introduction to the topic, the film will be shown and afterwards there will be a discussion, the entry is free!



University of Applied Sciences

Muenzstr. 12, 97070 Wuerzburg

Simone Emmert, E-Mail:

Workshop: Problems of human rights education (“HRE”) in primary and secondary schools. Methods and forms of HRE, Azerbaijan, Baku,

From November, 10 - December, 10 2009 approximately 200 school administration staffers and teachers from 5 secondary schools (##23, 32, 47, 58 and 269) work in Round tables on HRE. The Activity happens in order to attract the attention of school administration and teachers to the actuality and necessity of HRE. Exchange of experience on conducing HRE in classrooms.


1. The presentation “What are human rights? Principal international and national documents in this area.

2. Introduction to existing materials on HRE in Azerbaijani language.

3. Speeches of teachers who has experience in this area.

4. Exchange of opinions on HRE problems.

Contact: “Tehsil ve tereqqi” (Education and progress) Public Union

A.Geraybeyli 11/15, apt.78, Baku AZ1069 , Azerbaijan,

The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Article in Yearbook Peace Culture 2009, Austria, November 2009

Publication by Pharos. Title: “On the ground: Work for the Realisation of Social Human Rights in Bosnia-Herzegovina” To inform the general public about the role of social humanitarian work delivered by civil society in post-war societies in order to realise human rights.

Description of human rights framework and activities delivered by Pharos in the with the aim of helping realise human social rights

web: (German only)

Center for Peace Research and Peace Education at the University of Klagenfurt

A-9020 Klagenfurt, Universitätsstr. 65-67


Ingrid Halbritter,

Volunteer Service in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia

Starting September 2009 five young students from Germany start their volunteer service in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.

Pharos seconds volunteers to social institutions in above mentioned countries. Pharos is in charge of seconded volunteers (mentoring, counselling, support) Intercultural learning, support of local organisations. Volunteers are working for 12 months in BiH and SRB


Partners: EIRENE International Neuwied,, Udruzenje “KULT” Sarajevo


Ingrid Halbritter,

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Conference: "Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe through Education for Democratic Citizenship / Human Rights Education"

Registration open now! Apply until Dec 10!

The conference "Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe through Education for Democratic Citizenship / Human Rights Education" takes place in Glasgow, March 3-4, 2010, and is hosted by BEMIS (Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland) and DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning).

The conference program consists of country reports and case studies from all over Europe to highlight the effects of poverty and social exclusion on education for democratic citizenship and human rights education - and vice versa. Workshops and site visits introduce the conference participants to local and European best practices.

The conference is open to everyone interested. Costs for DARE Grundtvig project partners can be reimbursed. More information, the conference program and the registration form is available at the DARE website.