Thursday, 4 March 2010

Conference: Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe through EDC/HRE in Adult Learning

The European conference "Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe through Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning" in Glasgow, March 4-5, 2010, provided a forum for more than 170 stakeholders in field of Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship (HRE/EDC), among them practitioners in formal and non-formal education, NGO activists, educational experts, political scientists and policy makers from various levels ranging from city councils to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

The conference aimed to contribute to the development of coherent European framework policies to combat poverty and social exclusion through HRE/EDC in lifelong learning and emphasize the role of NGOs in the field. It also offered networking opportunities and access to relevant information for the “Grundtvig community” and all other stakeholders in lifelong learning.

“ I am convinced that there is an absolute connection between lack of education, democracy and human rights and an increase in poverty and social exclusion. Conversely if you increase education, democratic participation and respect for human rights you will decrease poverty. I know that is your aim and I share it with you.”
David Martin (MEP, Committees: International Trade, Human Rights) at his opening speech on March 5

Conference organisers:
- DARE - Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning- BEMIS - Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland

For more information check:
The full conference documentation including policy recommendations will be available for download soon.