Friday, 28 May 2010

Go green, go good, go global - Education for sustainable development in Youth Work

International Training Course for Youth Leaders 26th September 2010 - 3rd October 2010

If you and your organisation are interested in the topic of education for sustainable development (ESD), then we have interesting news for you: We designed an international training course on ESD, taking place in the International House Sonnenberg, in the middle of the National Park Harz in Germany - a perfect place for this seminar! Some of you might know the place from the great training course on human rights method in spring 2009. Maybe your organisation is interested in taking part and sending 2 to 5 participants? Then you may sign the attached parnerdeclaration and send it by fax or mail (see contact below). If we receive EU-Funds the participant fees will be between € 50 and € 150, travelcosts will be reimbursed for around 70%.

If you have any questions, suggestions, information please contact the organisers:

Nina Wilking
Jugendbildungsreferentin / Director of youth educa
Sonnenberg-Kreis e.V. , Internationales Haus Sonnenberg, Claustha
ler Str. 11
37444 St. Andreasberg, Tel.: +49 / (0) 55 82 / 944-116, Fax: +49 / (0) 55 82 / 944-100 ,

Friday, 14 May 2010

Human rights education in non-formal settings: Lessons learned from the Rights Education Action Programme

The Rights Education Action Programme (REAP) is a 10 year-long international human rights education initiative led by Amnesty International Norway. This document sets out the lessons learned thus far from this initiative and these include increasing impact through collaboration, mobilizing youth through human rights education and that empowerment through human rights education can lead to social change. As well as lessons learned, the document includes key recommendations from REAP.

Full report for download here

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education adopted

On 11 May 2010, the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and representatives of the 47 Council of Europe member states adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)7 on the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education at the 120th Session the Committee of Ministers.
The Charter - which was developed over a period of several years with wide consultations and is non-binding - will be an important reference point for all of Europe and will be used as a basis for the Council of Europe's future work in this field in the coming years.

For further information, please see the following link:

Monday, 10 May 2010

DARE General Assembly 2010, 3rd July 2010 Vilnius Lithuania

DARE´s next generals assembly will be held on occasion of the upcoming Focus Meeting on 3rd July. 9.30 - 12.30
Place: Hotel Conti, Vilnius LITHUANIA.

A detailed program for the GA and all underlying material has been sent to all DARE member organisations. Organisations interested in DARE membership please have a look at the membership- info pages on

For further information on travel directions, accomodation, travel reimbursement please have a look the DARE Focus meeting information pages on

Monday, 3 May 2010

Citizenship Reloaded: Active Citizenship and its implications for EDC/HRE, Vilnius 1-2 July 2010

DAREs next European Focus Meeting Citizenship Reloaded: The Demand for “Active Citizenship” in Europe and its Implications for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE). (Vilnius/Lithuania, Hotel Conti, 1-2 July 2010)

There is a rising ambiguity for EDC/HRE purposes in Europe. The definition of “European Citizenship” and “Active Citizenship” as used on the EU level is vague. The whole field of Fundamental Rights and Citizenship in the EU is even more watering down the educational concepts within Citizenship and Human Rights Education as a whole.

As NGO´s active in Adult Learning we see a huge risk that the important work being undertaken on the level of the Council of Europe to integrate both concepts of EDC and HRE gets under pressure by the development in the EU and its member states.

The EU stresses the importance of citizenship, social cohesion and fundamental rights on one side but the member states reject the interdependence with any educational approaches. This fact is not only - but especially - for NGOs active in the field of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights a rising problem. “Education for Active Citizenship and European Citizenship” should have a lot to say when the EU asks for social cohesion.

The EU 2020 Strategy as well as the Education and Training Strategy only randomly refer to the importance of Citizenship for LLL, especially to the European dimension of democracy and social cohesion, but do not give a clear idea in how far educational purposes are really that go beyond vocational training are really on the agenda.

The Council of Europe ad hoc advisory group on EDC/HRE elaborated throughout the past years a draft Euroean Charter for EDC/HRE wich stresses the unique importance of EDC/HRE and sets out a new standard for EDC/HRE the COE member states should not fall behind. Is the ongoing mantra within EU around vocational training still up to date? Are the concepts of European Citizenship and Active Citizenship elaborated enough or do they need further developed?

Aim of the focus meeting is to deeply discuss with Civil Society Organisations and Experts from ALL European Levels the idea of “European Citizenship and Active Citizenship” in regard to its educational dimensions. Also the idea of the meeting is to motivate the EC level to a stronger political commitment in regard to EDC/HRE within the EU 2020 strategy.

detailed information soon on here and on