Thursday, 24 February 2011

The European Wergeland Centre - Newsletter #20/February 2011

1. News from the EWC

Reimagining Democratic Societies: A New Era of Personal and Social

Conference on the responsibility of higher
education for democracy and social cohesion "Reimagining
Democratic Societies: A New Era of Personal and Social
Responsibilities?" is the theme for the upcoming international
conference that will take place in Oslo; 27-29 June.

This conference is part of the cooperation between different partners; the
Council of Europe, the US Steering Committee of the International
Consortium for higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy; the
University of Oslo and the European Wergeland Centre, committed to
promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law as well as social
cohesion and intercultural dialogue, and their belief in the key role of
education in furthering these goals.

100-150 higher education leaders and representatives of public authorities
from the United States and Europe with some participants also from other
parts of the world as well ! as from NGOs are expected to take part in
this conference.

2. Capacity Building

Educators' Consultations

To encourage dialogue among researchers and practitioners, the EWC
annually organizes seminars and workshops for teacher trainers, teachers
and other educators from Europe and beyond.

In 2011, the Educators' Consultations will focus on the findings of the
IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS). The EWC
regards the findings of the study, which was published in autumn 2010,
extremely interesting with regard to basic! challenges of EDC in
schools. The study will be the initial point for discussions with
teachers and teacher trainers in different European countries: Austria,
Bulgaria, Poland, Germany and others.

Last chance for this year's Summer Academy: Democracy at School

The deadline for applications to participate in the Summer Academy 2011 in
Poland expires on 25th February. There is great interest to take part in
this event, and a selection of participants will be made shortly. The
Summer Academy 2011 will take place in Warsaw, 9-16 July. It is a joint
cooperation between the Polish Ministry of National Education, Centre for
Education Development in Poland, Council of Europe and EWC.

Online Community of Practice

In cooperation with the Council of Europe's Pestalozzi Programme, the EWC
is developing an online Community of Practice for education professionals
in the field of education for democratic citizenship, human rights and
intercultural understanding. An international group of experts from the
CoE Pestalozzi Programme Network of Trainers is currently testing the
pilot version of the site in cooperation with the EWC. The Community of
Practice is scheduled for implementation in late 2011.

3. Research and Development

Evaluation of Transversal Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge

In 2011 and 2012, a working group constituted by the Pestalozzi Programme
and the EWC will work on the development ! of a tool kit for the
evaluation of transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge (TASK). The
intended outcome of the working process is a resource giving teacher
trainers and teachers the opportunity to tailor-make their own methodology
in order to measure learning outcomes related to "soft skills" in learning
processes in the field of democratic citizenship, human rights and
intercultural understanding.

4. Useful Resources

EWC's online library offers free access to resources in the field of
education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural
understanding. Stay up to date on teaching materials, books, surveys and
conference reports.

View the ICCS European Report; Civic knowledge, attitudes and engagement
among lower-secondary students in 24 European countries

Do you have a publication you think should be available in the EWC
library, please send it to:

5. EWC calendar and events

February 9: The EWC Director, Ana Perona, gave a presentation of the
Centre at the CoE Committee of Ministers meeting.

February 15: A delegation from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and
Research (Department of Policy Analysis, Lifelong Learning and
International Affairs) visited the EWC to be updated on current and future

March 14: The Fifth Inter-Institutional Meeting organized by the Council
of Europe on "Strategies for the Implementation of Regional and
International Texts on Citizenship and Human Rights Education"

March 29 - April 1: EWC's R&D coordinator, Dr Claudia Lenz, will
participate in a jury in the Academy of Central European Schools (aces).
The programme aims at supporting the establishment of a Central European
network of schools. In 2010, the aces invited teachers and students to
submit partnership project proposals on the topic "Create your solutions!
Dealing with conflicts in schools and our surroundings". The winners of
the contest will be decided at a meeting in Prague at the end of April.

March 30 - April 1: The EWC has been invited by the Association of Local
Democracy Agencies to join the international conference "Regional
partnership for intercultural exchange in the Balkans" in Mostar/Bosnia
Herzegovina. The conference will give an overview of activities
implemented over the past two years and provide space for interaction and
debate on key concepts related to democratic participation and good local

The European Wergeland Centre, Stensberggt 25, NO-0170 Oslo, Norway
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2011 Call for Study sessions with the EYC

Hereby we would like to inform you that the process for applications for activities to be held in cooperation with the European Youth Centre is now open. These activities concern, in majority, study sessions in the centre’s programmes. Study sessions may last from 4 to 8 eight working days and bring together between 20 to 40 participants. Double study sessions may bring together up to 70 participants. In addition to study sessions, international/European youth organisations and networks may also apply for symposia or for “special projects”.

The programme of activities of 2012 will be the first to be run according to the work priorities of the youth sector of the Council of Europe as defined by the Agenda 2020, adopted by the Conference of Youth Ministers in October 2008. According to this, the priorities for 2010-2012 are the following:
  1.  Human rights and democracy: youth policy and youth work promoting the core values of the Council of Europe
  2. - Living together in diverse societies: youth policy and youth work promoting intercultural dialogue
  3. - Social inclusion of young people
  4. - Policy approaches and instruments benefiting young people and children
The full details of the sub-themes in each priority can be consulted here:

Study sessions applications are welcome for the first three priorities.

For the Council of Europe, the programme of study sessions represents an important way of associating young people to the mission of the Council of Europe in relation to youth policy. They are also a concrete means of support to youth organisations and networks, notably by covering the costs of the activity and providing professional educational support.
Youth organisations and networks intending to apply for a study session for the first semester of 2012 should fill in send their application by April 1 to . The activities proposed should contribute to the thematic priorities above-mentioned while preserving the independence and autonomy of the youth organisations applying. An application is also appended to this message.

get the forms and criteria etc here:
Should you have any questions about study sessions, symposia or “special projects”, please address them to:  

Centre Européen de la Jeunesse
30, rue Pierre de Coubertin
F - 67000 Strasbourg
Fon: +33 3 88 41 22 94

Please note that Study sessions are run in cooperation with international non-governmental youth organisations. Any queries about those activities must be addressed to these organisations.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Workshop "Knowledge and competences needed in building, developing and strenghtening local community" , Vilnius LT, 17-23 April 2011

EU Grundtvig Workshop: "Knowledge and competences needed in building, developing and strenghtening local community"

17-23 April 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania
(EU Lifelong Learning Programme / Grundtvig/ No: 2010-1-LT1-GRU13-02891)

The Seminar is free of charge for the participants! Accommodation, food and workshop activities will be paid for by our organisation through a grant received by the Lifelong Grundtvig Programme. Economy travel costs and travel insurance will be reimbursed.

Programme description:
Feel free to forward this invitation to anybody who might be interested in our Workshop.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us and send us the filled application form by e-mail to  by February 23, 2011.


Erika Matuizaite
Ph.: +370 5 212 44 18
Mob.: +370 6 9999962
Centre for Civic Initiatives
A. Smetonos str. 5 - 304,
LT - 01115 Vilnius, Lithuania

Thursday, 17 February 2011

DARE Spring Academy: Human Rights CREATIVE (Sonnenberg, 4-11 April 2011)

The Training Course ”Human Rights CREATIVE” is organized by the International House Sonnenberg in cooperation with the DARE-network ( and nine partner organizations from different European countries that are active in the field of Human Rights education, and it is mainly financed by the “Youth in Action” Programme of the EU.

During the training course between 30 and 40 multipliers from the nine partner countries that are United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Germany will firstly get a short general introduction into the topic of Human Rights and Human Rights Education (HRE), in order to then get to know a wide range of methods with a creative approach (such as theatre, film, arts etc.) that can be used to work with (international) young people on the topic of Human Rights.

About us

The International House Sonnenberg is an education center offering many different kinds of conferences, seminars and other educational activities for youth, children, adults and families. A huge focus lies on international encounters, political issues and training courses for multipliers.

More information:

In April 2009 we facilitated the course “Methods of Human Rights Education in Youth Work” in cooperation with the DARE-network. You can find the documentation at

Target group

The Course addresses young multipliers, aged between 18 and 35, such as youth workers, youth leaders, social workers, teachers, students of educational subjects but also volunteers and all other people working with youth and interested in the topic of Human Rights.

Topics that will be covered in our training course “Human Rights CREATIVE”:

  • What are Human Rights and where do they come from?
  • The importance and aims of Human Rights Education (HRE)
  • A simulation game on a current topic related to Human Rights
  • Individual Workshops, held by different international experts, teaching a variety of creative approaches for teaching Human Rights, e.g. theatre methods, artistic methods, video/films, photography, …
  • Exchange of experiences and best-practice examples in the field of HRE
  • One-day-excursion to visit projects/organizations active in Human Rights Education
  • Developing ideas for (joint) practical projects, using creative methods of HRE


  • to equip international multipliers with a range of creative methods for teaching Human Rights
  • to stimulate participants to take an active role in promoting Human Rights
  • to arise young people's awareness of topics related to Human Rights

The methodology of the training course

The project is designed as an open learning process based on participants’ exchange of experiences and opinions. The training course follows the approach of non-formal and social education. In addition we will invite international experts to hold workshops on creative methods and to give presentations on the theoretical background of Human Rights (Education).

Working language

English – all participants must be able to actively communicate in English


We are expecting from participants in our training course “Human Rights CREATIVE” to have:

  • previous experiences and knowledge of working with young people
  • great interest in the field of Human Rights
  • good English communication skills
  • willingness to contribute to the program with a presentation on either your organization, a certain project you have been involved with or a good practice example. It should be practical information that the other participants will benefit from!
  • willingness to develop a project within the Youth in Action Programme as an outcome of the training course
  • willingness to participate throughout the full duration of the Training Course

Financial conditions

The participation fee for each participant will be: 130,- Euros

There is a reduced fee for participants from Eastern European countries: 80,- Euros

The fee includes food and lodging at our beautiful education center as well as program costs during the entire training course.

70% of your travel costs will be reimbursed, if you hand in or show us the original tickets at the training course. Example: If the ticket costs you 200 Euro, then 140 Euro will be reimbursed after the event. (Using the cheapest transport is required: 2nd class train, economy airfare, etc.)


Jochen Dallmer, Berlin/Germany, “Young Friends of the Earth Germany”

Samuel Antonio Mejias, London/United Kingdom, Researcher (writing PhD) “Institute of Education, University of London”

Speakers / Workshop facilitators

“Human Rights – origin, vision, reality” – Frank Elbers, Netherlands, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
“Theatre of Human Rights” – Borislava Daskalova, Bulgaria, Trainer of Forum Theatre

“Children Rights – seen creatively” – Massimo di Rienzo & team, Rome/Italy, Menougualepiu

“Making Human Rights Videos” – Samuel A. Mejias, London/United Kingdom, University of London

“Drumming for Human Rights” – Christine Holtkamp, Trainer of Samba and political action

“Murals – colorful reminders of Human Rights” – Cathy Bird, United Kingdom

“Human Rights in film and sound” – N.N.

Partners involved

“Partners Bulgaria Foundation”, Bulgaria,
“Future Worlds Center”, Cyprus,
“European Safer Schools Partnership”, United Kingdom,
“Active Citizenship Foundation”, Hungary,
“Menougualepiù s.r.l.”, Italy,
Informal group of multipliers, Malta
“Human Rights Education Associates”, Netherlands,
“Education for the Future”, Poland

Application Procedure

Participation is only possible upon accepted application as the number of places is limited. Please fill the application form that is attached to this letter or download it at > conferences > Human Rights CREATIVE.

Application deadline is 28th of February 2011. Please use the application form only, don’t send additional documents. Selection of participants will be upon their experience and commitment. We seek active people who can use creative methods of Human Rights Education in their youth work. Participation is only possible for the whole programme, not for single days or sessions.

If you are interested in participating, please fill in the attached application form and send it to us by Feb 28th.

Further details
on program, location, travel reimbursement and all other technicalities will be given to confirmed participants in March.

For more information about the Training Course, please contact Katja Pötzsch-Martin by e-mail: or call +49-(0)5582-944-148 / -0

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

EDC/HRE Volume I: Educating for democracy - Background materials on democratic citizenship and human rights education for teachers

The objective of this manual is to support teachers and practitioners in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE). It addresses key questions about EDC and HRE, including competences for democratic citizenship, the objectives and basic principles of EDC/HRE, and a whole school approach to education for democracy and human rights. The manual consists of three parts. Part I outlines the basic principles of EDC/HRE as far as they are helpful and meaningful for the practitioner. Part II gives guidelines and tools to design, support and assess the students' processes of constructivist and interactive learning. Part III provides toolboxes for teachers and students in EDC/HRE. The other volumes in this series offer concrete teaching models and materials in EDC/HRE for pupils from elementary to upper secondary level.

Author(s) : Rolf Gollob, Peter Krapf, Wiltrud Weidinger (editors)
ISBN : 978-92-871-6920-4
Format : A4
No. of pages : 155
Price : 19 €/ 38 $
+ 10% postage
Order hard copy

Download PDF version

Friday, 4 February 2011

Training on reporting diversity in Spain

Two 2-day workshops on reporting diversity are being held on 24-25 and 26-27 February 2011 in Madrid, Spain. These workshops are organised by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in cooperation with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), a global media development charity specialised in diversity reporting and media issues which is based in London. The workshops will be based on a Diversity Toolkit developed by the FRA in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The aim of the workshops is to improve the way that journalism professionals report diversity.

Trainer: Jean-Michel Duffrene is a multilingual and experienced media trainer. He has spent 27 years working for the BBC and he will guide the workshop participants through intense multimedia training.

The target audience is working journalists, journalism academics and staff from NGOs specialised in diversity.

The training is free of charge for media professionals and the number of places is limited. Participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs.

For more information and application form, please go to:

Deadline for applying is 10 February 2011.

Draft United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) would like to inform you that the final documentation related to the Open-ended Working Group on the draft United Nations declaration on human rights education and training, which took place in Geneva from 10 to 14 January 2011, is now available on OHCHR's website as follows:

1. A/HRC/16/41 - Note by the Secretariat
2. A/HRC/WG.9/1/2 - Draft United Nations declaration on human rights education and training as adopted by the Open-ended Working Group on the draft United Nations declaration on human rights education and training 3. A/HRC/WG.9/1/3 - Report of the Open-ended Working Group on the draft
United Nations declaration on human rights education and training (Geneva, 10-14 January 2011)

At present, these documents are only available in the original English version; all other official language versions, once published, will be also posted on OHCHR's website.

The Human Rights Council will consider this draft declaration during its sixteenth session (Geneva, 28 February - 25 March 2011).