Thursday, 28 April 2011

Workshop Results: “European Transitions from Dictatorship to Democracy in the late 1980’s”

Humannity in Action Germany hosted a Workshop in early March entitled EUTRA - European Transitions from Dictatorship to Democracy in the late 1980’s.”

Supported by the European Union Lifelong Learning Program "Grundtvig" the workshop brought together thirteen EU residents with different national and educational backgrounds. The age diversity contributed significantly to intellectual content of the workshop. Some participants had directly experienced political transformation in Eastern Europe. Others came of age after their country of origin had undergone major changes, but brought memories from their childhood and family stories.

The workshop included lectures, site visits, discussions and testimonies by eyewitnesses and culminated in a simulation game centered around a fictitious country in the throes of political upheaval and regime change. The simulation asks dominant interest groups and stakeholders to come together to negotiate a course of action that is acceptable to all.

The simulation manual is available for download and further use at the Humanity in Action Simulation Library.

Monday, 18 April 2011

European Union Fundamental Rights Agency: Hot Topics at 4th Fundamental Rights Platform Meeting

The 4th annual meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on April 14-15 in Vienna brought together around 180 civil society representatives from across the EU and over 30 FRA experts.

Key themes of the meeting included:
- Access to Justice: How civil society organisations can help victims to claim their rights;
- Participation: The role of civil society organisations in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD);
- Co-operation between the FRA and FRP.

Ilze Brand-Kehris, Chair of the FRA Management Board, emphasized the
importance of dialogue between the FRA and the platform participants (instead of "parallel monologues") and introduced a long-term strategy of developing indicators for fundamental rights compliance.

At a "Talking Table" on Human Rights Education, Aydan Iyigüngör, FRA Human Rights Education Coordinator, suggested to promote the integration of explicit references to human rights education and training into European Commisssion funding programmes - in cooperation with the FRP participants and other HRE stakeholders.

Apart from plenary discussions, participants were offered 30 min slots to present ideas, projects or issues that are important to them, and to discuss these with the other participants and the FRA staff. This led in many cases to very controversial sessions on conflicting fundamental rights. FRP participants recommended to pay closer attention to conflicting rights in the future work of the FRA.

Several DARE member organisations among the participants of the Fundamental Rights Platform took this opportunity to catch up on recent developments in Democracy and Human Rights Education and share the results of the most recent DARE project "Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning".

DARE member Humanity in Action presented recently developed Human Rights Dilemma Simulations as an innovative tool to link human rights education with history learning and civic education. The simulations are available for download at

DARE members Chrysis Michaelidis (left, European Social Forum Cyprus),
Anne Stalfort (Humanity in Action Germany),
and Gabriella Patriziano (Volontariato Internazionale per Sviluppo)
present the DARE GRUNDTVIG project report "Democracy and Human Rights Education in Adult Learning".

Course: Global Citizens Development Education Theory & Practice for Adult Basic Skills/Literacy Educators

Course:  Global Citizens Development Education Theory & Practice for Adult Basic Skills/Literacy Educators - A training course for adult education tutors/course coordinators This training course has been approved and is included in the Comenius - Grundtvig Training Database, reference number IE-2011-211-002

Join with an international group of professionals and peers to enhance your skills and improve your capacity to assist your students to learn in an environment that encourages active citizenship. Development Education (DE) methodologies will be introduced by an expert team and participants will be facilitated to explore how to integrate DE approaches and resources into their work.

  • DATES: two sessions of this course will be held, you may register for either session. Session 1: 05/09/2011 - 09/90/2011 or Session 2: 12/09/2011 - 16/09/2011
  • COURSE COST: A grant is available under the EU Grundtvig Inservice programme to cover travel & accommodation expenses and fees for this course.

Detailed information on how to apply is available from your national agency.
Find you National Agency here: . Deadline for submission of applications is APRIL 29!!

If you are interested in participating in an international Grundtvig in-service training course, don’t miss this opportunity! And please forward this message to any colleagues you think might also be interested in participating.

FURTHER INFORMATION: contact Mary McGillicuddy by email: - or telephone +353 66 718 1358.

Mary McGillicuddy
KADE - Kerry Action for Development Education - IRLAND
11 Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland

+353 66 718 1358

Monday, 11 April 2011

Funding Programme TEACHING HUMAN RIGHTS 2011 - Call for Applications


  • Content and Objectives of the Programme

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 was a fundamental response to historical injustice, and in particular to the crimes of the National Socialists and World War II. The protection and enforcement of human rights is and will remain an important task. With the funding programme “Teaching Human Rights”, the Foundation is undertaking a long-term and active commitment to forging thematic links between human rights education and history learning. Through the examination of the history of National Socialism, the Holocaust and the Second World War, it is highlighting important contemporary approaches.

The history of human rights teaches us above all that these rights always were and indeed still are in danger. At the same time it also shows us how individuals, organisations, institutions and states have successfully fought to ensure that these rights are observed.

Human rights education aims to foster a culture of human rights that empowers people and organisations to observe, protect and assert human rights. It takes the form of preventive and action-oriented educational work. Today it is vitally important to develop educational offerings that strengthen active commitment to human rights by promoting knowledge and skills, and by making clear that: internationally anchored human rights are indispensable in view of the history of conflict and violence in the 20th century, especially World War II and the Holocaust; human rights have been successfully championed in processes dealing with specific experiences of injustice; courageous individuals from all over the world, NGOs and social movements have taken up the struggle for human rights and can encourage other people to stand up for human rights as well; even today, human rights do not apply equally for all human beings, and this calls for special engagement.

The Foundation would also like this Funding Programme to steer historical learning more in the direction of human rights issues. Projects are to focus on individual human rights, their legal protection and the corresponding historical contexts.

  • What can be funded?

National and international projects, for example: the design and implementation of education projects for young people and multipliers, for special target groups such as pupils at lower-intermediate secondary schools or vocational schools, and adult education courses for police officers, soldiers, public authority staff or journalists; the development of corresponding teaching materials, products or project days; innovative, original and adventurous project ideas which are sustainable and product or process-oriented.

Country-specific human rights issues and the particular historical contexts in the respective countries are to be taken into account. The majority of funded projects should make a connection to history of National Socialism. Nonetheless, some projects may address other relevant historical topics from the 20th century. Applications must make clear the need for and necessity of the project, concrete project activities, learning processes and methodical-didactic approaches. Projects that contribute to fighting anti-Semitism are particularly welcome. All projects are required to maintain high standards of quality. In 2011/2012, projects in Germany can only be funded in exceptional cases. The project results must be presented in an international context. Project examples can be found online under funded projects.

  • Who is eligible for funding?

Experienced educational institutions in the fields of history and/or human rights education from the following countries can apply for funding: Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Israel and Germany. Applicants must already operate in the field of historical learning or human rights education and be interested in long-term expansion of their regular education programmes. They are to support the educational work out of their own resources and must have solid experience in the field of history or human rights education. Furthermore, they are to make use of the project results, including after the completion of the project, integrate them in their educational work and make them available to other educational service providers. National as well as international projects are eligible for funding.

  • What will not be funded?

Academic research or publications
Expert conferences or symposia
International youth exchanges
Educational trips

  • Amount of funding

It is planned to make EUR 350,000 available in 2011 in order to fund 8-10 projects. Support will be provided for personnel and non-personnel costs. Applicants are expected to furnish appropriate funding of their own and to seek funding from third parties. The duration of the project may exceed one year.

  • Application and Deadlines

Applications may be submitted until 31 August 2011. The application form can be downloaded from the Internet at (Funding programme “Teaching Human Rights”). Applications may be submitted by email (with scanned signature).

The applications will be submitted in October 2011 to an independent expert jury for comparative assessment. On the basis of the jury recommendations, representatives of the selected projects will be invited to attend a project workshop in Berlin from 28/11 – 01/12/2011. Then the indicated candidates are to revise and resubmit their application, which must bear an original and legally binding signature, to the Foundation together with the necessary documentation on the legal status of the organisation. The Board of Directors of the Foundation will decide which projects will be funded. Projects will be able to commence at the beginning of 2012 or thereafter.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

The EWC Statement Series – first issue is available now!

This is the first issue of the EWC Statement Series, a collection of expert statements, which have been regularly published since the beginning of 2010, on the EWC homepage. Scholars and other education professionals have been invited to publish their views on current research and scholarly debates in the field of Education for Human Rights (HRE), Democratic Citizenship (EDC) and Intercultural Understanding (ICE).

With this statement series, the EWC wants to make the results of theoretical debates and empirical studies available for non-academics and invite them to actively make use of them. Facilitating access to research is an important part of the EWCs mandate and mirrored in several of our activities.

The EWC Statement Series challenges notions of excellence and expertise as reserved to a small elite and linked to highly ritualized and restricted rules of access. It opts for the dynamic and transparent nature of knowledge development by inviting experts - not in order to come up with compressed versions of research findings but with a description of relevant academic positions reflecting ongoing debates and developments in the field of EDC, HRE, ICE.

The contributions in this series show the relevance of theoretical and empirical input for the development within the field which links policy making, societal change, the professional development of educators, and the way in which future generations will be prepared to live together as equals in open and diverse societies. We wish for these statements to give educators impulses for the reflection and development of their own professional practice.

Download the EWC Statement Series, First Issue 2011

Friday, 8 April 2011

Dictatorships of the 20th Century and their Representations in Schoolbooks: Symposion in Berlin, May 26-28

International experts in the field of school education, historians and other interested educators from European countries are invited to a symposium to discuss changes in perceptions of dictatorships of the 20th century and their representations in schoolbooks. The reflections of the dictatorships have become apparent over the last two decades and found their way into school curricula and educational supplies for students. In this respect the year 1989 is viewed as a turning point in shaping perceptions about the 20th century dictatorships and their representations, which the symposium aims to discuss.

The symposium presents an excellent opportunity for an international group of 60 teachers and facilitators from historical societies and unions, publishers of schoolbooks and representatives of institutions dealing with historical and political education, as well as other pedagogues and researchers (particularly those concerned with schoolbook studies) and individual members of communities to explore the issue in a practical and comprehensive way.

The symposium will take place from May 26, 2011 to May 28, 2011 in Berlin and Teltow, Germany. It is supported by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” and the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship.

At the symposium simultaneous interpretation will be provided in both English and German. To learn more, please find enclosed the current programme or visit our website

We're looking forward to your applications until April 17, 2011.

Patricia Krolik