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.