Friday, 30 September 2011

Letter from the Chair

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

To make education for democratic citizenship (EDC) and human rights education (HRE) visible in Europe, DARE is currently busy preparing the next edition of EDC/HRE Action Days. DARE traditionally organises the Action Days during the six weeks leading to Human Rights Day (10 December). The Action Days are a powerful tool to communicate the work done in EDC/HRE all over Europe. So don't forget to submit the Action Days 2011 Activity Form. You can do so online.

Next month the DARE e-Academy will be launched. DARE's e-learning platform will offer members and other actors involved in EDC and HRE in Europe many professional development opportunities, including participation in refresher courses on a range of human rights topics. Please look for the announcement in your mailbox in the next weeks to come.

Preparations are also in full gear for DARE's General Assembly, which will take place in Warsaw on 19 November. Main items on the agenda are elections for a new Board and the financial future of DARE. I extend a heartfelt invitation to all members to join us in Warsaw. The General Assembly is preceded by our annual conference, this year co-organised with the Network Citizenship Education (NECE). The conference theme is "Closing the Empowerment Gap through Citizenship Education: How to address educationally disadvantaged groups" and has promising speakers and workshops. More information about the conference can be found in this issue of e-DARE.

Wishing you a splendid Autumn and I look forward to seeing many of you in Warsaw in November,

Frank Elbers

Thursday, 29 September 2011

EVENT: GRAMNet Film Series

GRAMNet Film Series 2011/12

GRAMNet, BEMIS & Glasgow Human Rights Network

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the GRAMNet Film Series for 2011/12 !!

Please download our brochure for screening information: 2011/12 GRAMNet film series brochure.

Our first screening is on Wednesday 12 Oct 2011 at 5.30pm in the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) :

Tawona’s Story (2010) in observance of International Day Of Non-Violence & Black History Month

Tawona’s Story is screened free thanks to Director Gameli Tordzro.

The series is organised in partnership between GRAMNet (Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network) and BEMIS (Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland), with the support of the newly established Glasgow Human Rights Network (GHRN).  This year we will showcase films and documentaries addressing a whole range of migration-related issues including: journeys and narratives; asylum and immigration bureaucracies; recognition and social justice; deportation and humiliation; separation and reunion.

The ethos underpinning the 2011/12 film series is ‘Think Global, Act Local’, through which we wish to promote active citizenship and human rights education. Screenings are accompanied by forums and Q&A for everyone to share views and thoughts in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The audience is warmly invited to congregate in the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Café following each screening to continue our informal discussions.

Screenings are free of charge, open to all & start at 5.30pm
Should you wish to reserve a ticket for any of the screenings, please contact the CCA.

For more info, see the GRAMNet Film Series website or BEMIS:

Rami Ousta, BEMIS (UK)

Monday, 26 September 2011

Human Rights Education Guidelines for Secondary School Systems Under Development

A Human Rights Education Guidelines process is underway for the elaboration of principles of practice in relation to carrying out human rights education (HRE) in secondary schools. Guidelines are also under development for human rights education and training of law enforcement officials, civil servants and human rights activists.

The HRE Guidelines initiative is supported by the OSCE/ODIHR and follows-up on a consultative workshop that took place in Istanbul on 16-17 September 2010 called “Moving Towards HRE Standards”. These guidelines are anticipated to be released in December 2011, when the UN General Assembly is expected to pass the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. The Guidelines will be announced on HREA’s Global HRE listserv and posted on the OSCE/ODIHR website.

These HRE Guidelines for Secondary School Systems are being elaborated in consultation both with existing key policy and resource documents promulgated by the UN, regional human rights bodies and other agencies as well as in close consultation with practitioners with long-standing experience in this field.

The Guidelines are organized according to six main areas:

1. Overall Processes and Goals focusing on the Human Rights-Based Approach and how to implement it

2. Core Competencies identifying the key learner outcomes that illustrate the essential capabilities a police recruit has to develop to be able to comply with human rights obligations when performing their duty

3. Curricula developing educational and training programs for all learning activities, formal and non-formal

4. Teaching/Training and Learning Processes ensuring these are learner-centered (relating human rights to trainees’ real-life experience), participatory and inclusive and taking place in a human rights-respecting learning environment.

5. Evaluation of Outcomes using appropriate methods to evaluate educational program results

6. Training, Professional Development and Support warranting that educational personnel receive regular in-service training and support.

Felisa Tibbitts

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Launch of European Partnership on Overcoming Group-Focused Hostility

Six European NGOs have just started networking on the topic:„Adult Education Strategies to Overcome Group-Focused Hostility in Europe”. In the framework of an EU Grundtvig project, the partners will exchange best practices, discuss national particularities of educational strategies to tackle group-focused hostility and identify common all-European approaches.

Read about the background of the term and concept "group-focused hostility"

Throughout 2011-2013, the partners will host a series of expert meetings in Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain and Slovenia. If you are interested in contributing to these meetings, please get in touch!

Check the project blog for news and updates

Check the agenda of the launching meeting on Nov 4, 2011, in Berlin

The partnership aims at exchanging European adult education strategies to overcome group-focused hostility and right-wing extremist attitudes. Over a period of two years, six partner organisations from six different European countries visit each other and exchange best practices in adult education to work against group-focused hostility and right-wing extremist attitudes (racism, anti-immigrant attitudes, antisemitism, islamophobia, anticiganism, homophobia, etc.).

The partners will reflect about the political, economical and social contexts of group-focused hostility in the respective countries, and about common core elements of devaluating "weak" groups in European societies. Most importantly, elements of successful adult education practices in the field will be identified and the potential for European transfer will be explored.

The partnership will enable the participating organisations to reflect and transfer best practices as well as to develop a common European perspective on the topic. As a result of the partnership, a success-story booklet presenting transferable educational approaches from all over Europe will be published for further use as a European learning resource in this field.

Project Background:
Negative attitudes towards disadvantaged societal groups in particular, and towards diversity in general, are a barrier to integration and social cohesion. With the Amsterdam Treaty in 1997 the European Union agreed on joint action against prejudice and discrimination towards several target groups.

Since then, a lot of work has been done to collect evidence, monitor certain group-focused hostile "-isms" and provide recommendations for policy makers and practictioners. Still, NGOs delivering non-formal, low-threshold adult education in this field tend to work in isolation, and with limited access to cross-border cooperation. This project will allow the partners to exchange and develop adult education practices focused on reality-based intergroup experiences instead of stereotype-based perceptions.

Bulgaria: Minority Studies Society Studii Romani
Germany: Humanity in Action Deutschland e.V.
Hungary: Jachad Jewish Youth Organisation
Poland: Edith Stein Society
Slovenia: Center for Citizenship Education
Spain: Union Romani

The project „Adult Education Strategies to Overcome Group-Focused Hostility in Europe ”, German Project Code.: 2011-1-DE2-GRU06-07815 1, is funded with support from the European Commission.

Launch of European Partnership on Law-Related Education

Seven European NGOs have just started networking on the topic:„Demanding Fundamental Rights: Law-Related Education in Adult Learning”. In the framework of an EU Grundtvig project, the partners will exchange best practices, discuss national particularities of law-related education and identify common all-European approaches

The project aims to increase the legal literacy of adult learners as a core social and civic skill, and improve the quality and accessibility of law-related education.

Throughout 2011-2013, the partners will host a series of expert meetings in Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Poland and the UK. If you are interested in contributing to these meetings, please get in touch!

Check the project blog for news and updates!

See the agenda of the launching meeting on Nov 11, 2011 in Berlin

Law-related education aims to improve the ability of adult learners to understand and apply elements of law that affect everyday life as well as raising awareness of fundamental rights as core social and civic entitlements. Knowledge of rights and legal issues empowers individuals and communities to participate in the democratic process, get access to public services and demand their fundamental rights. Moreover, law-related education programmes have a strong potential to re-engage adults in education by enabling them to take more control over their lives and their careers.

Recent European research in the field of law-related education and wider access to justice issues has highlighted significant gaps in the ability of Europeans to understand their rights and the processes they can access to gain redress. Low levels of knowledge, skills and confidence in dealing with law-related issues have a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged groups and can result in entrenched social exclusion and increased risk of rights violations and discrimination.

The project aims to:
a) increase the "legal literacy" (the knowledge of rights and legal issues) of adult learners as a core social and civic skill, and
b) improve the quality and accessability of our adult education activities in the field of law-related education.
The partners also seek to improve cooperation across the EU to improve the ability of organisations to tackle rights-based cross-border issues which affect the ability of Europeans to participate in democratic processes and become involved in the decisions that affect them.

Denmark: Center for Positive Integration
Germany: Humanity in Action Deutschland e.V.
Greece: OLKE Gay and Lesbian Community of Greece
Hungary: NANE Women's Rights Association
Iceland: Icelandic Human Rights Centre
Poland: Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
UK: Public Legal Education Network, now: Law for Life

The project „Demanding Fundamental Rights: Law-Related Education in Adult Learning”, German Project Code.: 2011-1-DE2-GRU06-07818 1, is funded with support from the European Commission.

From Learner to Educator: Mentoring Success Story Booklet for Download!

Six European NGOs cooperated 2009-2011 in the Grundtvig partnership project "Mentor Development Programmes: Transforming learners into educators supported by e-communication tools”.

All partner organisations use mentoring programmes as a tool to increase learner participation and sustain the impact of adult education. They exchanged national particularities of mentoring programmes as well as common all-European approaches, and identified successful core elements of the learner-educator transformation which could be transferred and implemented at home. The partners also learned about e-tools to support mentoring programmes and make them more accessible to learners with special needs. These e-tools included online learning platforms, web conferences, blogs, online survey tools etc.

The work progress was accompanied by the compilation of “mentor success stories” showcasing the learner-educator transformation in individual cases. The success stories were written by adult learners actively involved throughout the project lifetime. They will hopefully inspire more learners to become mentors and more adult education organisations to explore the full potential of mentoring programmes.

Click here to read the project report and download the booklet "Transforming Learners into Educators: Mentor Development Success Stories"

Click here to see the project featured in the database "European Shared Treasure"

Click here to read the project blog

Partner Organisations
Association of Disabled Women ONE.PL
Passeport Avenir
Foundation Critical Mass
Humanity in Action Deutschland e.V.
Humanity in Action France
Network Migration in Europe

The project "Mentor Development Programmes: Transforming learners into educators supported by e-communcation tools”, German Project No.: 2009-1-DE2-GRU06-018171, has been funded with support from the European Commission.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

ECRI launches guidelines for governments to combat anti-Gypsyism

Strasbourg, 19.09.2011 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today issued guidelines to the Council of Europe’s 47 member countries to fight a rising tide of anti-Gypsyism and discrimination against Roma.

The guidelines – contained in its thirteenth General Policy Recommendation – call for action to stop the segregation of Roma children at schools and integrate them with pupils from the majority population, to provide access to decent housing that is not segregated, to ensure that Roma are not evicted without notice or opportunity for rehousing, and for steps to be taken to legalise long-standing Roma sites built in breach of town planning regulations

It calls for Roma to have secure access to quality health care and for segregation in hospitals to end, and says discrimination in the health sector must be prosecuted and punished. There should be no obstacles to Roma exercising traditional trades, and Roma should be consulted to find alternatives, for instance through micro-loans or tax breaks. All Roma children should be registered at birth and given identity documents.

Governments should encourage Roma victims of violence and crime – including misconduct by the police - to lodge complaints. The media should avoid inflammatory reporting and all public discourse inciting discrimination, hatred or violence against Roma should be condemned.

The guidelines also urge equal provision in public services such as water, sanitation, electricity, refuse removal and transport for Roma communities concentrated in certain neighbourhoods. It asks governments to ensure freedom of movement legislation does not discriminate against the Roma and that their culture is protected and promoted amongst the majority population.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language, as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11

Monday, 19 September 2011

New ressource: animated video about Human Rights

As part of a Web 2.0 project for citizenship education, the german non-profit organisation / e.V. and released an animated video about Human Rights. Currently there are german, english, spanish and french versions- an arabic version and a version with chinese subtitles are coming soon. All clips are accessible on our YouTube channel ( .The clips are licensed as Creative Commons and can be used, shared and embedded. The clips are perfect information tool that give you in 8.40 minutes a in depth overview about HR, HR mechanisms, and the institutional framework built around HR as well as introduces current discussions and challenges around HR issues. It can be easily used as an e-tool to prepare groups for HR issues, but could also be used in combination with other useful tools like for example DARE´s coming e-Academy.

For more information about the project, please visit:
or directly contact the project manager Jan Künzl, Project Manager WissensWerte, Gaudystr. 2
10437 Berlin/Germany,

EDC/HRE Action Days 2011 - e-form online

The EDC/HRE Action Days 2011 are just a few steps ahead! The EDC/HRE Action Days 2011 offer a wonderful opportunity to promote your EDC/HRE work on European level and foster European collaboration in the field of EDC/HRE. You can easily submit your activities  via our new developed e-form on:

Please spread and distribute this call among your national and local partner organisations!
more info: Georg Pirker (;

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

VIS Training for trainers, teachers and educators on human rights education

50 teachers, educators, trainers from Central Italy Regions will have the opportunity to take part in the "Training for trainers, teachers and educators on human rights education" aimed at promoting an universal culture of human rights, developing the skills and competence of teachers, educators and trainers working with young people and to enable them to act as human rights defenders according to a preventive approach to human rights.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon the central concepts of human rights education though experiential learning approaches

When? 5-6 November 2011/ 25-26 February 2012/ 13-13 May 2012

Where? Rome, Italy

For further information please contact:

Gabriella Patriziano
VIS Human Rights Office

VIS – Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

126, via Appia Antica 00179, Rome (Italy)

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Youth Participation in Human Rights Education as a Means for Enhancing Social Inclusion - Study Session, Budapest, 30 October-6 November 2011)

Youth Participation in Human Rights Education as a Means for Enhancing Social Inclusion
Study Session
October 30 – November 6, 2011
Budapest, Hungary


The Human RightS Initiative (HRSI) at Central European University (CEU) is pleased to invite you to apply for participation in our Study Session Youth Participation in Human Rights Education as a Means for Enhancing Social Inclusion organized in cooperation with the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sports. This is the 5th study session organized by HRSI since its foundation in 1999.


The purpose of the study session is to to equip young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote human rights through peer education. The study session will focus directly on methodologies of human rights education. An emphasis will be placed on peer learning of/amongst young people, youth participation will be addressed and encouraged. Additionally, there will be a focus on human rights education amongst young people living in social exclusion. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss their organizations and experiences, as well as plans for future cooperation with one another in the field of human rights education with young people.


- Allow participants to recognize what human rights are, and how they can be enjoyed, protected and ensured;
- Provide participants with the means/channels for action that young people can take when human rights are violated and they seek redress;
- Give participants the opportunity to study the methodology behind human rights education and street law(1) through non-formal education;
- Together with the participants, identify potential challenges and locate means to overcome these obstacles for the social inclusion of young people in human rights education;
- Strategize how to augment youth participation particularly focusing on peer learning in human rights education.

(1) Street law is a method of human rights education which makes human rights law more accessible and comprehensible to everyone, primarily youth.


We are looking for 30 people who:

- age between 21-30 years old;
- are already involved and active in youth work on a local, national or international level to participate in the study session;
- reside in a member state of the Council of Europe.

Priority will be given to participants who

- have experience in the fields of: youth work, human rights education, social inclusion, social work, - intercultural learning and/or cultural diversity;
- are currently active in an organization, program or project in the above fields;
- are committed to multiply the outcomes of the study session in their own work


Where: The European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary.

When: 30 October–6 November 2011 in Budapest (Arrival on October 30th, 2011 and departure on November 6, 2011)

Language: The working language of the study session will be English. At least intermediate level of English is expected.

Deadline for application: SEPTEMBER 20, 2010.

Reimbursement of Participants’ Travel and Visa Costs

Travel expenses (the cheapest route possible only) and visa costs are reimbursed by the Council of Europe, Directorate of Youth and Sport. Participants will be reimbursed on the basis of the least expensive route between their places of residence. In order to be reimbursed, you are requested to present originals of all the receipts/invoices for travel and visa costs as well as all the tickets and boarding passes. Electronic tickets will only be considered as acceptable on proof of payment and on presentation of the boarding pass for the outward journey Reimbursement takes place in Euros at the European Youth Center Budapest. Reimbursement to participants is normally made at the end of a session. The Directorate of Youth and Sport will not reimburse insurance expenses. The participants should be present for the entire session. Participants attending less than 80% of the total duration of the session will not be reimbursed.

Participation fee

The participation fee for the study session is 50 EUR per person. This amount will be deducted from the amount reimbursed from the travel expenses.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation and meals are provided by the European Youth Centre at the expenses of the Directorate of Youth and Sport, Council of Europe.

For more information on how to apply see

Call for proposals for the Human Rights in Education Symposium, Strasbourg, 24-25 November 2011

The Symposium "Human Rights in Education" will be organised by the Directorate of Education and Languages in cooperation with the Division of Communication of the European Court of Human Rights, on 24-25 November 2011 in Strasbourg.

You are invited to carefully read the information about the Symposium and forward it to any persons/institutions you know of and who might be interested in submitting a session proposal to the Symposium. The announcement for submitting proposals and case studies for the themes of the symposium we are planning to organise is now on line on the following adress: