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