Saturday, 30 March 2013

8e session internationale de formation à l'EPU du Conseil des droits de l’homme pour les acteurs de l'éducation et de la société civile/8th International Training Session on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

8e session internationale de formation à l'EPU du Conseil des droits de l’homme pour les acteurs de l'éducation et de la société civile

Le CIFEDHOP organisera à Genève, du 16 au 22 octobre 2013, la 8ème Session internationale de formation à l’Examen périodique universel (EPU) du Conseil des droits de l’homme pour les acteurs de l’éducation et de la société civile. Cette formation est prioritairement destinée aux enseignants/éducateurs/chercheurs et ONG actifs dans le domaine de
l’éducation aux droits humains.

Plus d'information (Objectifs et suivi, Programme, Formulaire d'inscription) est disponible à :


8th International Training Session on the Universal Periodic Review

CIFEDHOP will be holding in Geneva, from October 16th to October 22th 2013, its 8th International Training Session on the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for educational and civil society organisations. This training session is mainly organised for teachers, educators, researchers, and NGO involved in human rights education.

Further information (Objectives, Program, Enrolment Form) can be found at:

Friday, 29 March 2013

Training Courses in Florence

It is now possible to enrol in the 2013 editions of the courses Pixel organises. The deadline for sending the grant application to the National Agencies is 30 April 2013.

1. European Project Planning (to be held in Florence: Edition 33 from 20 to 25 May 2013; Edition 34 from 30 September to 5 October 2013).The course will provide participants with the skills for successfully accessing European funds in the field of education, training and culture

2. European Project Management (to be held in Florence from 4 to 9 November 2013). The course will provide participants with the skills for successfully managing European funds in the field of education, training and culture

3. European Projects for Schools (to be held in Florence from 6 to 11 May 2013). The course is addressed to schools teachers and staff who wish to acquire the skills for successfully accessing and managing European projects in the field of education.

4. Edutainment: Videogames and Media for Education (to be held in Florence from 25 to 30 November 2013). The course is addressed to teachers who wish to acquire the skills for using Videogames and Multimedia for educational purposes

5. Media Education for teaching and learning (to be held in Florence from 21 to 26 October 2013). The course is addressed to teachers who wish to acquire the skills for using new media for educational purposes

The participation to the in-service training courses can be fully funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme.

The courses are included in the Grundtvig/Comenius database

Therefore those who wish to participate can obtain a training grant to cover both the course fee and accommodation and subsistence costs (in the Database course codes are: European Projects for Education: IT-2013-860-001; Edutainment: IT-2013-861-001; Media Education: IT-2013-859-001; European Project Planning: IT-2013-855-003; European Project Management: IT-2013-854-001).

For more information about the courses please visit and or write an e-mail to:

Thursday, 28 March 2013

DARE again selected as best practice for LLL- networks

In its third year without financial support from the European Union DARE has been selected by the E.N.T.E.R. - initiative(European Network for Transfer and Exploitation of EU Project Results)  as a role model for successful and sustainable EU funded projects that target on the development of Active European Citizenship.
Therefore board member Tanveer Parnez is invited to give a presentation at the YOUROPA Conference 2013, that is going to happen on 26-27 June 2013 in London, UK.

The conference will last for two days and has different thematic areas:
  • Presentations and plenary discussions spotting the issue of AEC in Europe from different perspectives and angles
  • Different workshops and interactive sessions to discuss and work on different aspects which are important for the further development of AEC in Europe
  • The YOURopa Project Fair will accompany the whole conference where the 30 selected projects will be presented, and where other organisations can showcase their activities in the field of AEC and introduce their work.
  • Networking opportunities for all participants from different sectors of AEC
more on the Youropa project you can find on 

UN HR Council resolution on “Education as a tool to prevent racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance"

The UN Human Rights Council at its 22nd session in Geneva (25 February - 22 March) adopted a number of resolutions.

Amongst those resolutions and in my view, the resolution on “Education as a tool to prevent racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” is noteworthy and relevant to human rights education. It was adopted on 22 March by vote under Agenda Item 9: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance - follow-up to and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

The resolution text had been prepared by Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Portugal, Romania, Mozambique, and prior to the day of adoption, a couple of informal and intergovernmental meetings were held for consultation on its text.

On 22 March, Brazil stated in its statement introducing the draft resolution that more than 100 Member States including all Member States of the African Group co-sponsored the draft resolution for its adoption. The amendment of some paragraphs of the text was also announced at the same time.

The United Sates expressed its general comment before the adoption and called for a vote, and it voted for abstention. As a result of the vote, the resolution was adopted by 46 in favour; 0 against; and 1 abstention.

In its general comment prior to the adoption, the United States expressed its commitment and efforts to fight racism and racial discrimination and explained its vote before the vote as follows (main points):

“The United States strongly supports the goal of this resolution introduced by Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and other core-group members, promoting education as a way to eliminate racism and racial discrimination. The United States is committed to working with our global partners, both bilaterally and multilaterally in the fight against racism and racial discrimination, including through education. (…) the resolution focuses heavily on the DDPA (2001 Durban Declaration and Program of Action), unnecessarily and excessively preserving and reiterating its language. Our objections to the Durban process and resulting outcome documents are well known. It is unnecessary and inappropriate for this resolution to commemorate or entrench statements made in the DDPA adapted more than ten years ago. Instead, it should focus states on the real world challenges with respect to combating racism and racial discrimination, including through education. For these reasons the United States must call a vote and abstain on this resolution.”

Therefore, it is critically important to recognise that achieving “the goal of the resolution” itself was unanimously agreed upon by all Member States of the Council including the United States.

The resolution refers to human rights education in the following context which is also based on the language of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

- The Council reaffirms in a preamble paragraph of the resolution that the human right of everyone to education is enshrined in a number of international instruments including the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.

- The Council also acknowledges that in particular human rights education is key to changing attitudes and behaviour based on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and to promoting tolerance and respect for diversity in societies, and affirms that such education is a determining factor in the promotion, dissemination and protection of the democratic values of justice and equity, which are essential to prevent and combat the spread of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

- In operative paragraph 4 of the resolution, the Council welcomes the catalytic role that non-governmental organizations play in promoting human rights education and raising awareness about racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.


In light of this resolution, and with reflection upon the benefit of human rights education and training, those who are engaging in human rights education and training in particular should be aware that the year 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD, adopted by General Assembly resolution 2106 (XX) of 21 December 1965).

We often hear that human rights education is a sustainable approach to human rights issues as it deals with “root causes” of human rights violations and abuses and is for the prevention and elimination of all forms of discrimination. This resolution should be implemented.

I hope that this information is useful for your respective activities of human rights education and training.

Thank you very much for your kind attention.

Kazunari Fujii
Director, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) UN Liaison Office
Geneva, Switzerland
Chair, NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning, Geneva 

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Recommendations from the DARE network for the third Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education

The DARE network welcomes the consultation initiative launched by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the third phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.

DARE and its 53 member organizations in Europe have accompanied the implementation of Phase one and two with active contributions from Civil Society Organizations. DARE network recommends the following target sectors and focus areas for the third phase of implementation.

Target Sectors for the 3rd PHASE of the WPHRE:

DARE recommends to focus with the third phase of the program on 1) adult learners and adult learning providers and 2) Youth Organizations and NGO´s as providers of non-formal education.

Human Rights Education affects all members in societies. It relates to how every member of societies including their most most vulnerable groups interact. In order to live according to HR principles there needs to be broad opportunities for adult learners and young people to gain knowledge and experience by practical training and experiential learning of HR in practice. Non formal education is the most promising field when it comes to the question of changing behavior/habits and mindsets and creating sustainable learning outcomes.
If HR is so important that there is a World Program for it, then the UN should devote this program to the broad public of learners and not to restrict the access. It would be of a strong signal from level of the UN to address the 3rd phase of the program to the people and learners and not to restrict access to self- reproducing elite groups, with self reproducing teaching programs.
DARE has no doubts that HR requires know how from the side of governmental and state bodies including civil servants, formal and higher education. Nevertheless DARE sees a crucial point to concentrate on a broader approach, as the experience shows that the emancipatory power of HR is with the groups that need support to claim their rights.

Human Rights Education is the basic tool required to create a culture shift towards a society that understands, respect and advocates for human rights at local national and international levels, human rights education is especially needed in times of austerity where people need to be educated to adopt different and innovative ways to deal with the effects of the multiple crisis.
HRE is the advancement of lifelong learning which goes beyond the classroom learning into policy development, service provision and civil society; leading ultimately to a cultural shift in approaching equality and social justice and enhanced engagement with human rights, it is important to know that while we have rights we have responsibilities both at a constitutional and civil society level.

Focus Areas:
The DARE network suggests as focus areas for the third Phase of the WPHRE antidiscrimination, migration and asylum issues, the development of citizenship skills and of key competencies.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

21 March; International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination The charter for political parties for a non-racist society: a message for elections

Joint PRESS RELEASE European Network Against Racism and UNITED for Intercultural Action

On the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, ENAR and UNITED for Intercultural Action call upon political parties across Europe to re-affirm the principles of the Charter for political parties for a non-racist society and to speak clearly against racism and other forms of discrimination against minorities.

We call upon the EU Member State governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission to organize an event preceding the EU elections on what strategies and policies are needed to assure everyone’s rightful position in the EU. We have dreams to make true. We also have nightmares to prevent.

Indeed, although the apartheid system no longer exists today, racism has far from disappeared. And nationalist and populist tendencies have been increasing (again) in the last decade.

In light of the economic crisis we are facing, populist remarks may seem insignificant. But racism and open hostility towards minorities (of any kind) are assured companions of social tensions. We are in a time of great social tensions. Already we are seeing the effects in some EU Member States, where there is open violence by some political parties against migrants.

This is so strongly felt that only a few weeks ago, Mr Juncker, former chair of the Euro Group, warned against nationalistic tendencies, linking them to even greater dangers. He echoed the words of Mr Van Rompuy who issued the same message two years earlier.

Next year, elections campaigns will be launched for a new European Parliament. Some political parties and movements are already using anti-European feelings and nationalist feelings to gain support. This is why it is essential that all political parties take a strong and courageous stance against racism and discrimination and for equality for all people living in Europe.

Notes to the editor
On 21 March 1960, 69 demonstrators against apartheid were shot in South Africa. Six years later the UN declared this day as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Since then, on 21 March there are anti-racist activities all over the world.

During the European Action Week Against Racism more than 100.000 people take part in over 1.500 events in 48 European countries. More info: -

As part of the 2013 campaign Mayors in European Cities such as Barcelona, Bern, Dublin, Warsaw, Bilbao, Toulouse, Lisbon, Patras, Örkelljunga, Reggio Emilia, Amsterdam, Pécs, Setúbal, Subotica and Botkyrka took a stand against racism.

For further information, contact:
The European Network Against Racism (ENAR aisbl) stands up against racism and discrimination and advocates for equality and solidarity for all in Europe. We connect local and national anti-racist NGOs throughout Europe and voice the concerns of ethnic and religious minorities in European and national policy debates.
Georgina Siklossy, Communication and Press Officer ENAR
Tel: +32 (0)2 229 35 77 - Mobile: +32 (0)473 490 531 - Email: - Web:

UNITED for Intercultural Action links more than 550 organisations from a wide variety of backgrounds in 48 European countries. They base their cooperation on common actions, shared activities and on mutual respect.
We believe that racism can only be combated by unity. Who says we don't fit together? Value Diversity!
Ralph du Long, Spokesperson UNITED - Mobile +31-6-39147976
Tel: +31-20-6834778 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Seminar: Sexual and gender identity in Europe as a topic in adult education - 29/09-05/10/2013, Akademie Waldschlösschen/Germany

While studying and working in the fields of adult education a professional reflection and confrontation with sexual and gender identities is rather rare. Against this background this seminar will explore and train options to a non-heteronormative, emancipatory adult education.
 We will face the question to what extent it will be possible and where, when and how we can provide space to lesbian, gay and transsexual topics and lifestyles. So that an emancipatory inclusion can become an initiative within political adult education and be part of the skills of individual professionals.
The seminar is aimed at people who work in adult education or prepare for it (ie adult education students, trainees in educational occupations etc.) and who are interested in the topic ...
 - because they work with Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transsexual/Transgender/Intersexual - LGBT*I "target groups" 
 - because they deal with the issue in other ways in their work
 - because they want to reflect heteronormative routines and related exclusions in their practice 
 and / or
 - because they want to reflect their own professional role / positioning as a lesbian, gay, trans* person in the context of adult education.

The training promises to be a unique experience for all participants – reflecting their gender and sexual biographies, getting to know gender theories and historical facts on social movements, getting connected with a broader view of emancipative and political adult education.
1) Interested persons should contact the organizer in order to recieve an application form. The deadline will be the 18th of April. 
2) Formal standards for receiving a GRUNDTVIG Grant you find HERE

Note: application deadline at any national agency will be April 30th.

GRUNDTVIG In service Training
Reference Number : DE-2013-1367-001
Further Information: 

29/09/2013 -05/10/2013 
Akademie Waldschloesschen

Contact and information:
Ulli Klaum
Akademie Waldschlösschen
37130 Reinhausen bei Göttingen

Fon +49 5592 / 9277-23
Fax +49 5592 / 9277-77

Monday, 4 March 2013

Manual on Human Rights Education

The third, completely revised, updated and extended edition of the well-known manual on human rights education, Understanding Human Rights, has just been released by the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy - ETC Graz (Austria):
"Its objective is to assist human rights education efforts worldwide. During the past ten years it has become a basic text for human rights education and training in different countries, on different levels and for different audiences, from university lectures in China to NGO training in Mali to police training in Kosovo/a. Its thematic modules on selected human rights issues cover topics like the prohibition of torture and the freedom from poverty, human rights of women and of the child, human rights in armed conflict, freedom of expression and democracy. New to the 3rd English edition are chapters reflecting current trends in human rights, including new modules on privacy (including challenges posed by Internet use), minority rights and the right to asylum." (Barbara Schmiedl)
The manual is available for free download on the website of the ETC at, which also contains a learning platform with additional resources.

Human Rights Guide for SME

The Directorate-General "Enterprise and Industry" of the European Commission has published an introductory guide to human rights for SMEs [pdf, 2 MB] which is consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
"In recent years human rights has become an increasingly important aspect of corporate social responsibility. The European Commission’s new policy on CSR recognises the need for enterprises to integrate human rights concerns in their operations and business strategies." (page "Sustainable and responsible business - Business and human rights")