Friday, 22 November 2013

and the new DARE board is....

These nice people will lead DARE through 2013-2015. The new DARE board:

[from left to right:]
Elena Begant (vice-chair, CDV/Slovenia)
Frank Elbers (chair, HREA/Nederlands)
Lillian Hjorth (secretary, Menneskerretigetsakademie/NOR)
Sulev Valdma (treasurer, Jan Tonissoni Institute/Estonia)

Good luck and congratulations!!

DARE network succesfully held its General Assembly in Rome

From 18-19th November 2013 representatives from the DARE network member organizations met in Rome/Italy to hold the DARE General Assembly.
Among other topics strategies for the future network development were discussed, a new board was elected and DARE´s development during its 10 years of existence was reflected.
more info soon...

Friday, 1 November 2013

UN: Resolution on the Third Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE)

Human Rights Council resolution 24/15 on World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE) was adopted without a vote on 27 September.

The resolution had been drafted by the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training (comprising 7 Member States: Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia and Switzerland), and Costa Rica took the lead on this resolution. On the day when it was adopted, the resolution was cosponsored by 81 Member States.

(1) The focus for the third phase

HRC has determined, by this resolution, the focus for the third phase of the WPHRE.

Operative paragraph 3 of the resolution states that the Human Rights Council “decides to make media professionals and journalists the focus group of the third phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, with a special emphasis on education and training in equality and non-discrimination, with a view to combating stereotypes and violence, fostering respect for diversity, promoting tolerance, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and social inclusion, and raising awareness of the universality, indivisibility and interrelatedness of all human rights among the general public.”

Accordingly, “media professionals and journalists” will be focused during the third phase. The period of the third phase is set for five years from 2015-2019 (para.6).

Three informal consultations on the draft resolution on this subject were held prior to the date of the adoption. NGOs also attended these intergovernmental open meetings. In this intergovernmental consultation process, a strong emphasis was placed on the thematic approach as described in operative paragraph 2 with regard to:

- education and training in equality and non-discrimination;
- combating stereotypes and violence;
- fostering respect for diversity;
- promoting tolerance, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and social inclusion; and
- raising awareness of the universality, indivisibility and interrelatedness of all human rights among the general public.

The importance of this thematic approach, in addition to “media professional and journalists”, was stressed when Costa Rica, on behalf of the Platform Member States, delivered their statement to introduce this draft resolution at the plenary.

During the informal consultations, the Platform Member States referred to the content of the Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, “Views of States, national human rights institutions and other relevant stakeholders on the target sectors, focus areas or thematic human rights issues for the third phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education” (A/HRC/24/24).

The Platform Member States clarified, in response to questions from other Member States, their suggestion of the selected focus for the third phase - (i) The focus of each phase should be as concrete as possible and not to be too wide covering many various sectors at a time; and (ii) “Media” was suggested for the third phase in many views submitted to the OHCHR and reflected in this Report.

(2) Plan of Action for the third phase

Operative paragraph 6 of the resolution states that “the Human Rights Council requests the Office of the High Commissioner to prepare, from within existing resources, a plan of action for the third phase of the World Programme (2015-2019) in consultation with States, relevant intergovernmental organizations, in particular the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, national human rights institutions and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, and to submit the plan of action for consideration by the Human Rights Council at its twenty-seventh session.”

Taking account that the WPHRE is to be implemented in all countries, one challenge for certain stakeholders in a number of countries would be how the plan of action would ensure the independence of media professionals and journalists free from “unreasonable” interference with by State authorities. In this regard, the “consultation process” of drafting the plan of action by OHCHR is expected to be effective to meet the expectation, particularly taking into consideration the views of civil society stakeholders including NGOs and “media professional and journalists themselves”.

The draft plan of action should be ready sometime by the end of summer (possibly around the end of June), presumably in English first so that there would be enough time for translating it into the all United Nations official languages and submit it to the Human Rights Council 27th session (scheduled for 8-26 September, 2014).

(3) First and second phases

Operative paragraph 2 of the resolution states that the Human Rights Council “encourages States and, where appropriate, relevant stakeholders, to, during the third phase of the World Programme, strengthen efforts to advance the implementation of the first and second phases (…).”

This was the point stressed about the first phase when the WPHRE was shifting from its first phase to second.

In the same operative paragraph, several points in this regard are emphasised including “educators in formal and non-formal education and training, in particular those working with children and youth”, etc.

Through the process on this resolution, it was re-confirmed that the efforts for human rights education in all areas and on all sectors must continue and be initiated while each phase of the WPHRE casts a “light” on a specific sector(s) to highlight it in order to pragmatically facilitate national efforts.

The NGO WG on HREL in Geneva will follow up to this and share relevant information with stakeholders.

More information:
Kazunari Fujii
Chair, NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning (NGO WG on HREL)
of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO), Geneva
Director, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) UN Liaison Office
150 Route de Ferney, P.O. Box 2100, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

Manifesto: Building together the Future of Learning - EU Elections 2014

The 2014 European elections will provide the right momentum to think about the future of learning in Europe. The current economic and social crisis gave a new impetus to deeper cooperation in education and training with a high focus on growth and employment while at the same time austerity measures have weakened our educational systems. EUCIS-LLL believes that a sustainable investment should be made in learning as essential for our social model, in line with their prioritization at EU level. Poor access to lifelong learning limits people’s ability to access quality jobs and participate fully in society. We need a vision to ensure our education and training systems deliver better for economic development, social and civic participation, personal fulfilment and well-being. EUCIS-LLL calls MEPs to consider three top priorities and a set of 12 policy recommendations for lifelong learning in its Manifesto "Building together the future of Learning".

The Manifesto will be officially launched and discussed by MEPs during our Lifelong Learning Week 2013 in a roundtable in the European Parliament on 3 December (9h30 - 13h00). See draft programme and register before 25 November here.
I. Ensure Accessible and Quality Learning for All
eucis-lll 1Encourage pedagogic innovation by putting the learner at the centre. Support enhanced learning experiences and new learning solutions such as e-learning, distance learning and open educational resources.
eucis-lll  2Reflect upon quality, tailored-made assessment and evaluation mechanisms that better reflect the competences acquired during the learning process.
eucis-lll 3Advocate to improve teachers, facilitators and trainers’ initial and continuous training as well as their working conditions; offer a better societal recognition of their role, as well as that of other members of the educating community.
eucis-lll 4Support a wider use of European transparency tools and the setting up by 2018 of national validation mechanisms for non-formal and informal learning to foster flexible learning pathways and facilitate access to the labour market.

II. Invest in the Social Dimension of Education and Training
eucis-lll 5Recognize the role played by non-formal and informal learning for active inclusion and social cohesion. Fight against the marginalization of vulnerable groups and promote intercultural dialogue and tolerance.
eucis-lll 6Defend the idea that learning mobility should be the rule and not the exception and ensure every one can access programmes regardless of their socio-economic and cultural background.
eucis-lll 7 Promote the acquisition of basic skills, in particular foreign language skills, as the lack of such skills hinders citizens’ chances of finding a job and participating in society. Refer to the European Key Competences Framework as a basic framework for all educational sectors.
eucis-lll 8Strengthen and coordinate guidance services from the earliest age, as the learner’s compass to find the best tailored-made learning opportunities at all levels (national, regional, EU).

III. Bring the EU Closer to its Citizens

eucis-lll  9Give priority to European civic education to ensure all citizens have a basic understanding about the EU and its common values.
eucis-lll 10Contribute to the debate about the revision of the governance of EU cooperation in Education and Training (ET2020, Open Method of Coordination; European Semester) and strengthen the engagement of civil society.
eucis-lll 11Acknowledge the role played by European organisations in education and training by implementing an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society (article 11 TUE). Set up an Intergroup on Lifelong Learning at the European Parliament.
eucis-lll 12Reinitiate the impulse on the setting up of a European Statute for the European Association, giving institutional recognition to the engagement and to the activism of millions of citizens.

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