Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Daniela Kolarova spoke for DARE at the the Coordination Group for the European year for Citizens 2013, within the European Economic and Social Committee

I attended the meeting of the Coordination Group for the European year for Citizens 2013, within the European Economic and Social Committee. Presentations have been given by the President of the Committee, Mr.Gobins; the  Council of Europe Program Coordinator, Mr Jean-Charles de Cordes;The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) representative Mr. Piero Fratini; and the Robert Shuman Foundation, Charles de Marcilly. 
Then I was invited to speak. I talked about the DARE network - who we are and how our unified resources and synchronized actions contribute to the development of the field of EDC/HRE at local, regional and European level.  I talked about the CSOs initiatives across Europe in 2013 and  about the challenges and good practices which CSOs face in their work to promote Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education. 
The committee asked questions and congratulated DARE for our good work! Even the discussion after the presentations was focused on mechanisms and means to make the EU institutions closer to the European people and to the work of CSOs. 
The good news is that since the next year is not announced to be special year on anything it seems that European Year for Citizenship will continue in 2014 as well. Thus extending the opportunity to raise awareness about the need of more Citizenship education in Europe and combating the negative trends (lower funding for the field, split resources and repetitive efforts, skipping Civics in some countries curricula..not to mention the raise of xenophobia and extremism). All these points were well taken and DARE was well presented! 
This committee is summing up its work and still does not know if it will continue next year (TBD) but it seems quite involved in the issues of Citizenship. This week in Vilnius will be the end of the Citizenship year 2013 conference.

learn more: talking points of the presentation


Daniela Kolarova, PhD
Partners Bulgaria Foundation
Jakubitsa 2A, 1164, Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel 00359 888 66 23 01

Partners Bulgaria is a founding member of Partners for Democratic Change International, Rue Belliard 205, Brussels, Belgium, www.pdci-network.org