Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Save the Date! DARE General Assembly 2015 in Oslo/Norway

The DARE General Assembly will happen from 17-19 June 2015 in Oslo/Norway and will be hosted by the Menneskerretighetsakademiet/Human Rights Academy Norway.
besides the GA issues we plan to hold several workshops on such issues as "Preventing radicalization through human rights education?”  and visit the  European Wergeland Centre ( and the Nobel Peace Centre ( For the GA DARE members should be redy to hand in a partnership Decleration in E+ by end of January!

More info soon

IX World Assembly of the International Council for Adult Education, June 11-14, 2015

We are writing to secure your participation and support for the IX World Assembly of the International Council for Adult Education that will take place in Montreal, from June 11 to 14, 2015.  As you know ICAE meets every four years to review the successes and challenges affecting adult learning and education, to share good practice and to identify strategic priorities, locally, regionally and globally for the next four years.  ICAE holds its General Assembly at the end of the World Assembly, at which its Executive is elected, and its strategic priorities are agreed.
The 2015 Assembly meets at a critical time, and we need to secure representation from members across the globe to respond to the challenges we face.  We will meet a month after the World Education Forum in Korea, and three months before the UN agrees new development goals for 2015-2030, including a commitment which we expect to ‘quality, inclusive education and lifelong learning’. 
We also meet at a time when we can see the collective failure to achieve the Education for All goals set in 2000, when hundreds of millions of young people and adults continue to be denied the human right to education.  We will address how best civil society can mobilise locally, nationally and globally, to secure adult learning and education to create the world we want.
More details of the event are attached to this letter.
There are three key ways you can help make the Assembly an exceptional success:
·         Sending   representatives/ delegates from your constituencies.
·         Helping secure globally representative participation in the assembly workshops and panels by funding delegate(s) from member organizations that will otherwise be unable to participate, 
·         Registering an activity in the 2 days program of the World Assembly
Indeed, every contribution will be welcomed and we will assure special visibility to the members that will join us in this endeavor and help us to ensure participation of all the diversity represented by ICAE.    

Do get in touch with us to discuss how you can support the Assembly by contacting
I look forward to seeing you in Montreal, if not before…
Katarina Popovic
ICAE Secretary General


Roads to Democracy. How can History Education pave the Way? Euroclio annual conference 2015 in Denmark

The DARE network is proud to contribute to Euroclios 2015 annual conference!

What does Democracy mean today and what will it mean for those who are now attending schools? When we consider the impact of the near-collapse of Europe’s financial system in recent years, where do we start to teach for democracy? When we consider military interventions, how does Europe’s history reflect on this? When Democracy is more than ‘the vote’, what mindset should students across Europe and beyond develop. How could history contribute to this?

These and more questions on the environment of the history educator in 21st century will be the points to peer-learn on 6 full course days at a Unique International Conference.

Background document, EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2015 (587.53 kB)

Participants of the conference are invited to submit their workshop proposals to EUROCLIO. The authors of the selected workshop proposals will get an opportunity to take an active part in the conference programme and host an interactive workshop and engage other participants in interactive learning which should reflect the aims of the conference. The interested parties should fill out the below form and send to before December 15, 2014.

Form for workshop proposals, EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2015 (114.5 kB)

Please, be advised that submitting the workshop proposal does not guarantee that the proposal will be accepted. The proposals will be subject to the review and selection by the Conference Organising Team.

History, Heritage and Citizenship Educators are encouraged to take part in this unique International Training Course, as it aims to achieve for individuals the following outcomes:
Increased capacity to use and access to innovative history education tools from across Europe with a focus on education for democratic citizenship.
Recognition of developed competences in history education through lifelong learning in the international context.
Increased access and participation in European Community of History Educators.
Improved English-language competence through facilitated and engaged dialogues.
Raised awareness of cultures and identities through reflection on the teaching of history across Europe.
Access to new partnerships, including schools, local, regional, national and international educational authorities and institutes in different fields and sectors.

please note: the registration deadline is January 15th 2015

Thank you for your interest, please feel free to pass this message on to any contacts you feel may be interested in participating in this event.

For queries, contact Aysel Gojayeva (

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Hidden cameras against human rights abuses

In a TED Talk, Oren Yakobovich speaks about his organization, Videre, which helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. Videre uncovers, verifies and publicizes human rights abuses that the world needs to witness:

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The ramparts of Warsaw 1943-44

1st August 1944. Nearly two months after the Allies land in Normandy, the young people of Poland rise up in Warsaw to free themselves from the Nazi yoke. Betrayed by Stalin who is encamped, weapons at hand, on the far bank of the Vistula, the Polish Resistance one of the strongest in Europe with its Home Army the Armia Krajowa faces the world’s most powerful army alone.

This fierce armed, civil, intellectual and moral resistance will leave its mark on the collective Polish conscience and will later influence the form of resistance that the Poles will introduce in the face of Soviet communism. “We must fight, fight in every way we can, but find another way of doing it. No more bloodbaths!” said the leaders of the Warsaw Uprising in their testament.

Three young Europeans, in a role of 'citizens reporters', Alexandra (France), Maria (Poland) and Roman (Germany), meet in Warsaw to enquire into these events; they meet witnesses who took part in the Warsaw Uprising or lived in the ghetto. Beneath their white hair we can recognise the men and women who formed the living ramparts of freedom in the face of Nazism. They were between 12 and 20 years old at the time and their names are Janka, Dora, Bogina, Witold, Krystyna, Jerzy… 

See the full film in 8 languages:

MEDIEL, as a DARE member and European production company, is bringing to you documentary films that can open and produce new understandings to how we live society today. Our focus is to depict the voices of the past, present and future, with the common denominator of openness – consciousness of our beings in the meeting with the other and ourselves. “The ramparts of Warsaw” is a follow up to “Ich Bin” and “the Convoy-Etty hillesum”- 2 films dealing with the memory. 

Friday, 7 November 2014

TACSO: Social Media Video Tutorials

Based on feedback from Civil Society Organisations, TACSO (= Technical Assistance to Civil Society Organisations) created a series of videos in order to familiarise and explain social media to these organisations. The first one is about "Using Facebook for Advocacy":

Thursday, 30 October 2014

New European Commission: "Citizenship" is now placed under "Justice and Home Affairs"

"Last but not least, I have decided to place Citizenship under the responsibility of Dimitris Avramopoulos Commissioner in charge of Migration and Home Affairs – issues, very close to the heart of Europe's citizens – who will work in close cooperation on this matter with Justice and Consumers Commissioner Vera Jourova. I wish at the same time to reiterate my confidence and trust in Tibor Navracsics who performed excellently in his hearing and demonstrated a strong European commitment – which is why you considered him qualified as Commissioner."
(Quote from President-elect Juncker's speech in Strasbourg on Oct 22)

Dimitris Avramopoulos is former Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs as well as Minister for National Defence. He is a member of the conservative, neo-liberal party “New Democracy” Check the full article here - click on the European Website of Integration!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

DARE Workshop at NECE Conference

DARE conducted a workshop at the NECE Conference in Vienna yesterday dealing with the topic "Peace Education and Reconciliation Work as Twin Fields of Citizenship Education". There is a short summary in the NECE Conference Blog:
Conference participants from seven countries and different professional backgrounds joined Ragnar Müller and Borislava Daskalova of DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe) for their workshop this afternoon. The attempt to come up with recommendations as a result of the discussion surely showed: There are no easy answers to complicated questions in citizenship education ...more

Friday, 10 October 2014

Turkey: Judges receive 'supplemary education on human rights' through film screenings

Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s Constitutional Court hosts rights-themed film screenings
ANKARA, October/07/2014

The Constitutional Court has recently started hosting human rights-themed movie screenings in the Turkish capital Ankara, the Hürriyet Daily News has learned.

The screenings, organized every two weeks on Friday afternoons at the Supreme Court hall in the main building of the Court in a southwestern suburb of the city, are open to all professional judges. The screenings are designed to give “supplementary education on human rights” and allow judges to assess the state of human rights in comparative law, as well as to follow the human rights situation in Turkey and the world.

The first screening on June 20 was “Invictus,” the 2009 movie based on the life of Nelson Mandela. Since then, judges’ voluntary attendance of the screenings has reportedly remained high, despite the fact that most of the selected movies are rather long, with some as long as 6-7 hours. An average of 50-60 judges are present for the screenings, which have also included Turkish productions such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.”

The Supreme Council is the name that the Constitutional Court takes when it tries ministers and senior members of the judiciary and the military.

The Constitutional Court has recently disturbed the government with a number of liberal verdicts, including the unblocking of Twitter in April. On Oct. 2, the Court also overturned recent amendments to an Internet law that would have allowed Turkey’s telecommunication authority to block websites swiftly and without a court order, as well as to collect and retain Internet users’ data. The overturning of the amendments came one day after Constitutional Court Head Haşim Kılıç met with a delegation from the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

“Fundamental human rights require fighting for them. Journalists, too, should resist. They shouldn’t surrender,” Kılıç had told the delegation.

A member of the joint press freedom delegation welcomed the Constitutional Court’s efforts to safeguard democratic norms.

“It is clear to me how important the Constitutional Court is in preserving and enhancing free expression in Turkey. It has made important rulings on Twitter and YouTube, in particular, and has tried to train a generation of jurists in the primacy of key rights and international norms,” David Schlesinger, former editor-in-chief of Reuters and a member of the CPJ Board, told the Hürriyet Daily News.


Inserom project -- improving the knowledge of Roma people of their civic and social rights

In everyday life, whether in the media, in social relations, in political speeches, we can see that Roma are often victims of violence and various discriminations: their access to health services, education, employment, housing, etc., is limited. Roma themselves are frequently not aware of their rights and this lack of knowledge has negative consequences for that population.

Given this situation, the Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) has, since January 2013, carried out the Inserom project with the aim to improve the knowledge of Roma people of their civic and social rights. To do this, we worked in collaboration with four European partners: the Human Rights League (France), the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA) in Spain, Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure (Bemis) in Scotland, the Czech Helsinki Committee (CHC) in the Czech Republic.

A toolkit was developed during this project, that AEDH is pleased to offer you. Consisting in two tools, this kit aims to give keys to intermediaries, volunteers or professionals who work with Roma communities, in order to enable them to access their rights.

The Reference book provides information on the legislative framework about the rights of the Roma people in Europe. This information is available and specific for each partner country - UK, France, Czech Republic and Spain - and is based on field experience of the partners with the Roma communities.

The trainer's guide is intended for trainers, activists and professionals working with Roma populations, in order to support their work and facilitate the access to the information. It should allow to design and implement a training program in relation with the Reference book. It will be helpful for those involved with Roma communities and for Roma themselves.

These tools are also available on the website, in French, English, Spanish and Czech.

We invite you to discover the toolkit and to share it with those you believe might be interested in it. Indeed, we hope these two guides will be used by many in order to make the Roma people more aware of their civil and political rights.

Yours faithfully,
Camille Gilissen
Project Officer / Chargée de projets
Association Européenne pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme
European Association for the Defence of Human Rights
Rue de la Caserne, 33
1000 Brussels
phone: +32(0)25112100
fax: +32(0)25113200
Have a look:
Roma persons have rights-
Visit our INSEROM project website:

Thursday, 2 October 2014

DARE e-academy: Transformative education for Global Citizenship, CHallenges and opportunities of Monitoring, Tuesday 7th October 1-2 pm

 We would like to invite you to the next e-academy on the issue:
Transformative Education for Global Citizenship, Challenges and Opportunities of Monitoring (Expert: Ms Amy Skinner, DEEEP 4 Researcher at Concorde europe).

The e-academy asks for your expert opinion on the topic of educational impact assessment vs process focused learning assessment, for your expertise on education for global citizenship and different monitoring and measuring mechanisms.

The e-academy will be arranged on Tuesday 7th October after lunch at 1 pm Berlin time and will be lasting max 1 hour. During the explorative debate we will learn about the state of the deep research on Global Citizenship Education while contributing with our expert knowledge and opinion on the questions added in the attachment.

Please indicate your availability by email for the session latest until Monday 6th October by email to , so we can send you the invitation to the online hangout.

background info 
DEEEP ( is currently conducting research into the challenges and opportunities of monitoring ‘Education for Global Citizenship’ (EGC) within formal, non-formal and informal education. EGC in this context is taken to include a range of overlapping approaches such as, for example, Human Rights Education, Education for Sustainable Development, Global Education etc. It is hoped that the research will contribute to current discussions about targets and indicators for Education for Global Citizenship as part of the proposed education goal to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all’  within the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

We are seeking the views of education practitioners (including teachers, adult educators, community educators) on the processes, methodologies and targets which they would find useful for monitoring progress on such a goal, particularly where it relates to proposed target 4.7 which states:
‘by 2030 ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development’

We recognise that this sets out an ambitious target in a highly contested area, and that monitoring progress towards this goal will be challenging, particularly since it is meant to be applicable to all countries and relevant to educators in very diverse settings across the globe. We are also aware that monitoring and assessment raises a lot of controversies and can often reduce the creative and transformative process of learning to that which is easiest to measure. Traditional monitoring frameworks often tend to be outcome rather than process focused and designed from a policy-monitoring perspective rather than from a practitioners perspective. There is therefore a need for research into developing new frameworks which go beyond current technocratic, quantitative monitoring of education through test results towards understanding the transformative effects of learning. We are interested in exploring whether monitoring frameworks hinder or support transformative EGC at practitioner level, and understanding if and how it is possible to create new ways of understanding the learning that is taking place.

We look forward to exploring your views on these issues with you on Tuesday 7th October at 1pm CET!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Plan of Action for the third phase of the WPHRE now available / Troisième phase (2015-2019) du Programme mondial en faveur de l'éducation aux droits de l'homme

Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a décidé dans sa résolution 24/15 (8 octobre 2013), d’axer la troisième phase du Programme mondial en faveur de l’éducation aux droits de l’homme (2015-2019) sur le renforcement de la mise en œuvre des deux premières phases, ainsi que sur la promotion de la formation aux droits de l'homme pour les professionnels des médias et les journalistes. Cette résolution a été adoptée suite à la consultation du HCHD concernant ​​l’axe de la troisième phase (rapport A/HRC/24/24 de la Haut-Commissaire). Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme a élaboré un plan d'action pour la troisième phase (A/HRC/27/28), en collaboration avec les États, les organisations intergouvernementales, les institutions nationales des droits de l'homme et la société civile.

Pour plus d'informations :


The Plan of Action for the Third Phase of the World Programme on Human Rights Education is now available
The Human Rights Council, in its resolution 24/15 (8 October 2013), decided to focus the World Programme’s third phase (2015-2019) on strengthening the implementation of the first two phases and promoting human rights training for media professionals and journalists. This resolution was adopted following the OHCHR consultation on the focus of the third phase, as presented in the High Commissioner’s report A/HRC/24/24. OHCHR, in consultation with States, intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions and civil society, elaborated a plan of action for the third phase (2015-2019) of the World Programme (document A/HRC/27/28).

The text of the Plan of Action (currently only available in English), along with resources on human rights education and training of media professionals and journalists, can be found at the OHCHR website:

New teaching material on CRC for primary schools

The Danish Institute for Human Rights is pleased to share with you a manual on teaching children’s rights: "Sæt børns rettigheder på skoleskemaet" (2014)– (Put children’s rights on the school agenda). The manual targets teachers in the younger primary classes. It focuses specifically on Greenland’s schools, but can easily be adapted to other contexts. Our aim was to make a material which relates itself very close to the CRC and which is easy for teachers to get started at, especially in a context where there is no special subject for HRE. The material includes preparation and planning lists, fact sheets, easy version of CRC and exercises structured in themes around the CRC principles.

The manual is only in Danish and Greenlandic but we hope you will still find it interesting. Here is the link to the manual: 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Report from International Conference on Human Rights Education and Training for the Civil and Public Sector

This report is a summary of the proceedings and outcomes of an International Conference on Human Rights Education and Training for the Civil and Public Service held in Dublin Castle on
3-5 December 2013. The conference was jointly organized by the Irish Human Rights Commission
(IHRC) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Content of the report:

Chapter 1 – Conference Background, Objectives and Methodology
Chapter 2 – Training Policies and Other Related Policies
Chapter 3 – Training Processes and Tools
Chapter 4 – The Learning and Working Environment
Chapter 5 – Evaluation Processes and Tools
Chapter 6 – Resources and Side Events

European Wergeland Centre Statement Series

The fourth annual EWC Statement Series publication is now available, with recent research on human rights and education for democratic citizenship. The collection of statements highlights recent and ongoing research activities by scholars and other education professionals within a booklet available in printed and online.
The EWC Statement Series Fourth Issue is available for download here. Articles include:
If you would like more information or to write a statement, please contact Claudia Lenz.

Charm yourself online! – Online training course for youth workers on inclusive youth organizations and culture of human rights (September 2014, November 2014)

CHARM yourself online! – online training for youth workers |

Charm yourself online! – Online training course for youth workers on inclusive youth organizations and culture of human rightsThe CHARM yourself online training course is set to engage youth workers, managers, members and volunteers of various youth organizations into a journey to explore the topics of human rights, anti-racism and inclusion and how they are related to the way the youth organizations function. The course will take the participants through the basic concepts around human rights and will facilitate a critical review of how they are connected to the work that is done in different youth organizations, regardless of their spheres of work. The course is built on the methodological bases of non-formal education adapted for online environment.

The training course is a part of the CHARM project ( and is built on the materials and learning generated by the project so far, as well as existing materials on Human Rights Education. The CHARM project is supported by the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.

Who is it for?

The training course is meant for:
  • Youth workers, managers, members, associates and volunteers of youth organizations working in various spheres
  • Participants coming from member states of the European Union and other European countries and
  • People interested to learn how to make their organization more compatible with the principles of anti-racism and human rights.
The training course is not meant for youth workers who are already working on the issues of human rights or who are coming from human rights organizations.
For more information:

Friday, 25 July 2014

NECE Conference 16-18 October 2014 in Vienna - Online registration!

1914-2014: Lessons from History? Citizenship Education and Conflict Management

we would like to invite you to participate in our Networking European Citizenship Education - Conference (NECE) on 16-18 October in Vienna (Austria).

One hundred years after the start of the First World War, that 'great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century' (George F. Kennan), the NECE initiative is organising its annual conference in Vienna. At the focus of the conference will be the current crises and conflicts inside and outside Europe. Internationally renowned experts, such as Aleida Assmann, Robert Menasse and Ivan Krastev have alre ady confirmed their participation and will enter into a dialogue with the participants.

Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria, will open the conference on 17 October.
The 2014 NECE Conference will address challenges in Europe against the background of its history of war and conflict in the 20th century. It will ask how citizenship education can deal with the great variety of conflicts in and around Europe today. These include conflicts at Europe’s periphery (Syria, Ukraine, Egypt) and the influx of refugees at the shores of the Mediterranean. Inside Europe political and social conflicts in the wake of the economic crisis have led to a serious loss of trust into the European project. The results of the 2014 European elections have given rise to fears that the populist earthquakes in France, the United Kingdom and other countries will have an impact on the European Union's future agenda. The implicit consensus that, for a long time, shaped the citizens’ attitude towards 'Europe' is fundamentally called into question. Nationalistic and xenophobic resentments represent a risk for Europe's democratic constit ution. The economic crisis has turned into a political one.

The 2014 NECE Conference offers a platform for pursuing current issues in citizenship education in Europe: Are our current patterns of thinking and discourse still appropriate for dealing with the particular challenges and crises of the European democracies today? Workshops will deal, among other aspects, with the following questions:

How can new arguments and methods for dealing with the populist currents in Europe be developed?
What citizenship education instruments can be utilized for managing and solving conflicts? What role can dialogic approaches and attitudes play? Are there limits to intervention, for instance, in the Syrian civil war, in the Ukraine or in Egypt?

What are the tasks of citizenship education in terms of analysing power structures and fostering the participation of citizens? How much controversy can citizenship education bear?

How can we develop formats for handling conflicts, diversity and democracy as an ‘institutionalized uncertainty’ (Jan Werner Müller)?

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of NECE, past NECE activities will be presented in a small exhibition during the conference. Additionally, a project market will be provided in order to present good practice projects in citizenship education. As a tribute to the conference venue we will offer a Waltz dancing lesson for everyone before we will start the discussions.

Conference language is English (without simultaneous translation).
For further information and the current draft programme, please check our website regularly.

There is no conference fee.
The organisers do not cover travel and accommodation costs.
Places are limited!

Information at a glance

NECE-Conference 2014

Date: 16 to 18 October 2014
Conference venue: Europahaus, Linzer Straße 429, Vienna

Register here:

Please contact for content related questions:
Petra Grüne

Christoph Müller-Hofstede

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the conference management at:
lab concepts
the Laboratory for Conception and Realisation
for Politics, Education and Culture GmbH
Friedrichstrasse 206
10969 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 / 252 932 56
Fax: +49 (0) 30 / 252 932 61

We are looking forward to welcome you in Vienna!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Call for applications 'Prejudice, Genocide, Remembrance' Summer School (Budapest, 25-29 August 2014)

Budapest, 25 – 29 August 2014

The Tom Lantos Institute (Budapest), the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Education and Psychology (Budapest), and CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (Brussels) are organizing a European Summer School, on “Prejudice, Genocide, Remembrance” for civil servants, educators, journalists, and civil society representatives.

The Summer School combines substantive education with skills training. It employs a multidisciplinary approach that complements Holocaust education with human rights training. In its methodology it combines collective-memory workshops with the discussion of relevant cases of human rights violations and the teaching of skills to prevent and counter these violations. The principle goal of this training is to develop understanding of the ways collective memories of traumatic past events shape inter-community relations in the present. Furthermore, the training situates prejudice and genocide in the context of human rights and democratic values.

In Central and Eastern Europe one reason for the spread of anti-Semitism and anti-Romani racism is the weak socialisation of democratic values and human rights in the midst of civil society. The Summer School teaches human rights norms and skills to become active in preventing and countering racism and to promote respect for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities.

The Summer School is supported by the Civil Fund-2014 of the Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Trainings and lectures include:
• Prejudices: then and now
• The Holocaust and the Roma genocide
• Anti-discrimination: countering anti-Semitism and racism against Roma
• After genocide: collective memory and reconciliation
• Minority rights including Roma rights
• Examples of collective memory
• Human rights education, holocaust education, education on anti-Semitism
• Human rights, minority rights and public policies
• Human rights in the media

For more information on the summer school, including the application process, please click here.

Call for participants: Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative - July 30 – August 4th, 2014 - Krakow/Auschwitz

Remember the past, act in the present, and change the future! Come and join the “Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative”!
Marking the 70th anniversary of the remembrance day of the Roma Genocide on August 2, we gather 1.000 young Roma and non-Roma from all over the world. This is a unique and outstanding event that gives 1.000 young people and youth organizations the opportunity to come together in a social forum, to exchange experiences and to debate about the past, present and future! We remember the Roma Genocide, we learn about the past and present in workshops, and we present our initiatives and organizations. The initiative is organized by ternYpe International Roma Youth Network and a large number of member and partner organizations.
Be aware that a registration is not yet a confirmation of participation. Find selection conditions and conditions for external participants here:

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Get European integration/immigration news in German and many other European languages - short and up to date!

The European Website on Integration (EWSI) is a unique source of information on immigrant integration, with daily news from all across Europe. For all those who prefer reading German, you can get the headlines and summaries at European Website on Integration - EWSI (German facebook group).

There is also an EWSI Romania facebook group, an EWSI Ireland group, EWSI Slovakia, EWSI Portugal, EWSI Finland, EWSI Poland, EWSI Netherlands and immigration/integration news in Czech language at

Check it out and enjoy European news in your favorite language!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

In memoriam: Elena Alenka Begant

Elena Alenka Begant



1965 - 2014
We mourn the untimely death of Elena Begant, a distinguished educator and activist, and member of the Board of the Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe Network (DARE).

Elena studied Slovenian and English Language and Literature at the University of Maribor (Slovenia). After her studies she became a teacher of English at the Commercial High School in Maribor in 1990, where she taught for 22 years until she became the principal of the Waldorf School in Maribor.

Elena's passion for education and social justice and boundless energy expressed themselves through the many voluntary activities that she was involved in. She was the founder of the Slovenian chapter of “Education as Instrument for Peace (EIP)-School for Peace” -- the first organisation in Slovenia dedicated to human rights education. She served as its president from 1999 until 2009.

In January 2010, Elena and her husband, Aleksander Begant, established the Center for Citizenship Education. The Center continued the work of EIP-Slovenia but was also involved in the monitoring of national and local elections. For many years she was also actively engaged in the Slovenian chapter of Amnesty International. Since August 2013 Elena had been working as Expert Advisor for Miha Pogačnik, a famous Slovenian violinist, innovator and entrepreneur.

Elena was a creative educator who was passionate about transforming teaching and learning processes into experiences that prepared young Slovenian minds to participate in global society. Fifteen years ago she created an interactive learning tool oriented towards the values of democracy, inclusion, non-discrimination and human rights that was recognized regionally by the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Elena was also author, editor and translator of many human rights education manuals, including the Council of Europe’s “Compass” and Amnesty International’s “First Steps”.

Elena had been an active member of the DARE Network since it was established in 2003. Over the years she developed many useful evaluation tools for the network and was responsible for organising the 2013 DARE Spring Academy, among many other activities. She served as DARE’s Treasurer from 2011-2013 and was re-elected to the DARE Board by the General Assembly in Rome last November to become Vice-Chair.

Elena was tireless in her efforts, devoting herself to her citizenship and human rights education work in Slovenia and abroad, while simultaneously maintaining her roles as a teacher and principal in the Slovenian educational system and wife and mother in her family. She was loved and respected by the DARE Board and Network members and many other colleagues in the Europe-wide movement to promote active citizenship and human rights education. Her death is a great loss and her absence will be felt for many years to come.

Elena died at her home in Limbus, near Maribor last Saturday, June 28th, in a tragic family drama. Her funeral took place on Wednesday, July 2nd. Elena left two children, a 10-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.