Friday, 31 January 2014

Be part of it! Come to the HistoryCampus Berlin Register for participation in the HistoryCampus now until 17 February 2014! / 100 Years World War One

From 7 to 11 May 2014, up to 500 young interested people from all over Europe will meet at the HistoryCampus at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin Mitte. The HistoryCampus is the central core of the history festival Europe 14I14 which will take place in Berlin in May 2014.
Are you between 18 and 25 years of age? Are you interested in history and politics? Are you keen to find answers together with other young Europeans to the question what the First World War means to you personally and to your generation? Register until 17 February 2014 for participation in the event!

The HistoryCampus provides a space to discover how 1914 and the First World War relate to you and your life here and now. At the on-site workshops you will discuss and do research, shoot films and edit sounds, act out roles and perform, write scripts and narrate your story and so much more. The workshops will be accompanied by a diverse spectrum of activities that offer you an unusual approach to historical as well as contemporary issues. The activities include a broad cultural programme with performances, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and readings, thematic explorations of the city and much more. Alongside, you can enjoy a great campus atmosphere and the opportunity to meet many interesting young people from all over Europe!

After your successful application, you will be invited by the organisers to join the HistoryCampus in May. You will travel to Berlin for free, will be accommodated at a central hostel and will be part of the campus activities for three days.

Please find further information on the application, participation and the workshop programme at

During your online registration, please use the registration code bpb.

Interested Berlin visitors are invited to “look back and think forward“ together with the organisers and with you as a HistoryCampus participant. The history festival Europe 14I14 will take place in Berlin in May on occasion of the centenary of the beginning of the First World War in 2014. Current information about the programme is available at, which is continuously updated.
The Federal Agency for Civic Education is organising the festival together with the Koerber-Foundation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, in cooperation with the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin and various partners and supporters.

Information at a glance:

HistoryCampus Berlin
Date: 7 May to 11 May 2014
Venue: Maxim Gorki Theatre, Am Festungsgraben 2, 10117 Berlin

For further information please contact:

Federal Agency for Civic Education
Nina Schillings
phone    +49 (0) 228 99515-265
fax         +49 (0) 228 99515-309

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Call for nominations for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

Strasbourg, 20.01.2014 – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has today issued a call for nominations for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which will be awarded for the second consecutive year on 29 September next in Strasbourg.

This Prize aims to reward outstanding civil society action in defending human rights in Europe and beyond. Candidates should have made a real difference to the human rights situation of a given group, been instrumental in uncovering systemic violations on a large scale, or have successfully mobilised public opinion or the international community for a given cause.

“In their daily struggle against injustice, arbitrariness and authoritarianism, human rights defenders work ceaselessly so that each citizen in Europe may one day aspire to our standards. We should encourage and place the spotlight on those who commit themselves to human rights,” said PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon.

The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, consisting of a sum of €60,000, a trophy and a diploma, is awarded annually by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation. The first Prize was awarded to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski in September 2013.


The deadline for submitting nominations is 30 April 2014. Nominations should be sent to the Parliamentary Assembly by e-mail to the following address:, using the form available on the Prize website. They should be signed by at least five sponsors.

Charta 77 Foundation

Friday, 17 January 2014

News from DARE member MEDIEL, Belgium

One of our communication project submitted to the European Parliament has just been selected: "When young people turn into reporters", a 'citizen to citizen' initiative run by young people promoted in the role of citizen-reporters. These young reporters are taking the nation's pulse in 9 main cities+regions of Belgium with regard to the issues, aspirations and challenges of the major questions faced by the citizens in Belgium (and among them, also questions relating to human rights and democracy). The visibility is provided by 4 TV-programmes of 30 min. on the 2 national public channels (in French and Dutch), and internet.

Maybe in a topic we could interview/involve some actors in HR DARE members in Belgium and discover with them the challenges and the needs to act in collaboration with an international network as Dare...? We have to think about this...

André Bossuroy
Administrator and video director
37 rue de l'Eglise
1350 Enines

Call for applications: New Master of Governance and Human Rights in Berlin

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
You seek to tackle a human rights challenge through your own project? You wish to study at a renowned German institution while staying on your job? You want to combine theory and practice in the course of your studies?

The Master of Governance and Human Rights at HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance, Berlin, offers you the training you need to work as a socially and politically committed leader who is able to take decisions, drive change and interact with and within the three areas of economy, politics and civil society. The program covers the theory and practicalapplication of governance and human rights and introduces students to the essential tools they need to advance their ideas.
Main facts about the Master of Governance and Human Rights:
►   Design and implement your own project idea – in collaboration with your employer or a partner organization
►   The program allows participants to stay on the job, combining distance learning and 4 on-campus seminars in Berlin
►   Interdisciplinary approach to human rights and governance – combination of theory and practice
►   HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA offers a unique learning experience with small student groups comprised of experienced practitioners and top-notch lecturers
►   Master degree in “Governance and Human Rights” from Humboldt University (Berlin) and European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder)*

Please find more information here or contact Larissa.Dietrich[at]

*Subject to approval (in progress). 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Register now: DARE e-Spring Academy 2014 - EDC/HRE under the new EU funding programs 2014-2020

Since 1st of January 2014 the new generation of funding programs underthe EU´s multiannual finacial Frame (MFF 2014-2020) is in action. The first calls for proposals are already communicated and the first deadlines for programs are coming closer (mid March and end of April).
Still EU funding is one of the most important resources for EDC/HRE projects in Europe, therefore we recommend to our members to closely investigate the new funding schemes offered by the EU between 2014-2020

The DARE network offers to its members (only!) the unique opportunity to join a free online academy devoted to the new generation of EU funding programs and get first-hand information on the content of the programs, the modalities of application and challenges and opportunities arising for EDC/HRE projects.
As the first deadlines for educational projects under the new funding schemes will be 17th of March and 30th of April 2014 the DARE e-Academy offers a perfect opportunity to kick-off new common projects and create winning partnerships.

The 1- hour lectures of the online academy are going to be held between 3 and 7th of February 2014 right after lunch time 13-14:00 CET and will investigate in detail several areas of EU funding that are of interest for EDC/HRE. This service is offered to DARE members only!

The lectures are going to be held by Georg Pirker (AdB) and (Anne Stalfort (Humanity in Action) both sharing a long track record of successful and unsuccessful EU project proposals!

To register for the e-Spring Academy please send an email to Georg Pirker ( not later than 30th of January 12 a.m. You will receive an email inviting you to the online course then.

Schedule of the e-academy

Monday, 03.02.2014,
Introduction into the logic of the new EU funding mechanisms for

  • Education and Training,
  • Citizens
  • Rights Equality and Citizenship
  • External Aid
  • Technical questions on application practicalities (e-forms, registration etc.)

Tuesday , 04.02.2014
Education and training Pt. 1: ERASMUS+
Program logic and support schemes for activities in the field of formal and non-formal work with young people

Wednesday, 05.02.2014
Education and training Pt. 2: ERASMUS+
Program logic and support schemes for Adult Education, Vocational Education and Training

Thursday, 06.02.2014
EU and Citizenship 

  • The renewed Europe for Citizens program: European Remembrance projects and citizens democratic involvement in the Europen Union
  • The new EU program for Rights, Equality and Citizenship 

Friday, 07.02.2014
Other funding mechanisms such as 
  • EU External Aid Programs, 
  • European social funds etc.
  • Summary of the online lecture
The e-Spring Academy is part of the new tools suggested by the DARE General Assembly for the DARE strategy 2014ff.

Monday, 13 January 2014

news from polis - Centre for Citizenship Education in Austria

2014´s prevailing topics of citizenship education in formal edcuation will be the elections oft he European parliament (May 2014) and, secondly, the Remembrance of World War 1. The following dossiers (only available in German language) could be of interest for school staff:

- In view of upcoming events and in order to support teachers polis – centre for Citizenship Education in Austria provides a thematic online-dossier related to the European Elections (material, events, dates and figures etc.):

Dossier @Gedenkjahr_2014 (provided by Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture):

Call for Conference Partners: "Learning from each other - educational methods against right-wing radicalism and -populism in Europe”

Dear friends and colleagues,

The reason why I'm writing to you today is: I'm planning to do a conference (8.-11.9. 2014) about “Learning from each other -  educational methods used against right-wing radicalism and -populism in Europe”.

There had been - at least in Germany - quite a few conferences indicating and describing right-wing groups and organisations in different European countries: what their ideas are, how they develop, how they work, how they cooperated and so on.

The target of this conference is to share our methods, our experiences, and our ways of working against right-wing ideas. This might be in our institutions or in Street projects, in seminars or in school projects etc. The conference should present and discuss examples from different countries.

This mail is mainly to find people and institutions that are willing to contribute with examples and methods in this conference. So if you are interested to present please contact me as soon as possible.

If you're are not able or willing to share your own experiences but know someone who might be: please pass this on.
And if you think that you possibly might come as a participant please send me a short notice and I will put you on the list and I will keep you informed.        

“Learning from each other - educational methods used against right-wing radicalism and populism in Europe”. Languages: German/English
8.-11.9.2014 Internationales Haus Sonnenberg/St. Andreasberg (D)

Thanks for your time


Internationales Haus Sonnenberg

Sonnenberg Kreis e.V.

Lutz Heinke

Pädagogischer Leiter /
Head of Educational Staff

Clausthaler Str. 11

4 St. Andreasberg

+49 (0) 5582 / 944 165

Büro / Office:
+49 (0) 5508 / 923 761

+49 (0) 5582 / 944 100

Saturday, 11 January 2014

New Book on the Paradox of Human Rights Protection in Europe

The relationship between the European Courts in Strasbourg and Luxembourg has become more and more complicated. A new book tries to shed some light on the matter:

Nina-Louisa Arold Lorenz / Xavier Groussot / Gunnar Thor Petursson (2013), The European Human Rights Culture – A Paradox of Human Rights Protection in Europe?, Brill.

On the publisher's website, the description of the book reads as follows:

The European Human Rights Culture – A Paradox of Human Rights Protection in Europe? analyses the political term “European Human Rights Culture”, a term first introduced by EU Commission President Barroso. Located in the fields of comparative law and European law, this book analyses, through first-hand interviews with the European judiciary, the judicial perspective on the European human rights culture and sets this in context to the political dimension of the term. In addition, it looks at the structures and procedures of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), and explains the embedding of the Courts’ legal cultures. It offers an in-depth analysis of the margin of appreciation doctrine at both the CJEU and ECtHR, and shows its value for addressing human rights grievances. This book is novel in that it combines interviews and case-law analysis to show how a mix of differences on the bench are legally amalgamated to resolve probing legal questions and human rights issues. It shows, through a combined analysis of case-law and recent political developments for European human rights, the tensions between judicial and political approaches and the paradox of human rights protection in Europe. It also offers in-depth knowledge of the European human rights discourse. In addition to a rich study of legal materials, the book looks inside the box by adding the judiciary’s perspective. Human rights are widely acknowledged in European societies and cases claiming human rights violations are increasing at both the CJEU and ECtHR. In these times of increased human rights awareness, this book uncovers a paradox in European human rights protection which is created by the push-and-pull between judicial and political interests.
The book is Volume 44 in the "The Raoul Wallenberg Institute Human Rights Library" Series, where numerous other interesting publications have been published:

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Teaching History for Democratic Citizenship: How does History Education Contribute to Social Cohesion and Respect for Diversity Today?

A public event co-organised by NEPC, the Network of Education Policy Centers, and EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators

31 January 2014, 10.00 - 13.00 , at the European Parliament in Brussels
Simultaneous translation EN/FR

The event will be hosted by Members of the European Parliament Ms Malika Benarab-Attou (France, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance) and Mr Oleg Valjalo (Croatia, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats).

NEPC, EUROCLIO and their partners, the Danish History Teachers Association, the Latvian Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS and Orava Association for Democratic Citizenship in Slovakia, will present interim results of the European project Making History Work for Tolerance: A Research-Based Strategy to Reduce the Intolerant Usage of History Teaching in the EU. The presentation will be followed by an interactive panel discussion on challenges and opportunities for history education in nowadays society, with a focus on the risks of political manipulation of the topic in certain contexts.

More details on the programme of the event and guest panelists will follow soon. We are looking forward to your participation, and we encourage you to share this message with your network!

To register please contact Marko Kovacic, Program Coordinator at the Network of Education Policy Centres:

EU Survey: EU House for Civil Society

Across the European Union (EU), only just over one third of the more than 30,000 respondents feel that they are well informed about their rights as citizens of the, according to a recent poll. Trust in the European Union has gradually been decreasing over the past few years, although overall it still exceeds citizens’ trust in their national governments. Overall, citizens feel disconnected from the EU institutions and feel that they have little say in EU decision-making processes.

On the other hand, however, citizens appear to expect a lot from the EU, for example with regard to effective actions to deal with the effects of the economic crisis. In this context, the EU has been looking at ways to improve the engagement of the public in EU affairs and to increase their participation in EU public policymaking. Civil society organisations play an essential role in these efforts, providing the interface between citizens and the EU institutions.

To further understand the needs of citizens and civil society and to take stock of existing initiatives to improve their active involvement in EU affairs, Directorate General for Communication of the European Commission has commissioned ICF GHK, together with Technopolis, to undertake a study on the establishment of a “European house for Civil Society”. This study first examines whether there is a need for such European House, in the sense of what gaps it would fill and how it would complement other existing initiatives and organisations. It will then asses the feasibility of the project and ultimately examine how the EU could support it.

As part of the research into the needs for a European House for Civil Society and what this European House could look like, we are launching a survey in order to explore what citizens and civil society think of current initiatives and what they want in relation to EU affairs in the future.

The survey mostly contains multiple choice questions and should not take more than 5-10 minutes to complete, although additional space is provided for more detailed comments. When finished, you can click on "Submit" at the bottom of the final page. Please answer by 31 January 2014.

From the side of the DARE network we think such initiative may be a good idea - as long as it does not jeopardize civil society support via other means of funding -  and recommend the members to participate in this survey.  You can access the survey here:

All responses will remain strictly confidential. If you have any questions with regards to the content survey please do not hesitate to contact at ICF GHK.
We thank you in advance for your participation!!