Monday, 14 April 2014

7th FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS PLATFORM - The Role of Civil Society regarding EU Strategic Guidelines

Last Thursday and Friday, around 200 civil society organisations gathered for the Annual FRP meeting in Vienna, to discuss the contribution of civil society to the new EU strategic guidelines in the area of freedom, security and justice. You can find the programme, keynote speeches and presentations, the photo gallery and the 8-page conference summary on

On the first day a workshop on Capacity Building and HRE took place. Elena Begant, DARE Network representative to FRP, chaired the session and led participants into identifiyng the needs, successes and challenges of civil society regarding HRE.

On the second day the meeting devoted much time to working groups and the “Floor is Yours” sessions hosted by civil society organisations, inviting participation and co-creation of meeting outcomes. 

The conference summary is now available by visiting the following link: The full report, including the report from all working groups and all floor is yours sessions, will be finalised in May, and be handed over to the Council. Also the new Advisory Pannel of FRP was elected for the next two years.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Europe Yesterday | Today | Tomorrow - Citizenship Days 2014 – 23 April to 9 May 2014 (Europe Day)

Europe Yesterday | Today | Tomorrow

The focus of Austrian Citizenship Days in 2014 is a geopolitically more limited Europe – the
European Union, whose Parliament elections will take place in spring 2014 – as well as the greater Council of Europe.

Citizenship Days are a forum for all topics related to citizenship education and will provide an opportunity to discuss and offer manifold approaches, including outreach programmes and methods. They create an opportunity for future-oriented discussions, while significant historic anniversaries are a time to analyse how the past relates to today:
•         Europe 100 years ago: the Great War
•         Europe 75 years ago: the beginning of World War II – “The Great War” must be renamed “World War I”
•         Europe 25 years ago: fall of the Berlin Wall – the Iron Curtain begins to crack.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

+++in brief+++ EDC/HRE relevant policy developments on the European level+++

Call for MEPs to support our Manifesto “Building together the Future of Learning” J-45
The 2014 European elections will provide the right momentum to think about the future of learning in Europe. Poor access to lifelong learning limits people’s ability to access quality jobs and participate fully in society. We need a vision and a sustainable investment to ensure our education and training systems deliver better for economic development, social and civic participation, personal fulfilment and well-being. The European Parliament and civil society should further engage together in the future of learning. EUCIS-LLL Manifesto “Building together the Future of Learning” comprises 12 principles for lifelong lifelong. If you are an MEP and willing to support our manifesto contact us or click here. We also encourage educational stakeholders to launch a debate on the future of learning at national level with their candidate MEPs and to use our Manifesto - already available in (EN) (FR) (DE) (NL) (PT) (PL) (TR) (IT).

+++ “Europe 2020” Review: mixed results
The European Commission has released a communication “Taking stock of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” to take stock and lay the ground for an informed discussion at halfway point of the strategy. The Communication shows how the EU and individual Member States are advancing towards the 2020 targets. It acknowledges “weaknesses in education and training Systems”. If Member States are likely to reach the headline targets for early school leaving and tertiary attainment levels by 2020; other indicators are very negative such as the “increasing share of young people neither in employment nor in education or training (NEETs)”. The member organisations of the EESC Liaison Group, including EUCIS-LLL, are currently preparing a joint contribution to the Europe 2020 Review. They believe the focus should shift on rehabilitating the real economy, and on investing in people and policies that would provide a real chance of reaching the original objectives.

OECD Society at a glance 2014: alarming decrease in national public education spending
The OECD has just published its biennal overview of social indicators focusing on “The crisis and its aftermath”, showing that more than five years after the economic downturn, high rates of joblessness and income losses are worsening social conditions in many OECD countries. Like latest Commission research (see Social Europe 2014), the study shows that those neither in employment nor in education and training (NEETs) have significantly increased in OECD countries since the start of the crisis. The report highlights this critical situation as reducing self-sufficiency and employability chances of young people. It also comprises an indicator on education spending and reveals that its share of public funding decreased from 2000 to 2010 in those same countries – data confirmed by the Education and training Monitor 2013 stating that sixteen Member States decreased their education expenditure at some stage between 2008 and 2011.

source: EUCIS-LLL

Friday, 4 April 2014

EDC for All - Qualifying and Mainstreaming Education for Democratic Citizenship within Europe - new project

In the framework of our EU Lifelong Learning Program co-funded project „“ EDC for All - Qualifying and Mainstreaming Education for Democratic Citizenship within Europe “ the partner organizations 

joined forces to advance the situation of EDC-learning with marginalized young people in Europe on the example of a portuguese-german-european collaboration.
The project was launched on 18-21 March 2014 in Sintra/Portugal and will last until October 2015.
DARE´s role in the project is to contribute to and qualify the single workstreams out of a european educational perspective. Therefore also the members of DARE will be encouraged to jojn meetings, contribute to the debates etc.
The project is funded in the EU LLP Leonardo Da Vinci Frame and aims to transfer innovation and innovative approaches from other countries to the portuguese context of EDC with young people. 
1) the translation and adoption of 3 manuals from the Council of Yourope Youth department into protuguese and german as well as the distribution and discussion of the manuals in the respective countries educational contexts The manuals offer tailormade educational approaches in the context of youth participation and introduce young people the aspects of Youth Participation in the COE context. in detail the manuals are: Have your Say!, EDC for ALL and EDC for ALL! Guidelines for Educators.
2) based on a practice and needs assessment of/for EDC games tareted on the involvement on youth rather non affected by EDC the consortium will develop an educational game that is especially designed for the reach out to the target groups that lack access to political participation in our societies. The key idea shall be on developing a game focusing on those who are or at least feel excluded from actively participating in democratic citizenship. The game concept will be discussed with European experts and be tested in practise on several portuguese, german and european seminars. It will be developed throughout 2014 and be available for public use in summer 2015.
3) Based on several study trips of non formal EDC providers from portugal to the Council of Europe Youth centres and to germen on-formal educational centres the protuguese partners will develop and built an Youth centre for non formal EDC work in the community of Sintra/portugal  which has the character of a role model for other - existing community centres in Portugal.
We will regularely report on the steps and success of this cooperation in the DARE newsletter. We encourage our subscribers to join this project by giving feedback or joining meetings in order raise the quality of the process and work.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Expert info needed: EDC games on youth participation!!!

In the framework of our EU LLP co-funded project „“ EDC for All - Qualifying and Mainstreaming Education for Democratic Citizenship within Europe “ the partner organizations are planning to develop a new educational game on EDC and youth participation. The key idea shall be on developing a game focusing on those who are or at least feel excluded from actively participating in democratic citizenship.

Before we start thinking about the outline, format and content of this new game, we would like to do a state-of-the-art analysis with regard to already existing games on youth participation in the framework of EDC.

We would like to gather as many games as possible all over Europe. Against this background we are dependent on your kind cooperation. Therefore please fill this short form before 10th of May 2014.

Partner organizations: 
Dínamo - Sintra, Portugal []
Youth Department of Council of Europe []
planpolitik - Berlin, Germany []
DARE network - Antwerpen, Belgium []
Aga Khan Foundation - Portugal []

In case of need you can contact Simon Raiser from planpolitik who is in charge of this dimension of the project:

Mr. Simon Raiser

By the way, the to-be-developed game will be distributed all over Europe, realistically in the second half of 2015.

Kind regards and thank you for your help!

On behalf of all partners of the „EDC for all“ project

Simon Raiser, Matia Losego, Filomena Djassi, Georg Pirker

kindly supported by the EU-LLP programme: | TOI – EDC FOR ALL | 2013-1-PT1-LEO05-15769 |