Saturday, 31 May 2014

New publication: Global Citizenship Education: Preparing learners for the challenges of the twenty-first century

What is Global Citizenship Education ? Do we learn it in school? What difference can it make if it is a common feature of all education systems? How can it be implemented and scaled up? The answers to these questions and others can be found in a new publication just released by UNESCO.

For UNESCO, global citizenship education (GCE) develops the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes learners need to build a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable world.

In a globalized and fast-changing world, these are critical skills that current and future generations need to act today and find solutions to tomorrow's global challenges.

The starting point of GCE is to recognize the relevance of education in understanding and resolving global issues in their social, political, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions. It also implies acknowledging the role of education in moving beyond the development of knowledge and so-called cognitive skills – e.g. reading and mathematics - to build values, social and emotional skills and attitudes among learners that can facilitate international cooperation and promote social transformation.

Building on the conclusions of two international conferences dedicated to GCE , this publication aims to:

- improve understanding of GCE as an educational approach and its implications for education content, pedagogies and approaches;
- identify innovative approaches and good practice in GCE globally; and
- share lessons learned and pathways to scaling up GCE.

It has been prepared for education policy makers, practitioners, civil society organizations and young people from all regions of the world with an interest in equipping learners with the knowledge, skills and values they need to thrive as global citizens in the twenty-first century.

Download the publication (PDF)

Friday, 30 May 2014

Invitation to online roundtable 'The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Advancing Human Rights Education'-12 June 2014 from 16:00-17:30 CET

Dear Colleagues,

HREA would like to invite you to an online roundtable discussion on “The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Advancing Human Rights Education,” on 12 June 2014, 16:00-17:30 CET.

This event will bring together experts from a range of sectors including representatives of National Human Rights Institutes (NHRIs), civil society, academia, and inter-governmental organisations to present their understanding and experiences related to the role and mandate that NHRIs have to promote human rights education. Some speakers and attendees will join the meeting in person from HREA offices in Cambridge and others will join via web conferencing. 

Agenda and Speakers

1. The human rights education mandate of NHRIs. Prof. Dr. Claudia Lohrenscheit (Faculty of Social Work and Health, Coburg University of Applied Sciences, formerly German Institute for Human Rights)
2. Opportunities for NHRIs to advance human right education. Fiona Murphy (Irish Human Rights Commission)
3. Challenges and lessons learned. Prof. Dr. André Keet (Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University the of Free State, formerly South African Human Rights Commission)
4. Role of inter-governmental institutions and other stakeholders in working with NHRIs on human rights education. Elena Ippoliti (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)
Followed by questions and discussion with all participants. The roundtable will be chaired by Frank Elbers (HREA).

Click here for further information and to RSVP

The panel discussion will contribute to HREA’s research on NHRIs and human rights education which will be published in the Research in Human Rights Education papers series later this year.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Survey on the review of EU´s EU2020 and ET 2020 Strategies

The European Commission is currently reviewing their general Strategy, EU2020 and we will send you more information before the summer. But they are also reviewing the strategy for Education and Training, ET2020, and this is really important for us.

If you have the time (the consultation is open until 30 May), please do go ahead and fill in the questionnaire. While some of the questions are fairly technical (but you don’t need to answer all of them), you will have the chance to propose new strategies, working methods and priorities. This means, you can underline the importance of adult education, the need for more focus on issues such as active citizenship etc.! Please have a look at

Thursday, 22 May 2014

COE North-South Centre: Next course Global Education-the Human Rights Dimension, 9 June - 6 July 2014

Dear Educators, Dear friends,

You are invited to apply now for the next –e-learning course  Global Education-the Human Rights Dimension
The deadline for submitting the complete application is 3 June 2014. Only applications that are complete will be considered. We will inform all applicants about the selection on 5 June, 2014.
Please note that participation in this course requires an active collaborative participation taking at least 10 hours per week for four weeks!
? Please access the course website
? And the application form
Miguel SILVA
Programme Manager - Global Education
North-South Centre - Council of Europe
Tel: +351 213 584 042 - Fax: +351 213 584 072 - Mobile: +351 933 190 905

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

EDC for ALL - project news: introducing the partnership

planpolitik offers concepts and solutions for political education, mostly about current global and European topics. We organise simulation games and trainings, we design workshops, conferences and seminars. We also develop educational online platforms, including for online simulation games.
Since its foundation in 2005, planpolitik has developed around 100 different simulation games and short interactive exercises and modules for teaching and training. planpolitik also offers a wide range of trainings, mainly on how to use interactive methods such as simulation games in seminars and workshops, as well as on negotiations, teambuilding, and conflict management.
The list of partners comprises governmental bodies, universities all over Europe, foundations, NGOs, as well as companies. In total we have been working together with roughly 100 different partner institutions in Germany and abroad. For further information, please visit our website

In the "EDC for All" project we will be responsible for developing and producing a new game on youth participation that will then be disseminated all over Europe. In addition to that, we will translate the "Have your say" manual as well as the "Democracy and Human Rights - Charter for All" into German. Both, the new game as well as the translated manuals will be presented and tested during three trainings in Germany.


Dínamo  is a local youth NGO active in Sintra, Portugal in the field of Youth Participation and counts with the active participation of young people between 15 and 30 years old [mostly].
Since 2011 Dínamo is implementing its long term strategy 'Sintra is Also Yours!' [], officially recomended by Council of Europe, aiming at provide to young people tools, competences, activities conditions and alternatives in a way to promote, motivate, enhance, strengthen and facilitate their active participation in civil society.
Dínamo is tackling Youth Participation in different dimension, namely:
- Promoting activities targeting young people;
- Supporting young people in their initiatives;
- Providing learning opportunities through voluntary service and trainings;
- Promoting the quality of participation in youth organizations;
- Supporting young people's participation in decision-making processes;
- Promoting good practices and co-management mechanisms involving young people.
Directly linked with Youth Participation Dínamo is also active in Human Right Education, Education for Democratic Citizenship, Advocacy in the Youth Field and Recognition of Non Formal Education by developing projects and partnership at local, national and international level.
Dínamo cooperate with a large network of partners and institutions such as European Commission, Council of Europe and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Dínamo follows transversely - in its activities and processes - the principles of Non Formal Education.


The DARE network is the european NGO of providers of non formal Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights. It works with the aim to raise the voice for the needs and concerns of the EDC/HRE field by providing expert consultation, information and guidance with pedagogical practice, policy making and research.
DARE currently consits of 48 members in 27 European countries.
In the EDC for ALL project DARE offers its capacity and expertise in game development, political expert knowledge, and contributes to setting the scene for the projects activities and results in a wider European context, via active involvement of its members, discussion of results in current european discourses, dissemination and exploitation via its information ressources and by providing feedback to the wider european EDC/HRE community.


Friday, 9 May 2014

Call for Applications: Scholarship "Shaping Europe - Civic Education in Action"

A scholarship program for professionals active in Citizenship Education from Central and Southeastern Europe

Closing date for applications: June 3rd 2014
New in 2014: Applicants from Croatia are welcome!

The German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung are awarding up to 16 scholarships to active professionals from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey. We are looking for people at the beginning of their professional careers who wish to be active internationally. We expect applicants to already be actively promoting democracy and social responsibility in their own countries and to be engaged in civic education.

We offer participants the opportunity to become an intern in a German institution active in civic education matters. Additionally they will participate in the network of European political education. The working language in the program is German.

Find further information in English here:

Please forward this information to people who might be interested in an application!

For German information regarding the program and application forms check:

If you have further questions regarding the program, please contact the program coordinator Mrs. Christiane Toyka-Seid:

About the founding institutions:

The Federal Agency for Civic Education

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany. The work done by the bpb centres on promoting awareness for democracy and participation in politics.
Robert Bosch Stiftung

Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company. It represents the philanthropic and social endeavors of Robert Bosch (1861-1942) and fulfills his legacy in a contemporary manner. The Robert Bosch Stiftung works predominantly in the fields of international relations, health and education.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Get to know the Antirumors Campaign in Barcelona!

In the framework of a Grundtvig Jobshadowing, Anne Stalfort (from DARE member Humanity in Action) had the chance to study the Antirumors Campaign in Barcelona - a broad local initiative against xenophobia, anti-immigrant attitudes and racism. The many different activities and tools within the Antirumor Campaign are developed by the Antirumors Net, a network of about 200 community organisations and 200 individuals in Barcelona. The campaign is technically coordinated and co-financed by the Barcelona City Council.

Examples of Best Practices

The members of the Antirumors Net have developed and distributed a wide range of tools linked to the realities of the different neighbourhoods. Here are some:

This reusable plastic cup for street parties and neighborhood festivals makes people think about their own prejudices and encourages action.

Similar thought-inspiring bookmarks were distributed during the World Book Day on April 23 (on this day, people in Barcelona give each other roses and books as a gift).

A comic book series (currently 3 issues) has been developed to respond to some of the most popular anti-immigrants stereotypes. Each comic ends with a ‘Did you know?’ section that provides official data about the subject.

You can download a copy (in Catalan) here.

Catalogue of Activities to Combat Rumors and Stereotypes

As a result of four years of experience, the “Catalogue of Activities to Combat Rumors and Stereotypes” describes in 90 pages 32 different good practices to choose from. Activities range from street theatre and audiovisual workshops to trainings for journalists and teachers. The catalogue is available for download (in Catalan language) here.

The Antirumor Agent

Interested citizens of Barcelona can participate in a free 12h course and become an Antirumor Agent. The training course empowers individuals to reduce discrimination by putting a human face on the stereotypes, counteract negative prejudices with facts and spread the campaign. Strong emphasis is put on a non-paternalistic, participatory approach. There is a standard curriculum, but there are also specialized courses to re-train agents or for incorporating diverse realities in different neighbourhood. Have a look at the contents here (in Catalan).

Website and Newsletter

The Antirumors website connects the more than 400 members of the network and offers onlines guides, news and background material Additionally, a regular newsletter (currently 25 issues) communicates upcoming neigborhood activities, antirumor agent courses and available materials (currently 25 issues).

Want to know more? Check the EU-MIA Research Report

EU-MIA (European Migrant Integration Academy) selected the Barcelona Antirumors Campaign as one of ten functioning practices in the field of integration at city and neighbourhood level. As a result, in January 2014 a research report was published online in English language. The report is based on interviews with stakeholders in Barcelona. At the moment, this 24-pages booklet “The BCN Anti-Rumour Strategy and the BCN Anti-Rumour Network” is the only detailed source on the Antirumor campaign available in English. This is going to change soon, because …

… Transfer to 10 more European Cities – CoE´s “C4i”-Project

C4i is a 2014-2015 project under the Intercultural Cities programme of the Council of Europe, funded by the European Commission. It aims to provide methodological know-how to cities which implement intercultural integration strategies. C4i has been inspired by the Antirumors Campaign in Barcelona. Participant cities in the 18-months project are: Amadora (PT), Bilbao (ES), Botkyrka (SE), Erlangen (DE), Limerick (IE), Loures (PT), Lublin (PL), Nuremberg (DE), Patras (GR) and Sabadell (ES). In the framework of C4i, the City Council of Barcelona will translate some of the Catalan materials to English, among them a dossier on lessons learned and the Guide for Antirumor Agents. Hopefully, these sources will be published soon on the C4i website!