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!