Friday, 27 February 2015

Peace Trails: Discover peace in Europe

"Discover Peace in Europe" is a project about peace trails in Berlin, Budapest, Manchester, Paris, The Hague, Torino and Vienna - to make people aware of the importance of peace!
The idea of this project

A concept of peace which relies on democracy, civil society, self-confident participation and courage asks for your attention in seven beautiful European cities. Peace-trails that you will find most worthwhile to walk get presented in Berlin, Budapest, Manchester, Paris, The Hague, Torino and Vienna. The website invites you to the experience and leads you to the different stations on the trails.

Interesting articles inform about peace movements, important events and meaningful peace institutions of past and contemporary significance.

All in all the trails promote a complex understanding of peace and generate reflections on a concept that presents itself as active engagement in civil society. The peace trails combine exploration of rather unknown parts of the city with acquiring knowledge about relevant dynamic aspects of democratic societies. Buildings and locations gain new meanings. The aim of this project “Discover Peace in Europe” is to create stronger awareness of the importance of critical participation and of the relevance of civil rights movements.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Human Rights in Practice summer course (Middelburg, 29 June-3 July 2015)

HREA and the University College Roosevelt are pleased to announce the Four Freedoms summer course:
29 June-3 July 2015
Middelburg, The Netherlands
Dear Colleagues, 

Are you, or someone you know, interested in working in the international field of human rights? This course will introduce participants to what it means to work in organisations, networks and movements that defend and promote human rights.

Participants will interact with guest lecturers from NGOs, the UN and other inter-governmental agencies, law firms, and academia. They will study areas such as:
  • human rights monitoring;
  • advocacy and campaigning;
  • grassroots organising;
  • humanitarian law; and
  • transitional justice. 
The course will culminate in a visit to The Hague to visit the International Criminal Court and other international criminal justice institutions.

For more information about this course and the Four Freedoms Summer Program, please call Sophie Feintuch at +31 (0)118-655546 or visit:

EWC: Regional Summer Academy for the Baltics on EDC/HRE and history

A new Regional Summer Academy for the Baltics will take place in Estonia in August.
It will be open for participants from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This regional training is organised in cooperation with the Council of Europe, the European Wergeland Center, the Ministry of Education Estonia and the Estonian Institute for Human Rights (EIHR).
A fruitful preparatory meeting February 12 in Tallinn, hosted by the Estonian Ministry of Education, underlined the strong commitment from all partners to realize this joint endeavour. The Academy dates were set for 21-27 August in Tallinn.
Adapted to national and regional priorities, the regional training will focus on EDC/ HRE and history, in particular multiperspectivity.
In the context of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the link between history and human rights is particularly relevant. Sharing a common past, the three countries will benefit from a programme that helps their multicultural societies create spaces for dialogue and reinforce a culture of co‐operation.
The Baltic Academy will follow the well-established Regional Summer Academy training model with the following key elements:
• Participants join in teams of four; a school head, a history teacher, an NGO or parent and local authority;
• Dissemination of CoE tools (in particlur the CoE Charter on EDC/ HRE) and materials;
• Training will combine online and offline components;
• Action plans/ local project for the defense and promotion of human rights, democracy and mutual understanding in schools and local communities;
For the 2015 pilot, a targeted call is planned which will be disseminated via the Ministries of the three countries addressed. More information will follow soon.
The Regional Summer Academy for the Baltics is the third Regional Academy training established in cooperation with the CoE, the EWC and educational authorities of the host countries. They are financed partly via a voluntary contribution from Norway to the CoE.

EUCIS-LLL press release: Education Matters!

At the extraordinary European Council meeting in Brussels this month EU leaders discussed the EU’s counter-terrorism measures in the wake of the attacks in Paris. The meeting was proposed by French MEP Alain Lamassoure, urging that it is “high time we (…) addressed the vulnerability of our countries to this contagion of hate”. However, security and anti-terrorist measures can only be a part of the solution at their best. EUCIS-LLL calls on EU institutions and EU leaders to prioritise civic education and diversity in its education and training cooperation, in order to provide a long-term, sustainable response to the “contagion of hate” – democratic, cohesive and learning societies in the true sense of these words. You can read the whole press release on EUCIS website.


EESC "Civil dialogue and participatory democracy in the practice of the EU institutions" survey

The European Economic and Social Comittee would like to remind you of the survey on “Civil dialogue and participatory democracy in the practice of the European Union institutions". Answering various questions means an investment in terms of time, but it could pay off in terms of expressing your needs and interests with the goal of having them reflected in future policies of the institutions. EESC thanks all the participants in the anonymous survey and invites you to share it with other interested civil society members


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

New research report: monitoring education for global citizenship ...

DEEEP's shares its recent research publication "Monitoring Education for Global Citizenship: A Contribution to Debate" and to thank all of you who contributed to the research, either through hosting a discussion group and/or filling in the online questionnaire.

The report explores the opportunities and challenges for developing an appropriate monitoring framework which truly captures the holistic and transformative nature of Education for Global Citizenship (EfGC). The research builds on the EfGC conference in Brussels in June 2014 "Global Citizens for Education; Education for Global Citizenship" and is unique in that it brings to the fore practitioners perspectives on monitoring. The report first provides a conceptual overview as to what an Education for Global Citizenship might be, and then makes suggestions as to how to capture the philosophy and values of EfGC within a monitoring framework.

The findings were presented at the UNESCO GCED conference in Paris last week and have fed into discussions about the Global Citizenship Education goal within the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, including the online global consultation on GCE indicators lead by the Technical Advisory Group to the Education For All Steering Committee.

Please feel encouraged to send your feedback on the research and and feel invited to further explore and build on the ideas presented in this report within your local contexts!

Please feel share to share this report amongst your contacts and networks.

Contact and information:

Amy Skinner

DEEEP4 Research Officer

10, Rue de l'industrie – 1000 Brussels
Tel + 386 407 846 10

From the EWC: State leaders, civil society representatives and business leaders from 60 countries gathered on 19-20 February at the White House in Washington DC for the summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

The second session of the summit, led by Secretary John Kerry, explored educational approaches that can build resilience against violent extremism. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland was one of the intervenors of the panel discussion and emphasized the need for democratic education.
“We are now defining the skills young people across Europe need to live peacefully in diverse societies. This makes some people sceptical. How can we apply the same criteria to schools in Belfast as in Paris, or Belgrade, or Istanbul? What about the deep cultural differences? But this isn’t about teaching young people what to think. It’s about teaching them how to think,” Jagland said.
The questions the panel discussed included:
  • What recommendations do you have for how educational programs can best be used to counter violent extremism?
  • How can we engage teachers and other opinion leaders in the community to teach youth and adults the value of being open and tolerant?
  • How can civic education equip students with the social and communication skills necessary to address their grievances in positive, nonviolent ways?

In his opening speech president Obama also emphasized the need for preventive measures in all countries and mentioned education as part of this. He also mentioned the need for measures to counter terrorist hate speech and propaganda online:
“We need to do more to help lift up voices of tolerance and peace, especially online”. That’s why the United States is joining, for example, with the UAE to create a new digital communications hub to work with religious and civil society and community leaders to counter terrorist propaganda,” Obama said.

Source: European Wergeland Centre

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Charter for All! - German and Portuguese translations published

We are happy to announce the publication of the first German version of the „Charter for All“ on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education as well as the Guidelines for Educators. In the context of the EU-funded project „EDC for All“:  The german version is being compiled by planpolitik, a portuguese version will be published soon! They are the first products of the EDC for ALL project and many others will follow in the coming months. We are happy to provide the PDF the German version of the charter as well as the guidelines for educators for downloading. Additionally, you can order the printed version directly with
the portuguese version you can order at 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

EUCIS-LLL reaction to TTIP: New position paper "Why Education should be excluded from TTIP"

On 4 February 2015, EUCIS-LLL participated in the two stakeholder events focused on the TTIP negotiations. We were invited to a meeting with MEP Helga Trüpel (Greens/EFA, DE) together with EAEA, EUA and ETUCE, where we discussed about the position of education in the TTIP negotiations. At the Stakeholders event of the 8th Round of TTIP Negotiations organised by the European Commission, EUCIS-LLL reminded the chief EU and the US negotiatiors, Ignacio Garcia-Bercero and Dan Mullaney, that education is a public good and a human right. We stressed the need to explicitly carve-out education from the negotiations as for the audio-visual sector based on the public interest in preserving and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity. You can read our new position paper on "Why Education should be excluded from TTIP" on EUCIS-LLL website.