Thursday, 26 February 2015

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.