Tuesday, 30 June 2015

NECE Conference 2015 “´Us` and ´Them`: Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World” - Call for Papers and Projects

To prepare the NECE Conference 2015 “´Us` and ´Them`: Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World”, the NECE Network is launching a call for projects and papers. Interested parties from NGOs, foundations, associations, multipliers and responsible bodies from schools, non-formal and informal citizenship education as well as from cultural education entities from all over Europe and North Africa are invited to submit proposals for the presentation of their work in the accompanying project market and/ or academic papers. The organizers of the NECE Conference will choose a selected number of papers / projects from the submissions. Successful projects / papers will be included in the programme development and they will contribute to the participative character of the event. Selected submissions might also be invited to the workshops at the NECE Conference 2015.

The focus of the submissions should be the causes, processes and consequences of “othering” for citizenship education. The projects / models / ideas / academic papers should refer to the three central thematic areas of the conference and illustrate their connection to civic education:

“The EU in Crisis”: The impact of Europe’s economic and political division, which has triggered discourses fuelled by fears and dissociation in the core countries of the EU and nationalistic and populist movements in core countries as well as in the southern periphery of the EU.
“´The West` and the ´Islamic World`”: The perception of a clash of civilizations between the ‘West’ and the ‘Islamic World’ which is leading to dangerous developments on both sides of the Mediterranean.
“Russia, Ukraine and ´the West`”: The repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the challenges for civil society in Eastern Europe and Russia to cope with situations of war and ideological and nationalist regression and hatred.

Please, find attached the entry conditions, terms and deadlines as well as the programme.

We are looking forward to your participation!

E-Mail: nece-call@lab-concepts.de
Web: www.lab-concepts.de

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Call for papers - 6th International Human Rights Education Conference (Middelburg, 17-19 December 2015)

Dear Colleagues,
The Organizing Committee of the 6th annual International Human Rights Education Conference, “Translating Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms to Today’s World”, warmly welcomes submissions for panel and paper proposals for presentation at the conference.
In 1941, at the height of the World War II, US President Franklin Roosevelt famously called for the protection of four essential human freedoms everywhere in the world: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These freedoms were an inspiration in the writing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, drafted over two years by the Commission on Human Rights under the chairmanship of Eleanor Roosevelt. Since its adoption in December 1948, the Universal Declaration has sparked struggles for social justice all over the world. At the same time, Roosevelt’s four freedoms are still far from realization – in many corners of the world.
Human rights education (HRE) has often been identified as the key connection between the lofty language in human rights treaties and a more just global and local order. Education is key in strengthening knowledge of human rights, supporting them and developing skills to realize them. Since the start of the UN Decade of Human Rights Education twenty years ago, enormous strides have been made in this field. At the same time, many questions remain. To what extent, in today’s context of globalization and fragmentation, can human rights be translated into local action? What gets lost in claims for human rights? How to introduce human rights-based approaches in fields such as health care, education and combating poverty?
The International Human Rights Education Conference is an annual event that brings together experts and scholars of human rights education from all over the world. Past conference speakers include Nobel Peace Prize winners, government ministers and ombudsmen from various countries, members of regional and international organizations, senior government officials, and scholars from leading universities and research centers and civil society. After earlier editions in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Taiwan and the United States, the 6th edition of the International Human Rights Education Conference will take place in the Netherlands.
The conference has a number of objectives. For one, it seeks to support and promote the United Nations’ objectives in HRE. Second, it seeks to critically assess the way in which objectives in the field of human rights education can be translated into practices, for different groups, and in different educational contexts. Here, as a third objective, the conference seeks to highlight the role that specific actors can play in this process. A final, more historical objective is to assess the connection between Roosevelt’s four freedoms and human rights today.
The conference will be held in the medieval city of Middelburg which is conveniently located between Brussels, the heart of the European Union, and The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. Middelburg is the capital of Zeeland, the province from which the Roosevelt family emigrated, and it hosts the International Four Freedoms Awards every other year. The conference will include excursions to the international tribunals in The Hague and to the liberation route, commemorating World War II.
Further information can be found on the conference website: www.ihrec2015.org
Participants are welcome to propose their own panels, with a minimum of four papers, to organize a session with a specific working group or network, or to submit individual paper proposals. We particularly welcome papers on the following themes:
      1.     Global trends in human rights education
  • Education for global citizenship and human rights education
  • Translating the UN framework on human rights education into practice

    2.     Analyzing key actors in human rights education
  • Equipping educators for human rights education
  • Human rights education and the state
  • The role of non-state actors in human rights education
  • The role of professional organizations in human rights education
  • The role of human rights museums and memorials in human rights education
  • National human rights institutions and human rights education
  • Human rights cities and human rights education at the local level
  • National action plans – a comparative perspective
      3.     Current themes in human rights education
  • Critical human rights education
  • The use of new media in human rights education 
  • Holocaust education
  • Human rights education and anti-radicalization: critical perspectives
  • Education around specific themes, like children’s rights, women’s rights, rights of minorities, and racial discrimination
       4.     The practice of human rights education
  • The pedagogics of human rights education
  • Translating the Roosevelt legacy into educational practices
  • Measuring the impact of human rights education – empirical examples
  • The vernacularization of human rights
  • Human rights in higher education

Instructions for the submission of abstracts and panels
  1. For individual papers, abstracts of 250 words are expected by September 6, 2015. The abstract should include a title, the name of the author(s) and their institutional affiliation with the country concerned (these do not count towards the word count).
  2. For panels, a general description of 200 words, and a minimum of four abstracts of 250 words, are expected by September 6, 2015. Panel proposals should also include a moderator.
  3. Should you wish to organize a special session with a network, please contact the conference organizers before September 6, 2015.
  4. Abstracts should be sent to IHREC-2015@hrea.org and will be reviewed for their relevance, academic merit, and timeliness. Authors will be notified by email before September 28.
Please submit any questions regarding this call for papers to Laelia Dard-Dascot at ldarddascot@ucr.nl.

Registration for the conference
The conference is open to anyone interested in human rights education. The registration process will start in the second week of July.
Prof. Barbara Oomen, Dean, University College Roosevelt
Frank Elbers, Executive Director, HREA

Thursday, 25 June 2015

ENGAGE routemap

ENGAGE - Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship - is on its process to create a European interactive, innovative, pedagogical and multilingual module on education for citizenship for pupils aged 8-12 and their teachers.

How is this process going to happen?

ENGAGE is shaped following Nine main steps:

1) Setting-up the national consortiums (or « working groups ») and making a national need assessment: each partner, except DARE Network, is in charge of setting-up a national consortium.
The national consortium are cross-sectoral.
Composition : the national lead organization ; one or several scools and teachers representing the formal education sector ;
one academic researcher expert on the issue of education for citizenship ; one public authority (local, regional or national).

Missions : it will conduct a national need assessment in the field of education for citizenship, via a theoritical and empirical study. The results of this study will be summarized in a paper. This paper will help us define the content of the European learning material.
Moreover, the national consortium will have to train at least 15 teachers (ideally 5 in 3 schools) to use the learning material on education for citizenship. This will enable our learning material to undergo a phase test in those same schools.
Then, the national consortium will disseminate the results of the project in its own network, and will try to use the material in its diverse activities as much as possible (during trainings, seminars, conferences etc.).
In total, 6 meetings will have to be organized in each member State over two years.

2) Intellectual production : each partner will write a document on the state of education for citizenship in its country, as well as other documents on national specific issues identified during the national need assessment.

3) Translation of the intellectual production in 5 languages ;

4) Creation of the online interactive European learning material on education for citizenship : available in 5 languages, meant to be used by teachers and students aged 8-12.
It will enable teachers to access all the « intellectual production » of the project (one document on education for citizenship per country ; thematic documents ; documents on innovative educational approcaches to use in the classroom...). Students will also use this online platform (interactive workshops in which they can play or work alone or with other students from other schools or countries).
Each partner will participate in the co-construction of the online learning material, which will tackle both European issues and national ones, making it flexible.

5) Teacher training : it will be done by each national coordinator. Ideally, at least 15 teachers will be trained, 5 in 3 schools. The trainings will take place over two days. They will address both the use of the interactive learning material (its educational approach) and the content.

6) Test-phase in schools concucted by national consortiums : each national consortium will target at least three schools. An observer will be sent to analyse this phase. Then, a questionnaire will be sent to teachers and students who took part in this study. The learning material will be modified depending on the results of this phase.

7) Launching event in Paris : all partners will be present, as well as teachers involved in the creation of the learning material. We will have with us national education inspectors, representatives from youth and popular education structures, from the Ligue de l'Enseignement, the European Civic Forum, the French Education Ministry, the European Commission, the European Parliament Education and Culture Commission, the Council of Europe etc.

8) Dissemination and promotion of our production : the DARE Network will be in charge of promoting our production at the European level.
Each partner will also have to disseminate it within its network.

9) European meetings to mutualize the results and conclusions drawn at the national level by the national consortiums: four meetings take place over two years.
The first in Paris to shape the process of the project and agree on the consortiums compositions; 
The second in Madrid to put together the theoretical and empirical needs assessments and start the learning material production process; 
The third in Warsaw to put together the intellectual productions and start the testing process;
The forth in Strassbourg to share the final results and celebrate.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Meet the ENGAGE partnership (2/2)

ENGAGE - Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship.

The project ENGAGE is a partnership between eight organizations in seven EU member states.

As we started showing you last week, we will continue with the rest of the members of the ENGAGE partnership, in these case, the three of them DARE members:

Organization name: polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools

Country: Austria

Contact person: Maria Haupt & Elisabeth Turek

polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools is the central education service institution for citizenship education in schools. The centre helps teachers to bring citizenship and human rights education into the classroom, serves as an information platform and advisory centre, develops new materials for the classroom on a regular basis, plays a part in the European and Austrian discussions on citizenship education, has an influential role in teacher training and organizes events for students.
With the activities on offer, polis supports skills- and competence-oriented teaching, the aim of which is a political awareness, which the student has reached through careful deliberation. In this respect, it is not primarily a question of the acquisition of the broadest possible range of knowledge, but of learning activities, which enable the student to learn about, think about and deal with political themes. The activities are therefore linked to the lives and experiences of the students themselves.
Organisation name:  Cives Foundation
Country: Spain
Contact person: Edurne Grau

Cives Foundation promotes civic and ethical education, based on the tradition of secular humanism and pluralism. Its board is composed by teachers, professors, and experts involved in the educational community. Cives believes in education as an important tool to create citizens with strong democratic values based on solidarity, critical thinking, interculturallity and tolerance.
Cives was founded and shares board with the NGO ‘Liga Española de la Educación y la Cultura Popular’. All of our actions are base on the pillars of secularism, solidarity and citizenship.

Organisation name: Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB) e.V.
Country: Germany
Contact person: Georg Pirker

Website: www.adb.de
AdB is an association made up of approximately 170 continuing education centres throughout Germany with various profiles - youth education centres, adult education centres, academies, Europe centres, educational centres of party-related foundations and international encounter centres. As a whole these independent educational organisations represent a wide spectrum of various training offers as well as organisational structures. The Association of German Educational Organisations (AdB) was founded in 1959 as a registered association. The educational organisations which comprise the AdB are represented by individual members. AdB is a pluralistic, content-independent association that offers to its members comprehensive information on the association and civic education, concrete assistance and a forum for international exchange on the basis of its non-partisan expertise and wide spectrum of subjects covered. AdB is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
AdB aims to preserve and promote civic education as an important element of democracy. Democracy is not only a form of government, but needs to be experienced and promulgated in the daily lives of citizens. Civic education is a training field for democracy. Through their training offers, the member organisations of the association strive to motivate and enable citizens to recognize the relationship between political framework conditions and their own lives, play an active role in public affairs and participate in the making of society and political processes. The member organisations see themselves as places of encounter between people of different cultures, demographic groups and worlds. As a specialised organisation of civic education AdB fosters an exchange of information and experience, training and a joint representation of interests in the area of civic education. AdB actively contributes professional discussions on civic education and advocates a European Educational Network for Human Rights and Democracy. AdB is commited the realisation of equal opportunities in all fields of work.
AdB provides: a forum for the analysis of the fundamental and current questions and problems of youth and adult education; working groups, in which key points of various fields of work are debated, positions are formulated, educational tools are developed and information on training, youth, didactic and economic contents is presented; further training possibilities via conferences and workshops at which important themes are treated and discussed with experts; we organize and conduct bi-national and international specialised programmes for staff in youth work. At present AdB cooperates with partner organisations in Israel, Russia, Portugal, Poland, Mongolia, Tunisia and is active in various european bodies aiming for supporting training projects for the set-up of democratic education; AdB also supports trainers through governmental funding who form a working group, in which innovative models of political youth training are developed.
In Germany AdB cooperates with similar associations and is represented in numerous political bodies of youth and adult education targeting to national and international levels. In addition AdB is a member of: the Working Society for Youth Assistance in Germany (AGJ), the German Federal Committee for Political and Civic Education, which we also manage (bap), the DARE network (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe), the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE), the European Association of Adult Education (EAEA), the International Youth Exchange Service (IJAB) and the House of Youth Work in Germany
AdB offers information on education for democratic cooperaton/human rights education (EDC/HRE) activities in its quarterly magazine entitled "Außerschulische Bildung", in which the main points of civic education and the debate on current educational issues is fostered from the perspective of non-formal educational practice. Furthermore, AdB documents individual projects and areas of work in numerous brochures and reports.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Meet the ENGAGE partnership (1/2)

ENGAGE - Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship.

The project ENGAGE is a partnership between eight organizations in seven EU member states.

During this and a second blog entry we will introduce you to the ENGAGE project members:

Organisation name:   Association Civisme et Démocratie - CIDEM

Country: France

Contact person: Pauline Bozec

Website: www.cidem.org

CIDEM is the project coordinator of ENGAGE.

The association CIDEM (Civism and Democracy) was founded in 1984 with the ambition to encourage youngsters to use their voting right and be active citizens. Since then, CIDEM has evolved into a reference resource center dedicated to all those who wish to engage in promoting civic responsibility in their neighbourhood, school or community. We develop exhibitions, educational leaflets and posters on a wide range of issues such as the EU, the environment, democracy, equality and the fight against discrimination, history and memory.

CIDEM is actively engaged in three fields of activity: the promotion of citizenship education, the encouragement of citizens’ participation in democratic life and the development of European citizenship.

To achieve these goals, CIDEM has formed several partnerships with major actors in education: the French Education Ministry, the Defense Ministry, la Ligue de l’Enseignement (the main non-formal education organization in France) but also the European Civic Forum, the Robert Bosch Foundation and other civil society organizations.

Organisation name: La Ligue de l’enseignement de Bourgogne

Country: France

Contact person: Emmanuelle Allais

Website: www.laliguebourgogne.org
France is our member country with two partner organizations. Together with CIDEM as project coordinator, La ligue de l'enseignement de Bourgogne, the league of the education of Bourgogne, takes care of the implementation of the project locally in France and of the dissemination of the result in their national network.

Founded in 1866, the movement of la Ligue de l’enseignement is one of France’s largest organization in non-formal education. It gathers 25,000 associations in 102 local and 22 regional federations with the common aims of training responsible citizens, fighting against all inequalities and building a fairer and more independent society. It aims to guarantee access to education for everyone and further promotes a secular society, solidarity among citizens and active citizenship.

La Ligue de l’enseignement de Bourgogne is the regional union and local representative of the movement who is gathering 800 associations and over 29000 members.

Our project is to invite citizens to join in order to :

  • Understand nowadays’ changes
  • Contribute to the evolution of our society and to its improvement
  • Promote the construction of a political and social Europe
  • Get involved in the sustainable and social development of our planet

It acts everywhere against inequalities and discriminations to build a fairer and more inclusive society based on the principle of “living together”

Organisation name: Volunteering Matters/ Volonteurope

Country: UK

Contact person: James Moon


Volunteering Matters, formerly known as CSV, is a national charity leading UK volunteering in policy and practice.

We know that people are experiencing social isolation and huge inequalities in their communities. We also know that by investing in people through volunteering we can reduce inequalities and isolation to build stronger more inclusive communities.

By focussing on four areas of work; disabled people, older people, young people and families we inspire our committed and ambitious volunteers to power change in their communities. We do this by delivering targeted, innovative and professional programmes nationwide. Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate to build strong and inclusive communities.

Volonteurope is an international network promoting the values and principles of volunteering, active citizenship and social justice at a local, regional, national and European level, both in the Member States of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

The network is registered in the Netherlands while its Secretariat is hosted and supported by Volunteering Matters, the UK’s leading volunteering charity in policy and practice.

We seek to implement innovative approaches to encouraging Active European Citizenship across the continent. We do this by facilitating the exchange of information, good practices, cooperation and capacity‐building, through seminars, conferences, Active Citizens of Europe (ACE) Awards and research, as well as development of effective partnerships amongst our members, associates, as well as other partners in Europe. Through joint efforts, we engage in campaigns and lobbying activities at all levels.