Monday, 19 October 2015

Origins of Human Rights

Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History at Harvard University, published "On the origins of human rights" in eutopia, the "Ideas for Europe Magazine": 
"The recent crisis over refugees is a valuable reminder of a dark past that Europeans often like to forget. In so many ways, especially since the end of the Cold War, Europeans have celebrated human rights as their most impressive contribution to world affairs. It was tempting to see, rather than the fundamental European contributions of capitalism and power politics, human rights as most expressive of the continent’s spirit. The truth, of course, is otherwise."

Friday, 16 October 2015

The new DARE board is elected

At the General Assembly 2015, held on 29th September in Oslo the DARE members elected a new board.

from left toright:
Ms Viviana De Paola, board member  (EIP Italy), Ms Borislava Daskalova, DARE chairperson (Bulgarian Network for Human Rights Education, 2nd from left), Mr Matia Losego, board member (dinamo, Portugal) Mr Sulev Valdmaa, treasurer (Jan Tönissöni Institute, Estonia), Ms Lillian Hjorth, board secretary (HR Academy, Norway), Ms Tanveer Parnez, vice-chair, (BEMIS UK). The new board will meet from 8-9 november 2015 in Berlin for its first session and clarify responsiblities and tasks.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Climate Change and Human Rights

In this TED Talk, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland (1990-1997) and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), makes the case for climate justice: "Climate change is the biggest threat for human rights in the 21st century." 2015 is a decisive year...

Friday, 2 October 2015

ENGAGE members materials - polis – The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools

ENGAGE - Building together European learning material on Education for Citizenship

We continue the blog entries with materials connected with ENGAGE created by the members of the consortium.

Polis, Austrian member of ENGAGE, is the central education service institution for citizenship education in schools in Austria.


This is their Best Practice Archive on citizenship education: Within the online database of the best practice archive provided by Zentrum polis, teachers and multipliers find teaching suggestions, lesson plans and practical ideas for projects that can be carried out in the classroom.

The entries can be sorted according to topics and school levels. In addition, a keyword search feature is also available. The data base comprises topics such as “children´s rights”, “human rights”, “education for sustainable development”, “”European citizenship education”, “remembrance”, “economic and consumer education” and much more.

There are about 25 of examples for "classroom exercises / lesson plans/ practical ideas" on children´s rights in their Best Practice Archive. About 15 of these examples would suit ENGAGE projects age group 8-12 years. These are some examples of them.

What all children do need.

This is a group working method. In groups of two, students compile a list of things they can´t go without in their life. Afterwards these lists are compared in class and discussed within the whole group.

“Guessing rights”:

One after another, students draw or mime children´s rights and the other students try to guess which right is being shown:

“All children work”:

The exercise encourages the students to deal with different forms of work – e.g. working for a living, helping in the family or with friends and exploitation.

A day in the life of Uanda:

 Students read a story about the everyday life of a girl named Uanda, living in Nicaragua, and compare their own daily routine with the routine of children living in other countries.

This toolbox with practical examples was one of the examples from our Austrian member creations, in the next blog entry we will continue with more of the partners.