Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A Look Back: Together against Xenophobia in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In 2016 the Multicultural Centre Prague in collaboration with Nansen Dialogue Center Mostar held together a project empowering youth in Herzegovina to carry on their small projects.  Around 50 secondary school students from cities of Mostar, Stolac, Čitluk and Jablanica took part in a four-days training in June that equipped them with practical tools on how to develop their own project. In upcoming months following the training, together with the support of their teachers the students independently created 7 own small-scale projects:
  • prepared benches in Mostar and Stolac that helps young people to gather and chitchat in places where there was no place to sit
  • grew herbs and flowers with help of a local supported employment centre
  • helped to make their school accesible for their schoolmate on a wheelchair
  • distributed cotton bags with information on recyling and information on nature protection
  • made a graffiti on wall with a topic of human rights

The project Together against Xenophobia was realized with kind support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic through Transition Promotion Programme.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

"A pen for Europe" - Erasmus students give their vision of the European Union

Art and writing project to celebrate the Erasmus programme’s 30th anniversary in 2017

The project is inviting students and participants to the Erasmus+ programme to take part in an artistic and journalistic project to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the programme. Entitled "A pen for Europe" the project allows participants to publish an artistic work (caricature, drawing, painting) and/or an article, a photo/video/radio/TV report expressing their opinion, their questions, and what they expect of the EU in a globalized world, on the basis of their Erasmus experience.  

Participants are asked to answer the following questions: 
On the basis of your Erasmus experience… 
• What has the European Union given you? 
• What do you expect of the European Union? 
• How can the European Union meet the challenges set by today’s society?

The CARICATURES, ARTICLES and VIDEO REPORTS produced are published on: www.apen4.eu 

To know more about the project and how to take part:  http://www.apen4.eu/join-us/

Coordinator: André Bossuroy
E-mail: aboss@skynet.be  T+3219632663
With the support from the European Parliament and in partnership with Erasmus+ Agencies and students networks in Europe.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

report on DARE activities and involvements in 2016

To run a non-funded network with the aim to strategically advocate for EDC/HRE always means to compromise and cooperate. Therefore again we are surprised what our members and board colleagues have done within and on behalf of DARE in 2016! The DARE network cooperates with a lot of different partners in and outside the membership!


In 2016 policy papers were drafted and communicated on the following topics:

» DARE position to the Post-Paris-Process in Europe (April 2016) [pdf, 200 kb]

» DARE on the Joint Report on the Implementation of the Strategic Framework for European cooperation in Education and Training (ET 2020) - a non-formal Education for Democratic Citizenship perspective (April 2016) [pdf, 430 kb]

» Learning democracy with children aged 8-12: Horizons – Needs – Obstacles – Opportunities  http://engage-edc.eu/download/1_ENGAGE_Recommendations.pdf

On several activities relevant for European EDC/HRE work DARE was present and made contributions, namely

·         FRA – Fundamental Rights Forum Vienna, 19-23. June (Borislava Daskalova, BNHRE chair of DARE) FRA Meeting in Vienna – 19-23rd of June 2016
DARE was present  in the following workshops: Culture of Human Rights Now;  Empowering rights holders – focus on LGBT communities; Fundamental rights in crisis – refugee integration.
Two inputs were presented: on Human Rights Education`s importance of migrant and refugee integration, covering the perspectives and leaning needs of the hosting and migrant communities; on the gaps between formal and non-formal EDC and HRE in Eastern Europe, specifically when it comes to the issues of gender, minorities or refugees.

·         Lifelonglearning Platform GA, Bratislava, 30. May- 1. June (Borislava Daskalova, BNHRE, chair of DARE)
DARE was presented during one of the workshop with the EDC for all project.
Various options for partnership within the Platform and development of new projects have been discussed.  Following that, several organizations received information about possible membership in DARE and I hope this could be an option for enlargement of our network.
A conversation was held with the Head of the Grants Department of Vishegrad Fund, Mr. Sykora, concerning opportunities for DARE to apply for HRE projects in partnership with Vishegrad countries.
As a follow up of the event, DARE proposed and carried out a session in the LLLP week in Brussels (10-13 October 2016).

·         High Level Colloquium on "Promoting inclusion and fundamental values through education - A way to prevent violent radicalisation" organised by the European Commission (Directorate General for Education and Culture) on 26 May 2016  During the colloquium the impulses for a follow up of the Paris declaration were shared and debated. From specific importance for the DARE network was an emphasis on the interconnectedness between formal, informal and non-formal education. Therefore schools need to open themselves and be part of local coalitions between for young people relevant stakeholders in society and education providers. All together need to build inclusive learning environments where citizenship as a key competence may be developed and civil engagement practicized. Nils-Eyk Zimmermann attended the meeting on behalf of the DARE network and shared DARES position paper to the Paris Declaration.

·         COE HRE Forum Budapest 4-8. October 2016
The 3rd Compass Forum on Human Rights Education aims at strengthening the quality, recognition and outreach of human rights education with young people in the Council of Europe. It has the following objectives:
·          To evaluate achievements since the 2nd Forum and discuss recent developments in the understanding and practices of human rights education with young people
·          To prepare and contribute to the review of the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on EDC/HRE with input from the youth and NGOs sectors
·          To address challenges and future goals for human rights education, especially through youth policy and youth work
·          To make proposals for the further development and sustainability of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in the Council of Europe
·          To support exchange and cooperation between stakeholders from formal and non-formal education fields concerned with EDC/HRE
·          To enhance the recognition of the role of young people and youth work in EDC/HRE.
DARE members were vitally involved in the Forum and contributed to several Workshops as resource persons, rapporteurs, discussants, namely:
·          WS Access to power: participation and citizenship, facilitated by Mark Ludwig (Advisory Council on Youth);  resource person: Matia Losego (Dinamo, Portugal)
·          WS Crisis of democratic culture and nationalism, facilitated by Anca-Ruxandra Pandea (Council of Europe Youth Department);  rapporteur Georg Pirker (AdB);
·          Panel: Global development for human rights education, Frank Elbers (Human Rights Education Associates)
·          WS Mainstreaming human rights education in youth work, Georg Pirker (AdB)
·          WS Advocacy for human rights education, Matia Losego (dinamo)
·          WS Perspectives and opportunities in and for human rights education with young people -   roundtable with stakeholders and partners of the International Contact Group on Citizenship and Human Rights Education, Frank Elbers (HREA)

LLL- Week Brussels 10-14th October
Policy panel: Intercultural and citizenship education - Non formal learning approaches to advance the Paris process
One year and a half has passed since the Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education was adopted by EU Education Ministers in Paris. So far, the measures put in place by governments to advance the process started in Paris are mostly targeting formal education, namely by including the compulsory subject “citizenship education” in the curricula. But this means leaving out an important part of educational providers and stakeholders, and not implementing the Paris vision in the many learning environments. Indeed, non-formal learning approaches should be recognized within and outside school to make sure citizenship and intercultural education are learned in practice. Also, educators should be provided with innovative and experiential learning tools to develop these competences. 
This event aims to assess the implementation of the Paris declaration so far, especially at national level, and provide examples of how non formal learning approaches in the field of intercultural citizenship and human rights education can contribute to the process.
For DARE Nils-Eyk Zimmermann (MitOst) and Evgenia Kholroltseva (Menneskerethigetsakademiet NO) participated as resource persons to the policy panel/Workshop, which was co-organized by EFIL and the DARE network.

NECE 2016 Zagreb: 10.-12. November
The cooperation with the NECE platform is well established, again in 2016 DARE is organizing key advocacy sections within the NECE conference.
Also several DARE members are active in the NECE focus groups which work on specific questions of EDC in a European context.

Ø  Poster session on ENGAGE and Open Space Workshop on DARE at the Marketplace (Ramon Martinez)

Ø  Education Policy Panel: Future trends and programmes on citizenship education 12. Nov 2016
By focusing on the current key processes in European education policy the panel will address the question of what NGO´s as citizenship educational providers can do in their work with the European policy frames. How to advance these processes from the perspective of their educational work?
Policy frames: review process of the Council of Europe Charter on EDC/HRE; the process of drafting a recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member States on Youth Work; EU-Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education (March 2015).
, David Kerr, University of Bristol (UK), Sogol Noorani, Eurydice, Yulia Pererva, Council of Europe (COE), Vedrana Spajić-Vrkaš*, University of Zagreb (Croatia), moderator: Georg Pirker, DARE

Summerschool, “Education for social change - Together against realities of racism and exclusion in our societies", educational approaches for HRE/EDC in youth work,  28.08. 04.09.2016, Werneuchen (DE), in cooperation with EduNET.

WRITE & ACT// Publications (print and online):

Time- consuming but important: evidence from non-formal EDC /HRE work. As there is no publication channels on a European level, at the DARE BLUE LINES PUBLICATIONS remain one of the very few free to use European series on non-formal EDC/HRE work.

DARE BLUE LINES » “EDC for All: Qualifying and Mainstreaming Education for Democratic Citizenship in Europe”, (Feb. 2016) [pdf, 1,6 MB]

DARE BLUE LINES: ENGAGE - learning democracy with children aged 8-12 (Vol. I) [http://engage-edc.eu/download/ENGAGE_learning_democracy_web.pdf       

DARE BLUE LINES: ENGAGE  - learning democracy with children aged 8-12 VOL II

Website and blog www.dare-network.eu
Website development, maintainance and programming for ENGAGE: www.engage-edc.eu 
(coop. with Pharos e.V.)

Newsletter e-DARE
We did not regularly issue the newsletter e-DARE due to a lack of capacity devoted to advanced project involvements and service.

COLLABORATE & PARTNER UP//Ongoing Projects & project perspectives:

Involvement in ENGAGE Project (publications and advocacy work) www.engage-edc.eu

applications handed in for
·          Main applicant: ACES project (Erasmus+ KA 3) – rejected
·          Partner: Youth4DEM (Horizon2020) – rejected

·          DARE General Assembly, strategy and advocacy workshops, 28-29.Nov. Rome
·          Board work, board meetings and statutory reporting

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

24th EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2017: Intersections – San Sebastian, Spain

The 24th EUROCLIO Annual Conference & Professional Development and Training Course "Intersections: How Can History Education Change Today?" will take place on 2 - 7 April 2017, in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. The conference will be co-organized by the Spanish Association of History and Geography Teachers (AEPHG) and the Basque Network of Schools (Ikastolen Elkartera).

Conference "Intersections: How Can History Education Change Today?" addresses the key question in the context of our dynamic and challenging world. Looking through the theme Local vs. Global it wishes to go beyond the most evident communities of all, the nation, and explore the role of history in the shaping of local and global communities and identities. Another theme, Past vs. Present will be discussed in the relation to history education and current affairs. With the ongoing series of crises, embedded in global developments, what is the role and responsibility of history, heritage and citizenship educators in bridging all these complex current affairs with history?

Specific topics that will be the subject for workshops and discussion, include European cooperation in historical context, and independence in an interdependent world. The conference will entail a key-note speech by a prominent historian, panel discussions, round-table discussions, workshops, on-site visits, visits to schools and much more.

To learn more about conference tickets, programme, logistics, and regular updates please visit the event page: euroclio.eu/sansebastian

Monday, 28 November 2016

New: Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education

New: Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education

How does combining history learning and human rights education facilitate the further development of these approaches and the empowerment of learners? And what would such a combination look like in educational practice?

This handbook is for educators at secondary schools, in university level teacher training, at museums and memorial sites as well as in non-formal education. It offers theoretical and practice-oriented perspectives on combinations of history learning and human rights education. The proposed Change approach connects the exploration of human rights related change in the past with the prospect of contributing to change in the present.

The handbook is the result of a joint project by Freie Universität Berlin,
Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) and right now Human Rights Consultancy & Training. The project was funded by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”.

To learn more about the people and project behind the handbook please visit our website www.historyandhumanrights.de. There you will also find chapters 3 and 4 for downloading free of charge.

Martin Lücke, Felisa Tibbitts, Else Engel, Lea Fenner (Ed.) (2016): Change – Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education for Educators in Formal, Non-Formal and Higher Education. Wochenschau Verlag, Schwalbach/Ts.

208 p., ISBN 978-3-7344-0390-3 (Print), ISBN 978-3-7344-0391-0 (PDF)

You can order the Change handbook directly from the publisher, on various online portals and at your local book store.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

ENGAGE - learning democracy with children aged 8 - 12

How do children aged 8 -12 years learn democracy in Europe? The project ENGAGE aims at identifying success conditions for learning democracy and citizenship education with children and tries to compare the different settings in all countries.
The publication "ENGAGE - learning democracy with children aged 8 - 12 (vol. I)" comprises six national analyses (AT, FR, DE, PL, ESP, UK), identifies common key findings and gives concrete recommendations to advance the situation.
Given the fact that the relevant policies in the 6 participating countries largely differ in their scope, back- up and aims, this study is one of the first European studies that gives a rather qualitative view on the topic as it provides some multi-perspective views backed with interviews from the sphere of non-formal and formal educational practice, youth work and childrens right work.

Volume II of the book will be issued in the near future and give a concrete view on the methods and existing practises.

All parts of the study and the full report can be downloaded from the website www.engage-edc.eu.
The report is published under the DARE BLUE LINES publication series and is free for use.

The project ENGAGE has been funded with support from the EU-ERASMUS+ programme |2014-1-FR01-KA200-008747|. This publication reflects the views of the authors only and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

World Forum for Democracy 2016

Tomorrow the World Forum for Democracy 2016 kicks off in Strasbourg. OpenDemocracy kick-started the debate on what education can do for democracy and what democracy can do for education with a great series of articles: https://www.opendemocracy.net/wfd.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

70 years - 70 choirs sing human rights 2018

About the project
70 years – 70 choirs sing human rights 2018 is a project for choirs to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). You can read it, but you can also sing it.
The singers of at least 70 choirs will lift their voice for human rights while singing human rights. They voice every human right – their and everyone’s human rights. Your choir can be part of this project and be one of the first choirs performing this new piece of music for the first time.
In 2018 70 choirs will perform 70 concerts at 70 venues world wide, singing the UDHR accompanied by a symphony orchestra. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the UDHR. The composer Axel Christian Schullz, set the original wording of the UN document to music. Catchy tunes for a legal document which describes the rights and freedoms every human being in the world owns.
In April 2018 all conductors of the participating choirs meet in Berlin, Germany to talk about the work and about human rights, and to premiere the piece under the baton of the composer.
On Dec. 10th 2018 – the “birthday” – all sheet music will be made freely available for everyone online. Then anyone can download, perform and rearrange these human rights compositions.
The German UNSECO Committee recommended the project already for support, but to realize the project creative ideas and support are needed…

Here you find some examples how HR sound:
You can find more descriptions  in various language versions here:

here is a list of current ambassadors of the project:
more information on "Sing Human Rights":

Axel Chr. Schullz – initiator, composer and projectmanagement