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 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
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: