Monday, 31 July 2017

STEPS - Survival Toolkit for EDC in Postfactual Societies - first project workshop

Is Youth Work in Europe challenged by populist movements, by post-truth and by radicalisation?

The first meeting of the STEPS project took place from 08-11.June 2017 at the youth educational centre wannseeForum, Berlin.
26 youth workers who are actively working on EDC/HRE with young people in 16 countries met in order to develop a common frame and understanding of what we name as populist challenge to EDC/HRE.
All over Europe we face the rise of so- called populist/national movements who promote a view on the world which can be characterized as white- supremacy, racist- ideology driven and is heavily contesting any views on society which build on a positive vision of inclusive, diverse, peaceful and HR embracing societies in Europe.
In some countries these ideas are already governmental reality: the comrades Orban, Kaczyński and their adepts actively undermining any ideas and work that develop pluralist based view on society with a EU that is rather helpless in counteracting, in a lot of countries with parties and movements already in power positions on the regional and local levels.

These anti-democratic views are not only a political phenomenon but also are promoted by vital parts of people in our societies as a whole, thus heavily challenge  democratic decision finding.
What are the societal manifestations of these developments, what are the reasons behind, how does social media influence these developments, are the challenges we face in 16 countries in Europe comparable at all, do they have any things in common or are there points of differences? Are the keywords of populism, post-factualism, radicalisation the right indicators to look for to develop means or are they just symbolising developments that have caused a lack of trust in our societies and forms of decision making in different fields? Are we capably as educators and do we have the expertise and capacity to work out adequate educational concepts if eg. the EUC defines in its recommendation youth work as sector to counteract these phenomena or is this just a vademecum?
What means do we identify to work from a perspective on non-formal EDC/HRE with young people on these challenges?
A lot of questions to lead interesting debates, but also a lot of challenges not to get confused and to define concrete STEPS that lead us through this ambitious project.
What expertise do we already have in our organisations and what do we lack in order to better tackle the issue?

Friday, 14 July 2017

Competendo - open tools for facilitators at DARE general assembly

During the DARE general assembly the Open Source platform COMPETENDO presented their tools for facilitators. Competendo is committed to education for the development of key competencies with a focus on civic competencies. Competendo connects and empowers facilitators of different backgrounds and in diverse fields of education. COMPETENDO is partnering with DARE.


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Conference “Speak up Step up” - European youth work empowering young people’s democratic values & active citizenship

JUGEND für Europa in cooperation with SALTO SEE and Erasmus+ Youth in Action National Agencies, invites you to a European conference that will consider the practice, impact and future role of Erasmus+ Youth in Action in promoting democratic values and attitudes and active citizenship among young people in Europe. The aim of the conference is to reinforce the role and impact of Erasmus+ Youth in Action in the promotion of active citizenship and common European values including pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality, in view of the aims of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme and those expressed in the Paris Declaration.

Date and Place: 16.-18. October 2017 in Berlin

The conference will welcome up to 100 participants from all over Europe. More information and application you’ll find on the SALTO webpage.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The DARE network welcomes two new member organisations

At its General Assembly on 8th June 2017 in  Berlin the members of the DARE network accepted two new member organisations as full members:

Romania: Gutenberg Association - Organisation of German speaking Students: a student organisation from Cluj -Napoca that is conducting various EDC activities with young people:

Estonia: Society for Estonian Civics Teachers - a teachers association aiming at the development of awareness for the importance of knowledge and skills in civic education:

Both new members bring to the network valuable experience and background from the fields of youth initiativs and/or  teacher training and as such help strenghtening the scope and capacity of the DARE network.

DARE and the DARE members look forward to a fruitful cooperation and collaboration.