Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Does good evidence make good education policy? - a perspective from Euridyce

In recent decades there has been a strong move towards evidence-based policy making in the public sector. Few education policy-makers today would dare to introduce a reform that is not backed up by data and research evidence. But what is the nature of evidence being used, and can we rely on it to make better policy?

Euridyce has published and interesting view on the topic, link here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/mwikis/eurydice/index.php/Publications:Focus_on:_Does_good_evidence_make_good_education_policy

Thursday, 30 June 2016

International symposium and book launch "Education for Change" (Berlin, 29-30 September 2016)

Dear Colleagues, 

It is our pleasure to invite you to the
International symposium and book launch
»Education for Change«
Combining History Learning and Human Rights Education in Formal, Non-formal and Higher Education
29 & 30 September 2016, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

The symposium on combining history learning and human rights education offers opportunities for exchange with international experts on practices and concepts, for presenting your work and for discussing ideas for continuous exchange.

Educators in secondary school, university based teacher training, at museums and memorial sites as well as in non-formal education have the opportunity to take part in sector specific workshops. Education policy on combined educational approaches will be discussed by a panel.

The book launch will present the two most recent publications on combining history learning and human rights education:
  • Martin Lücke, Felisa Tibbitts, Else Engel, Lea Fenner (Eds.) (2016): Change – Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education in Formal, Non-formal and Higher Education.
  • Claudia Lenz, Sanna Brattland, Lise Kvande (Eds.) (2016): Crossing Borders. Combining Human Rights Education and History Education
Please register here by 1 September 2016 atwww.historyandhumanrights.de

On the website you can find a detailed programme and additional information.

The book launch and the symposium are joint projects of: 

The symposium is funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) as part of its Teaching Human Rights programme.

For questions regarding the book launches and the symposium please contact: Lea Fenner, right now Human Rights Consultancy & Training, email: fenner@right-now.eu

Thursday, 9 June 2016

SAVE the DATE: Crossing Borders. Migration and Citizenship Education in Europe, 10-12 November 2016, Zagreb, Croatia (Lisinski Concert Hall)



We would like to invite you to the NECE 2016 conference, taking place between November 10 and 12 in Zagreb, Croatia. Against the background of a global "refugee crisis" deeply affecting the state of the European Union and its neighbours, NECE 2016 will aim at two areas: Firstly, we will look at the ongoing European response to the issue of migration including the divisions within and between European societies. Secondly the conference will discuss how citizenship education should react to the polarising debate and the controversies about mig! ration, d iversity and identity which have been triggered by the new wave of migration since summer 2015.

According to political scientist Ivan Krastev, there is a clear danger that the "migrants’ revolution" will radically change European politics and the world view of many on the continent towards exclusion and closure. The refugee crisis seems to re-open the gap between the East and the West in Europe and between those who see cosmopolitan values as a threat and those who are struggling to defend these as the core of a new European identity

In order to successfully participate in this debate and add new perspectives, NECE 2016 will address three questions of fundamental relevance for citizenship educators:

- How can societies learn to live with uncertainties in an age of hybrid identities caused by migration and a "world without borders"?
- What kind of competencies, tools and/or projects do we need to d! eal with fears about migration and the future of the "West"?
- And against the background of the current crises: What is our vision of Europe, its values and its future?

Your participation in debating these complex issues is needed and most welcome. A rich variety of workshops and open spaces will enable participants to actively shape the conference. A call for projects to be presented in a project market will be launched by early June.

Amongst others, keynote speakers such as renowned historian and political writer Timothy Garton Ash and Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans are invited to present their views.

Follow us on Twitter and receive the latest news or visit www.nece.eu.

NECE 2016 is organised by the Federal Agency of Civic Education in Germany, the F! ederal Mi nistry of Education and Women’s Affairs in Austria and Pro Demos – House of democracy and the rule of law in cooperation with the CEO – Center for Civic Education in Warsaw, the Centrum Obcanského Vzdelávání – Civic Education Centre, DARE – Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe and the University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Social Sciences. The NECE 2016 conference is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the ERSTE Foundation.

We would be pleased to welcome you in Zagreb. You can find the draft programme and a list of hotels near the venue at www.nece.eu.

Please note that we cannot cover any travel and accommodation costs.The online registration will be opened by mid June.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference management via email: nece-croatia2016@lab-concepts.de

APPLY now for Mapping Memories Summer School - Approaches to transnational commemoration, Tiflis, Georgia from 13 to 17 July 2016!



In this day and age, transnational cooperation and exchange constitute possibilities in commemorative work and also create the prerequisites for well-considered and future-oriented education strategies. The Mapping Memories event series thus continues to support transnational approaches and invites you to join the Summer School from 13 to 17 July 2016 in Tiflis, Georgia!

The Mapping Memories Summer School 2016, organised by the german Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb (DE), invites practitioners involved in commemorative work to network, to undergo method-based advanced training and to engage in practise-! oriented discussions. The event will focus on memories and commemoration within the countries of the Eastern Partnership and beyond. It puts an emphasis on the topics flight, displacement and forced migration. In the field of commemorative culture, it is a matter of taking a closer look at the pitfalls, potential lack of clarity and nuances within one's own work and of testing ways of simplifying transnational cooperation from multiple perspectives. This includes, for instance, a critical reflection of the terminology used in commemorative work and questioning what influence politics of memory have had on the commemorative debate and practical implementation of projects.


Due to its history and geographic location, the city of Tiflis was chosen to become the interactive area of experience and debate. Practical workshop modules are complemented by additional excursions and site visits, organised by local commemoration initiatives.

Who can apply?
Practitioners involved in commemorative work from different European countries. Applications from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian Federation are especially welcome.

You are:
• actively involved in the implementation or planning of commemoration projects with a focus or interest in transnational approaches. Your involvement can be either on a professional level or voluntary/ non-professional,
• especially encouraged to apply if your work focuses on memory culture in countries of the Eastern Partnership or/and the topics flight and forced displacement in historical contexts or may contribute to discussions on the topic,
• proficient in English (the summer school will be conducted in English)
• available for full attendance at the workshop, which will be held in Tiflis, Georgia, ! from 13 J uly (arrival) to 17 July (departure).

How to apply?
Please apply by filling out the online application form on our website. Within your application, you will be asked to indicate your motivation as well as fields of work and personal interests.
Click here for more information and to submit your application: www.bpb.de/mapping-memories

Contact for organisational enquiries
Fink & Fuchs Public Relations AG
Berliner Straße 164
65205 Wiesbaden
Germany
Tel. +49-611-74131-936
Fax +49-611-74131-21
mappingmemories@ffpr.de

Contact for content enquiries
Federal Agency for Civic Education
Nina Schillings
Program Manager/Events Section
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn,Germany
Tel. +49 (0)228 99515-265
Fax  +49 (0)228 99515-309
Nina.Schillings@bpb.de

Monday, 6 June 2016

NGO review on COE Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights - questoinnaire



The Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, adopted in 2010, is an essential document outlining the standards and principles for citizenship and human rights education. The Council of Europe reviews the level of implementation of the Charter in member states every 5 years in order to support reflection and evaluation, identify and share good practices, develop new policies and support measures. A new cycle was initiated in 2016 by both Education and Youth Departments of the Council of Europe and its results will be finalised and made available in 2017.

This questionnaire is part of the review conducted with non-governmental organisations by the Youth Department.  It is addressed to representatives of youth organisations (formally recognised and informal groups) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on human rights education and education for democratic citizenship at local, national and international level.


Needless to say that without your contribution it will not be possible to have accurate information on the situation in member states and to create together policies and programmes that ensure access to human rights education for everyone.
We count on you to complete the questionnaire and to spread it among your networks and partners,

DEADLINE:  June 15th 
 

The questionnaires are available in :
English https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/edchrereview_en
French   https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/edchrereview_fr
Russian https://ru.surveymonkey.com/r/edchrereview_ru

Friday, 3 June 2016

Bookmarks - A manual for combating hatespeech online through human rights education (Revised edition)


This revised edition of Bookmarks has been revised in order to include more information and activities about the Guide to Human Rights for Internet Users ,updated information about the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign and practical proposals of workshops to combat hate speech in both formal and non-formal education context. 

The work of the Council of Europe for democracy is strongly based on education: education in schools, and education as a lifelong learning process of practising democracy, such as in non-formal learning activities. Human rights education and education for democratic citizenship form an integral part of what we have to secure to make democracy sustainable.
Hate speech is one of the most worrying forms of racism and discrimination prevailing across Europe and amplified by the Internet and social media. Hate speech online is the visible tip of the iceberg of intolerance and ethnocentrism. Young people are directly concerned as agents and victims of online abuse of human rights; Europe needs young people to care and look after human rights, the life insurance for democracy.
Bookmarks is published to support the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online. Bookmarks is useful for educators wanting to address hate speech online from a human rights perspective, both inside and outside the formal education system. The manual is designed for working with learners aged 13 to 18 but the activities can be adapted to other age ranges. 


orders here:


Saturday, 28 May 2016

COE Secretary General calls for a Framework convention on education for democracy

STRASBOURG 02 MAY 2016
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Secretary General calls for a Framework convention on education for democracy
“The past 12 months have seen a gear shift in Europe’s security concerns, - points out the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in his latest annual report. - Recent terrorist attacks have sent a shockwave through our societies. Unco-ordinated responses to the migrant crisis have sustained chaos at our borders. Lasting peace has still not been secured in eastern Ukraine. The recent resumption of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh has reminded us how swiftly frozen conflicts can thaw. Combined with ongoing economic uncertainty, such insecure conditions are creating fertile ground for nationalists and xenophobes who seek to exploit public anxiety. Hate crime, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise. Trust in state as well as European institutions is in decline.[…]
Such developments pose serious problems for our shared security. In today’s Europe nations must work together if they are to successfully combat the many threats which cross our borders. Yet the rules and norms which constitute the basis of this co-operation are being challenged from multiple sides and increasingly, in public discourse, we see the politics of solidarity, generosity and tolerance give way to chauvinism, division and fear.  I am therefore using my third annual report to issue an appeal to all in Europe who value open democracies and inclusive societies: we must urgently demonstrate that safe and stable states are those which foster cohesion and act in concert with their neighbours. I encourage governments, parliamentarians and civil society to examine carefully the detailed analysis across it exposes Europe’s democratic shortcomings, which require our immediate attention.”
“Democratic citizenship and human rights education are […] increasingly important in addressing discrimination, prejudice and intolerance, and thus preventing and combating violent extremism and radicalisation in a sustainable and proactive way. […]  While taking stock of the present situation, it seems highly desirable to maintain the political momentum by making this a long-term commitment. In the framework of our changing societies and the new requirements arising therein, the charter [on citizenship and human rights education] could be revisited with the aim of updating this instrument to make it stronger and binding, in the form of a framework convention on education for democracy”.
The action proposed by the report in the area of education includes the following:
  • To review the Council of Europe’s activities on Democratic Citizenship Education and Human Rights Education, evaluate progress and identify and share best practice, as well as assess the need for turning the current Charter on citizenship and human rights education into a binding legal instrument;
  • To improve the visibility for citizenship and human rights education in school curricula, by supporting national co-ordination mechanisms for citizenship and human rights education and by promoting comprehensive and sustainable national approaches;
  • To endorse the Council of Europe Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Citizenship, as a key part of any government’s response to the challenges facing our societies; invite member states to make full use of the reference framework by piloting and integrating it into national education systems.