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

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

HRE 2020 presents at UN Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council organised a "High Level Panel Discussion on the Implementation of the UN Declaration Human Rights Education and Training" in Geneva on 14 September 2016. On behalf of HRE 2020, Sneh Aurora delivered a statement.
The statement highlighted the need to focus on national implementation and follow-up of human rights education and training initiatives, and the role of states, UN mechanisms and civil society. HRE 2020 continues to stress that implementation and follow-up can be effectively achieved through partnership and cooperation. States should engage with civil society organisations (including NGOs, national human rights institutions, trade unions, educational institutions, and media) in the planning, implementation and monitoring of national strategies and programmes on human rights education and training.

About HRE 2020
HRE 2020 is a civil society coalition to support and strengthen the implementation of international human rights education commitments. It seeks to ensure a systematic monitoring of governments implementation of human rights education provisions in international human rights instruments, including the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training and the World Programme for Human Rights Education. DARE is a member of HRE 2020. Learn more about HRE 2020 at www.hre2020.org