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News - 09/07/2014

Call for applications entrepreneurs for social change

Entrepreneurs for Social Change is a programme run in co-operation with Fondazione CRT and the Italian government and it has three different components:
Call for tender for International Consultancy Services in one of the six specific areas (lots) related to the education of forced returnees and to children of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo.*
-A 7-day training that will run in Torino, Italy, from 16 to 22 October 2014 that will bring together 20 young people from the Euro-Mediterranean region to enhance the skills needed to boost a business idea with a social mission, and be a powerful motor of economic development and social inclusion.
2- A 9-month online mentoring period managed by experienced social entrepreneurs that will help the selected youth to be matched with potential investors and receive advice and support to implement their business plan.
3- The participation in an online platform for exchanges with peers and potential partners within the network of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
There is no participation fee, and all participants will be provided with round-trip international tickets to Torino as well as accommodations, meals and visa support.

Application submissions to the new edition of Entrepreneurs for Social Change are open until 14 July 2014.

The Application Form and the Application Guidelines as well as any further information can be found at: An introductory video of Massimo Lapucci, Secretary General of Fondazione CRT and Matthew Hodes, Director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations gives a sense of the programME in a snapshot.

Call for tender for International Consultancy Services
Increasing access to education and intercultural understanding:

EU/CoE support in field of education to forced returnees and to Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) communities in Kosovo.*
Call for tender for International Consultancy Services in one of the six specific areas (lots) related to the education of forced returnees and to children of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo.*
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

Recognition : a blossom spring

Recognition of qualification is a central item of the Council of Europe Higher Education Policy as the joint Council of Europe/ Unesco Convention is the only international legal instrument on the subject.
At the end of February, the Bureau of the Lisbon Recognition convention met in Tallinn to develop its working plan for 2014-2016 (link with the LRC).
On a daily base, the recognition centres members of the ENIC NARIC networks dealt with the applications of thousands of students, of people who ask for a fair recognition of their qualifications. In March, the bureau of the ENIC and Advisory board of the NARIC will meet in Rome to prepare the annual meeting to be held in beginning of July. In the same period a new web site will be launched (link with the ENIC NARIC site)

The professional image and ethos of teachers

Conference “The professional image and ethos of teachers”, 24-25 April 2014, and for the Janusz-Korczak Seminar “Children at the Centre of Education”, 23 April 2014,
Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

Children in vulnerable situations: Making a change through citizenship and human rights education

On 20-21 May 2014, the 21st meeting of the network of coordinators for citizenship and human rights education will be held in Baku in the framework of the forthcoming Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (14 May-November 2014)

2nd South East Europe Summer Academy

Human Rights in Action -The South East Europe Summer Academy 2013

The aim of the training is to strengthen the capacity of teachers and their school heads, as well as representatives from NGOs or parents’ associations to implement and promote EDC and HRE principles and practices in their schools and communities in South East Europe.
Call for Participants and Trainers

Features - lat update: 09/04/2014

The Pestalozzi Programme Summer School
2014 - "Promoting Participation" 28 June – 6 July 2014

In cooperation with the Academy of Bad Wildbad

The online registration process for the summer school is completed, the selection by the National Liaison Officers is underway and a response will be sent to participants mid-April.

What shows that you are interculturally competent?

The Intercultural Cities Programme and the Pestalozzi Programme are launching a new web application optimised for smartphones and tablets.

The Images of Others – an Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters through Visual Media

Whereas the first Autobiography helps learners to think about their face-to-face experiences of ‘other people’ with other ‘cultures’, this new volume takes account of the ways in which our experience of others is affected by the visual media.

Online self-study course for educators

A self-study online course is now available for educators and youth workers who would like guidance in working with the Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters.


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