23-24 June 2014. Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan - 25-26 June 2014 Karaganda, Kazakhstan
Piloting of materials on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE) took place on 23-24 June 2014 in school N198 in Kyzylorda. This event was organized within the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe Joint Programme “Supporting education policies in democratic citizenship and human rights education in Kazkahstan”, which was launched on 20-21 September 2013 in Astana.
The seminar brought together over 30 teachers and head teachers from different schools in Kyzylorda and was targeted to train school community on various aspects of EDC/HRE, and to demonstrate how EDC/HRE concepts can be put into practice. The seminar also touched the main issues of democratic school governance. All the participants appreciated the focus on practical experience and applicability and welcomed the first hand demonstration of good practice in EDC/HRE that they could immediately apply during their classes.
The seminar was conducted by the Council of Europe leading experts in the field of Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, the authors of EDC/HRE materials, Mr. Rolf Gollob and Mr. Peter Krapf.
The closing conference of the Project took place immediately following the piloting seminar, on 25-26 June 2014 in Karaganda and presented the outcomes of the project, emphasizing the sustainability and continuation of the principles and objectives. This conference had a thematic approach and was focused on democratic governance of educational institutions. The conference looked at the ways, in which a culture of democracy can be promoted at schools, including decision-making mechanisms, conflict resolution, provisions against discrimination, participatory teaching methodology, and co-operation with out-of-school partners.
This final event brought together over 80 rectors, pro rectors, professors, directors of schools and teachers from all over the country, officials from the Ministry of Education and Science, and was moderated by the Council of Europe’s leading experts in EDC/HRE.
European Union and Council of Europe Joint Programme “Supporting education policies in democratic citizenship and human rights education in Kazakhstan” provided an impetus for developing future strategies in promoting democratic values in Kazakhstan.