Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights (EDC/HRE)


Call for participants for the Summer Academy in Montenegro

20-28 June 2014 Cetinje/Montenegro

The regional training activity in the field of democratic citizenship and human rights education is organised annualy by the Ministry of Education and Sports Montenegro, the Bureau for Educational Services, Montenegro, the Council of Europe and the European Wergeland Centre.

Education professionals and community actors from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Kosovo (1), can participate in the South East Europe Summer Academy.

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/ HRE principles and practices in their schools and communities in South East Europe.

Participants are invited to take part in the training as a team of 3 members.

Application Deadline: February 28.

The Academy also aims to strenghthen the cooperation between the participating countries through the exchange of experiences and good practices in the field.

The SEE Summer Academy is in line with the principles and policies of the CoE Charter on Education for Demcoratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education and based on several CoE manuals designed to support the implementation of the Charter in practice.

A whole-school approach

Using CoE tools, the Academy model follows a whole-school approach to EDC/ HRE and adresses different spheres of school life, such as teachers’ competences, learning and teaching activities, decmocratic school governance and partnership with the local community.

This approach encourages the active participation of all stakeholders of school life in building an environment, where principles of human rights and democracy can be learned and praticed.

The SEE Summer Academy is composed of 3 phases:

  • Phase 1: Online preparatory phase – introduction to the training (May to June 2014)
    The main aim is to get to know each other and to get familiar with selected CoE teaching materials including EDC/HRE concepts, approaches, learning and teaching activities.
  • Phase 2: Residential seminar (20-28 June 2014)
    The residential seminar is the core of the Academy. The trainers and participants work face-to-face, and share their experiences with implementing EDC/ HRE. Participants analyze the current situation in their school and community and reflect on their practice in view of EDC/HRE principles. Based on this analysis, and supported by a trainer, each team develops an action plan with concrete local activites and projects addressing challenges faced in their school and/ or community.
  • Phase 3: Follow-up (July-January 2015)
    This phase supports participants in implementing their local EDC/ HRE projects (action plans). The projects are expected to be implemented during the school year 2014/2015. Throughout this phase, a trainer provides ongoing support to all teams via EWCs’ online platform Share&Connect.

Gather your team of 3 participants (teacher, school head and a representative from a NGO/parents’ association) and apply before February 28!

(1) All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.