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Think Global – Act Local: Education for Democracy

Serious human rights violations including corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe, according to a report published by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in May 2014. Unemployment and poverty in many countries are nurturing extremism and conflicts. The report represents the first consolidated analysis of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe, based on the findings of the Council of Europe’s monitoring bodies. The report points out in particular “The member States widely supported the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, adopted in 2010. However, two years after its adoption, one third of countries had not yet begun its implementation. In many cases, this results from a lack of financial support due to the economic crisis. However, we often see political prioritization on “education for employability”. If this is not balanced with education on democratic citizenship, it can promote a concept of students as a labour force, rather than as active citizens”. (more...)

Call for Schools to include Activities and Lessons concerning Vulnerable Children

Schools should include activities and lessons about and with children in all types of vulnerable situations, including those from minority groups, from refugee, internally displaced or migrant families, those with absent parents and those who are disabled or are from homes without the resources to pay for proper meals. This is part of a package of proposals put forward by education experts specialising in human rights and citizenship education at their last meeting, run by the Council of Europe in Baku, in the framework of Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (14 May - 13 November 2014). (more...)

Call for participants: Bookmarks: training course for educators and teachers on combating hate speech online through human rights education.

15 - 19 October 2014, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

The Council of Europe has recently published Bookmarks, a manual on combating hate speech online through human rights education. Bookmarks includes educational activities for young people aged 13 to 18 years old. Bookmarks is intended as a key reference of the No Hate Speech Campaign. In 2014 the Council of Europe will organise several training activities in cooperation with national campaign committees. These training serve to support trainers and educators and other campaign activists who work in educational settings.

The Council of Europe launches a call for participants for a training course for educators and teachers on combating hate speech online through human rights education. The training course will be carried out in French.

Deadline: 28 August 2014. (more...)

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)

The meeting will be devoted to the topic of “Children in vulnerable situations: Making a change through citizenship and human rights education”. The participants will also discuss the ongoing work on development of competences for democracy and intercultural dialogue.

Draft Concept and Programme

Useful link: Convention on the Rights of the Child

Piloting seminar on EDC/HRE and democratic school governance for teachers and head teachers

7-9 April 2014. Astana, Kazakhstan

Russian version of the news

The seminar brought together over 30 teachers and head teachers from 9 different schools in Astana 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. (more...)

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