Pestalozzi European Modules: Education for the prevention of crimes against humanity.



The theme of this module series is “Education for the Prevention of Crimes against Humanity”. It will draw on the work developed around Remembrance and the Holocaust, in particular the outcomes of the Council of Europe project “Teaching Remembrance” and previous Pestalozzi workshops on the theme. However, it will enlarge the scope and consider “Crimes against humanity” in its full sense as defined f.ex. by the International Criminal Court1.

The work shall focus on training education professionals to implement the educational contribution to the prevention of crimes against humanity in their everyday practice. In particular it will focus on questions like:

    · Which are the savoirs, savoirs faire and savoirs être education needs to promote in order to draw the lessons of past and present crimes against humanity and to prevent future ones?
    · How to develop these in the everyday practice of teaching and learning?
    · Which competences do the teachers need in order to organise the teaching and learning practice in an appropriate way?

And it will do so by following the training approach adopted by the modules series: interactive, peer-training, task-centred, working on the collaborative developement of training resources and their piloting.

The main expected outcomes are:

    · A network of trained education professionals equipped to continue the training on the international, national, regional and local level with a shared view of the competences which need to be developed and of the appropriate methodology of training and teaching.

    · A collection of tried and tested training resources to serve as pedagocial support in teacher training and as a stimulation to further develop resources along similar lines.

Target group :

Participants should come from a pre-service or in-service training context of formal or non-formal education. They need to have experience of and demonstrate a strong interest in the chosen theme. They also need to be competent users of at least one of the working languages, English or French.

Deadline for nomination: 26/06/2009

For details on the required profile of participants and the conditions of participation, please consult the DESCRIPTION of the module series.

The ICC’s statute (Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the ICC) provides the most authoritative listing of acts which constitute a ‘crime against humanity’ when committed, knowingly, as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population....