North-South Centre - European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity

Nº 76 | Spring 2011

Global Education News is an electronic newsletter where national global education coordinators or practitioners can share global education news and best practices, useful thematic links and educational materials. It also serves as a medium for the North-South Centre global education network national coordinators' own use.

Dear Global Educators,

The first quarter of 2011 was highlighted with the following activities in the field of Education and Youth:

The Global Education online Training Course (Spring course), 28 February -25 March. In 2011 the NSC pursues its successful on-line training-course scheme initiated in 2009. The Spring course ended last 25 March after its 51 participants went through four modules. This course was attended by educators from Armenia, Australia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Filipinas, France, Germany, Ghana, Great-Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Italia, Kenya, Latvia, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Togo, Tunisia, Zimbabwe. The 2011 Summer course will take place in June and application process is possible through NSC webpage.

The North-South Centre participated in a workshop on Education to Intercultural Dialogue organised by the University of Padua from 22 to 23 March. This workshop allowed stakeholders representing academia, and local authorities from Veneto region to share educational practices in the field of Intercultural learning with international guests representing the Anna Lindh Foundation, Council of Europe, Europe of Cultures Forum and UNESCO.

In the framework of the EC/NSC Joint Management Agreement programme supporting GE in new EU member States, the NSC participated in the Visegrad regional seminar on Global Education/Development Education in Prague, from 24 to 25 March. Educational institutions and other key actors involved in GDE in the four Visegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) met to discuss among other things the concepts, quality standards and national strategies for GDE.

More recently, 7-9 April, the NSC participated in the Bakou World Forum on Intercultural dialogue and organised a workshop under the theme Dialogue between and among the world’s religions. The forum addressed the conceptual, governance, policy and practical aspects of the challenge of intercultural dialogue.

On the Youth programme the Central Africa sub-regional seminar on youth policies and the African Youth Charter, 11-13 March, in Libreville (Gabon) aimed at providing a strategic guideline on how to use the skills, energy and innovation of young people and ensure an environment conducive to successful development objectives, constructive leadership, participation and autonomy of the youth. More recently the NSC organised the “Youth Leaders Meeting on Youth Policies in the Context of the Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation” in Addis Ababa on 10-13 April 2011, for youth leaders to build a common action plan on the development of the Africa-Europe youth dialogue and cooperation framework and on the implementation of the recommendations resulting from the Africa-Europe Youth Summits.

The 45th (and in principle last) meeting of the NSC Executive Council was held last 28 March, in Lisbon (Portugal). According to the proposed new statutory Resolution, the two present statutory bodies of the North-South Centre (i.e. the Executive Council and the Committee of Member States) will be merged into a new “Executive Committee” which will be the unique decision making body of the Centre. It is foreseen that this new body will hold its constitutive meeting in June in Strasbourg.

The 2010 North-South Prize Award Ceremony, which took place last 29 March, in Lisbon (Portugal), awarded Louise Arbour (Canada) and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Brazil).

You will find detailed information about all these events on NSC website.

Meanwhile, please book your agenda for the Global Youth Work Training Course, on 15-22 May in Sal (Cape Verde) and for the the Global Education Summer on-line training course in June. Call for applications are on-line on NSC respective Youth and Education webpages.

Looking forward for a captivating semester together and wishing you an enjoyable reading!

1. NEWS FROM NORTH-SOUTH CENTRE OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE & THE GLOBAL EDUCATION WEEK NETWORK

 

2. OTHER NEWS

    . North-South Centre Global Youth Work Training Course, on 15-22 May in Sal (Cape Verde)
    The course is organised under the framework of the Joint Management Agreement between the European Commission – EuropeAid Co-operation Office and the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and will be implemented in co-operation with ICMYO and the Portuguese National Youth Council. Presentation and call for application - Call for applications Form - Endorsement form

    . World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, 7-9 April, 2011 in Baku
    The North South Centre has participated in the World Forum on Intercultural dialogue and proposed a workshop under the theme Dialogue between and among the world’s religions. The forum addressed the conceptual, governance, policy and practical aspects of the challenge of intercultural dialogue. more…
    Programme - Concept note - List of participants - North-South Centre Workshop

    . Global Sports Forum Barcelona - officially supported by the City of Barcelona, the Global Sports Forum Barcelona is an exchange platform attracting a wide range of personalities from the world of sport. Thanks to its unique emphasis on the position of sport at the heart of modern society, the Forum is a place where people come together and debate issues, the aim being to highlight sport in all its dimensions: economic, social, political and cultural. Outcomes of Global Sports Forum 2011 edition

 

3. USEFUL LINKS

    . Sustainability Frontiers is an international alliance of sustainability and global educators seeking transformation of the human condition through repaired and restored earth connection.  We are concerned with formal, non-formal and informal education that addresses the current confluence of threats to the environment and to human society globally. more …

    . Global Education across Borders - gerc_net
    Organisations from four countries (Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia) built a network of Global Education Resource Centres to share experiences and strategies through a common Website, Training Programs for multipliers, and a cooperative Global Education Material development initiative. read more about gerc_net

    . European CommissionEuropeAid funding and grants
    Grants are awarded as donations to third parties that are engaged in external aid activities. Procurement procedures are launched when the Contracting Authority wants to purchase a service, goods or work in exchange for remuneration. Procedures for grants and contracts under the relevant EU external aid programmes are consolidated in the Practical Guide.

 

4. USEFUL RESOURCES


. Global Education Guidelines
The North-South Centre is happy to announce that the Global Education Guidelines, a handbook for Educators to understand and implement Global Education, is accessible on-line. more...

 

5. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

    Calls

    . Harubuntu - an annual Award to promote Africans with innovative talents. The promotion covers four areas: Entrepreneurship • Local Government • Civil society • Communication
    Harubuntu, is the story of those in Africa who foster hope and create wealth and thereby demonstrate Africa’s potential. CALL FOR PROJECTS

    . Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past weeks. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can directly respond to the request.

    1. LOOKING FOR TOOLS AND LESSONS PLANS FOR YOUTH AND THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
    Foundation Dark & Light is working on a 3-year project for raising awareness among European youth (Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic) about the rights of people with disabilities - it primarily focus on the necessity of inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream development in developing countries (since we are a development NGO). FDL is now thinking of different ways to address youth and is requesting any tips for tools / resources / lesson plans regarding youth and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Lieke Scheewe, Programme Coordinator, Foundation Dark & Light | member of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD
    www.darkandlight.eu | www.twitter.com/foundation_dlbc
    E-mail: l.scheewe@DarkandLight.org

    2. REQUEST FOR SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR CHILD-FOCUSED NGO IN NIGERIA
    Edem Children Foundation (ECF) a child focused NGO in Nigeria is requesting for the following:
    1). Passionate Children and Women focused people to serve on thier International Board of Trustees/Advisers
    2). Poople that can sponsor a Orphans and Volunerable children back to schools
    3). US, European, Asian and African NGOs to partner with in the implementation on several project on Empowering women and Children
    4). ECH need online volunteers that can help build its website and work on other issues for online. For more information about ECF, kindly log on to www.ecfnigeria.8m.com or contact: Ms Fiona Ita Ekpo, Programme Director, Edem Children Foundation (ECF) (leaving No child and young person behind) - E-mail: ecfnd@yahoo.com

    3. LOOKING FOR RESEARCH OR RESOURCES ABOUT TEACHING HRE TO PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS
    I am reaching out to ask if anyone has research or resources about teaching HRE to preservice teachers in a School of Education at a college/university.  I am using this for a dissertation-my focus being that using an HRE framework will advance culturally empowering teaching practices by new teachers for an increasingly diverse student population.  Julie Schiller, University of San Francisco, Doctoral Candidate - E-mail: juliet_clark@hotmail.com

    . The University of Nairobi, with technical support from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and financial support from Unbound Philanthropy and the Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission, is pleased to announce the following opportunities for advanced study and training in the field of Education in Emergencies: 1) Master of Education degree with a specialization in Education in Emergencies; 2) and a short study course on Early Grade Reading (see below for more details about both opportunities).
    Call for Applications 1 : Graduate Study in Education in Emergencies at the University of Nairobi
    Call for Applications 2 : Short Course on Improving Education Quality through Early Grade Reading

    Sharing good practices

    . Doing Democracy Research Project - This project facilitates international collaboration within the academic community highlighting focusing on critical engagement and social justice in education while fostering the development of permanent exchange networks. It makes data accessible to the general public and the profession at-large as a series of possible recommendations for policymakers. We seek to access contributions from teachers, parents, education officials, and government policymakers as well as academics. more…

    . Sustainability Frontiers is an international alliance of sustainability and global educators seeking transformation of the human condition through repaired and restored earth connection.  We are concerned with formal, non-formal and informal education that addresses the current confluence of threats to the environment and to human society globally. more …

    Request of partnership

    . Doing Democracy Research Project - This project facilitates international collaboration within the academic community highlighting focusing on critical engagement and social justice in education while fostering the development of permanent exchange networks. It makes data accessible to the general public and the profession at-large as a series of possible recommendations for policymakers. We seek to access contributions from teachers, parents, education officials, and government policymakers as well as academics. more…

    Training courses / Scholarships

    . Human Rights Education Associates - HREA is pleased to inform you that it will offer four new e-learning courses in the second trimester of this year:

    - Protection Against Torture (27 April-12 July 2011)
    - Human Rights and Alternative Dispute Resolution (2 May-12 June 2011)
    - Business and Human Rights (11 May-21 June 2011)
    - Use of ICTs and Social Media for Human Rights Work (15 June-30 August 2011)
    For further information about each course, please click on the course link above. The application deadline varies per course. Applications can be submitted online.

    There are still a few places available in HREA's e-learning course Introduction to Human Rights Education, which will be offered from 27 April-12 July 2011.

    . The International Institute of Humanitarian Law is offering the Summer Course on International Humanitarian Law for its 11th consecutive year from June 27th-July 9th, 2011 in Sanremo, Italy and in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information please visit our website at http://www.iihl.org

    . Amnesty International-Italy, CIRPS and the University of Pomezia Consortium are pleased to present the 2011 International Summer School: Understanding the way to human dignity. The 4th edition of the Summer School is a 7-day residential intensive course from 11 July to 17 July 2011 which takes place at the University Centre of Pomezia, Selva dei Pini College (Rome). It is open to university graduates (both first cycle and second cycle degree), who aspire to work in the field of human rights and international cooperation. Information and application forms

    . International Summer School Sarajevo 2011 “Human Rights and Transitional Justice
    18 - 31 July 2011 – more …

    Job opportunities / Fellowships

    . DEEEP is now recruiting an Information Officer for a maternity replacement.
    Period to be covered: June to December 2011
    Interested candidates can send their CV and motivation letter to vacancies@deeep.org by May 2 at the latest - Job description
    Please feel free to circulate to your constituencies, or people you know might be interested.

    . Deputy Programme Director - Tearfund, Sudan, Deadline: Apr-24-2011
    LOCATION: Juba with frequent travel to field sites.
    START DATE: Immediate start preferred
    CONTRACT: 24 months
    We are seeking an experienced senior manager to support the Programme Director in leading and directing Tearfund’s Disaster Management (DMT) Programme in Southern Sudan. This is an interesting and challenging time to be working in Southern Sudan as hopes and challenges for the country are high and the future inevitably uncertain. Do you have the skills, character and understanding to be able to take on the challenge of managing Tearfund’s operational work in this environment?

 

6. EVENTS

    . The Irish Centre for Human Rights is very pleased to announce the tenth annual Summer School on the International Criminal Court! The course will take place from June 19-23 this year and will cover all important aspects of the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC plays a leading role in efforts to promote international justice in fields such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and the crime of aggression. more …

    . Sustainability Frontiers - Summer Institute on climate change education, 8 -12 August 2011,
    Halifax, Canada more …
    Click here for the Summer School Flyer and the Application Form

    . European Network for Intercultural Education Activities (ENIEDA) is organising from 29 September to 1 October its 4th Conference on Linguistic and Intercultural Education: Negotiating and constructing European identities across languages and cultures, in cooperation with the Faculty of Culture and Society, Malmö University, Sweden and the Teacher Training College, Vrac, Serbia. Conference information and call for papers

 

7. SPECIAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    . World Development Report 2011: Conflict Security and Development
    Citizen security, justice and jobs are key to helping 1.5 billion people affected by political and criminal violence, says the World Bank’s new World Development Report.

    . e-Atlas of Global Development - the newly released e-Atlas of Global Development is a free, online, interactive tool, which maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank’s database. Start here

    . Middle East and North Africa: A New Social Contract for Development
    Speaking ahead of the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings, Bank President Robert Zoellick said the crisis engulfing the Middle East and North Africa shows that greater citizen participation and better governance are crucial for economic development. The World Bank will do more to emphasize both, he said. read more…

    . The European Commission adopts a 12 point Action Plan to support the Millennium Development goals This is the first major policy statement of new Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.
    The aim is for the EU to take a lead in getting back on track towards the MDGs in the five years which remain to the 2015 deadline. The full set of documentation is now available online through europa development services

    . 2011 World Social Forum -…more

    . World Social Forum website

    . World Social Forum Virtual Media Centre

    . World Economic Forum website

 

8. CAMPAIGNS