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

Nº 70 | January 2010

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 educators,

    Dear friends,

    We welcome you in this 2010 journey while celebrating the 20th anniversary of the North-South Centre. We gladly share with you twenty years of dialogue and understanding with partners beyond European boundaries, bringing world issues and world priorities in the European agenda. This venture is captured in the publication One World-Our World issued for the NSC anniversary and completing the special webpage. The NSC will pursue its work for global citizenship and youth empowerment while fostering the intercultural dialogue. Its 2010 programme of activities reflects such priorities. The Global Education programme will follow its awareness-raising and capacity-building activities and will broaden its networking to partners from Latin America and Africa. The Youth programme is successfully developing its training activities in Africa through its Euro-Africa University on Youth & Development. Youth is the core issue of this newsletter. Get acquainted with the World Youth Conference and the International YouthYear alongside with global education related useful links (§3) and resources (§4) as well as interesting offers (§5) events and conferences (§6) and campaigns (§8).

    Wishing you a captivating and enjoyable reading!

1. News from North-South Centre of the Council of Europe & the Global Education Week network

 

2. Other news

    . The United Nations recently proclaimed an International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding starting on 12 August 2010 and ending on 12 August 2011. This is done in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, from enhancing peace to developing mutual understanding between people of different cultures.
    The first consultation organized by the United Nations as part of the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding pertains to its slogan. We are looking for a powerful 1 to 5 word slogan that encapsulates the International Year and its theme, Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. To support this, the United Nations launched a Facebook page entitled “United Nations International Year of Youth”. The page is available at: United-Nations-International Year of Youth facebook . From 25 January 2010 to 12 February 2010, you are asked to suggest a slogan for the International Year and to vote on your favorites through the “like” function.
    … more

    . World Youth Conference, Mexico, 26-29 August 2010 - Participate and Say it aloud !
    Five years before the deadline set by the international community to achieve development goals, Mexico calls for a World Youth Conference as a space for discussion and reflection on the role of youth in achieving the Millennium Development goals and the new development agenda set in 2015. … more

    . 2nd Edition of the TRIALOG Partnership Fair, February 15-17, 2010, Vienna …more ...

    . DEEEP - Development Education Summer School 2010 - "Schools as Key Actors in Promoting Global Education" is the overall theme of the 2010 DESS, which will take place in Hungary from June 6 to June 13. DESS is open to Development Education practitioners.

 

3. Useful links

    . UNESCO Education for All programme – EFA 2010 report “Reaching the Marginalized”

    . UNICEF Back on Track Website - Back on Track is an innovative programme designed to support international development work on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries. This site is a platform for ideas, information, materials and discussions on current trends and issues in the delivery of education services both during and after conflict and natural disasters.

    . The African Monitor is an independent African body, which acts as a catalyst to monitor development funding commitments, delivery and impact on the grassroots and to bring strong additional African voices to the development agenda.

    . TrustAfrica seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent, focusing on three critical areas:securing the conditions for democracy; fostering African enterprise and achieving broadly shared prosperity; and cultivating African resources for democracy and development.

 

4. Useful resources





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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

    . Call for Papers - the University of Pennsylvania Press,with support from The Mellon Foundation, announces the launch of our new journal, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. Contributions should generally run 8,000 to 11,000 words, including apparatus, but both shorter and longer pieces are potentially viable. Also invited are thematic essay reviews, combining at least two recent books, between 5,000 and 7,000 words. Anyone interested in pursuing publication in the journal can write to the editor at humanityjournal@gmail.com

    Conferences

    . Europe All Inclusive? Minorities at the Edge of Society
    UNITED network conference (English language) - 11-16 May 2010 in Budapest
    Call for nominations and technical info - Program - Registration form

    . The Global Food Crisis: “The Silent Tsunami” - event transcript (Courtesy of the Brookings Institution), November 24, 2009
    Introduction and Moderator:
    Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Wolfensohn Center for Development, Brookings Institution
    Panelists:
    Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme ; Samuel Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction ; Robert B. Zoellick, President, World Bank Group

    Training courses / Scholarships

    . Call for applications for HREA distance learning courses - April-July 2010
    HREA is issuing a call for applications for the following e-learning courses, which will be offered in the second trimester of 2010 (April-July):
    - Armed Conflict, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
    - Einführung in die Menschenrechtsbildung
    - Human Rights Advocacy
    - Human Rights Monitoring
    - Le Plaidoyer pour les droits humains
    - La Programmation basée sur les droits humains
    - Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law
    - Monitoring Children's Rights
    - Monitoring Women's Rights
    - Project Development and Management in the NGO Sector
    - The European Union and Human Rights
    Please note that the registration deadline for these courses is Monday, 1 February 2010. Applications can be submitted online. For further information about each course please click on the course link above.

    . New Zealand Development Scholarship - the New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) scheme offers the opportunity to people from selected developing countries to undertake development-related studies in New Zealand. This may include study related to education, health, rural livelihoods, governance, human rights, or economic development, depending on the human resource development training needs of the home government. New Zealand -Development Scholarships are offered for full-time, tertiary level study at participating New Zealand education institutions.

    . The Bucerius Ph.D. scholarship program in migration studies "Settling Into Motion" offers up to eight scholarships for Ph.D. theses addressing migration in changing societies. For 2010, research applications on “Migration, Diversity and the Future of Modern Societies” are especially welcome. Qualified Ph.D. students of - in a broad sense - social sciences can apply until 25 February 2010. Please find further information as well as the online application on the program's website

    . Master in Public Administration Scholarship - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS)

    Request of partnership

    . 2nd Edition of the TRIALOG Partnership Fair, February 15-17, 2010, Vienna …more ...

    . “Enchanted with Theatre :discrimination, fairy tales & reality” an international youth exchange activity under the frame of the European Commission Youth in Action Programme and coordinated by Xenos-Gruppo di studio critico su razzismi e antirazzismi … more

    . Asia Leadership Fellow Program - the Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP) seeks to create a close, personal and professional network of public intellectuals in Asia, deeply rooted and committed to civil society beyond their own cultural, disciplinary and geopolitical backgrounds. In 1996, the International House of Japan and the Japan Foundation jointly created the ALFP. The Program provides selected leaders in the region with an opportunity to reside for two months at the International House of Japan in Tokyo, and to engage in collaborative and individual research/exchange activities.
    Since the initiation of the Program, the ALFP has had five to eight Fellows annually from nearly fifteen Asian countries. Over 50 Fellows who come from diverse professional backgrounds, including academia, journalism, publishing, law, education, the arts, NGOs, and non-profit activities have been through the program.

    Sharing good practices

    . Enchanted with Theatre :discrimination, fairy tales & reality” an international youth exchange activity under the frame of the European Commission Youth in Action Programme and coordinated by Xenos-Gruppo di studio critico su razzismi e antirazzismi

    . Rediscovering Together the Memory of Water – REMEE project - an Euro-Mediterranean co-operation project to safeguard water heritage, in partnership between the Mediterranean Centre of Environment and the association APARE

    . The Open Society Institute (OSI) Youth Initiative seeks to empower youth to become active citizens who are willing and able to influence public life and promote open society ideals. The international initiative is an expansion of what began in 1995 as the Debate Program. While its work with debate continues, the initiative also provides small grants and technical assistance to build the capacity of youth-focused local organizations and encourage a broader range of youth-led projects that promote open society values. Looking ahead, the Youth Initiative plans to develop strategies for achieving greater structural impact in targeted countries through work with Ministries of Youth and Sport and the development of national youth policies.

    Job opportunities

 

6. Events

 

7. Special Sustainable Development

    . 2010 World Social Forum - in 2010, the WSF will happen in a permanent way, all year-round, with events and activities being held throughout the world. The WSF process will focus on the global crisis, understood in all its dimensions: economic, environmental, political, social, cultural, food, civilizatory. …more
    World Social Forum website

    . World Economic Forum 2010 website

    . The African Monitor is an independent African body, which acts as a catalyst to monitor development funding commitments, delivery and impact on the grassroots and to bring strong additional African voices to the development agenda.

    . TrustAfrica seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent, focusing on three critical areas:securing the conditions for democracy; fostering African enterprise and achieving broadly shared prosperity; and cultivating African resources for democracy and development.

 

8. Campaigns

    . Africa for Haiti” campaign seeks to help reconstruction efforts for the people of Haiti. The objective of this campaign is not to provide immediate relief but rather to contribute toward the medium to long-term reconstruction of communities in Haiti. The campaign has the support of church, business and civil society leaders including Mrs Graça Machel, Archbishops Desmond Tutu, Njongonkulu Ndungane, Malusi Mpumlwana, Thabo Makgoba, and businessmen Trevor Ncube and Reuel Khoza.
    “Africa for Haiti” partners: African Women's Foresight Network; CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation; African Monitor; Trust Africa; The Southern Africa Trust; CAF Southern Africa; The South African Red Cross Society; National Welfare Forum; Synergos; NEPAD Business Foundation

    Council of Europe Speak-out against discrimination campaign

    . ''Speak-out against discrimination” Website

    . All Different All Equal Campaign webpage

    Other Council of Europe Campaigns
    . Building a Europe for and with children - A Council of Europe programme for the  promotion  of children's rights and the protection of children from violence.
    . ''Raise your hand against smacking!'' - Launch of 2008 Awareness-raising Action
    . Dosta! Go beyond prejudice, discover the Roma!
    . Stop Domestic Violence
    . Human being - not for sale