Gender Matters (2nd Edition)

Gender Matters is a manual on gender-based violence affecting young people (2019)

The manual constitutes a useful introduction to gender and gender-based violence for people who work with young people, by providing reflections on gender and gender-based violence, a background to key social, political and legal issues. It provides practical methods and resources for education and awareness-raising activities with young people.

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Taking action against Hate Speech through Counter and Alternative Narratives

This manual presents communicative and educational approaches and tools for youth and other human rights activists to develop their own counter and alternative narratives to hate speech.

It is designed for working with young people from the age of 13. Based on the principles of human rights education and youth participation, We CAN! complements the manual Bookmarks.

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Taking it seriously Taking it seriously

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights, with proposals for policy measures to member states. This publication is a Guide to this recommendation, and aims to bring its content closer to policy makers, youth work practitioners, youth organisations and youth workers. The publication also offers advice and examples of actions to take and policies to develop so that the social rights of young people are taken seriously by all the actors concerned by social inclusion and social cohesion.

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A manual on Human Rights Education with Young People (2015)

 COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers, and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professionals or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights. It promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education and sees young people as actors for a culture of universal human rights.

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 Manual on human rights education for children (2008) 

Compasito is a starting point for educators, teachers and trainers who are ready to deal with human rights education with children of 7-13 years. The book familiarises the reader with the key concepts of human rights and children's rights and provides substantial theoretical background to 13 key human rights issues, such as democracy, citizenship, gender equality, environment, media, poverty, and violence.

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Have your say!

Manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life (New Edition) (2015)

Participation is a fundamental human right recognised, among others, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Participation is also a core principle of human rights and is a condition for effective democratic citizenship for all people. The manual “Have your say!” was produced to support local and regional authorities, youth organisations and young people who want to give young people a real say for a meaningful democratic youth participation.

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Manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education (2015)

This manual was produced within the Roma Youth Action Plan of the Council of Europe to provide teachers, trainers and facilitators of non-formal education processes with essential information and methodological tools to address antigypsyism with young people of all ages and in any social-cultural setting. It is equally suitable for work with groups of non-Roma, Roma only, or mixed groups.

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A manual for combating hate speech online through human rights education (2016)

Bookmarks is published to support the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online. It is useful for educators wanting to address hate speech online, both inside and outside the formal education system, as it gathers activities designed for young people aged 13 to 18; however, they are adaptable to other age ranges.

English French   Albanian  Azerbaijani   Arabic  Armenian  Dutch  Estonian  Finnish  German (Austria)  German (Germany)  Georgian  Greek  Hungarian  Italian  Macedonian  Montenegrin  Norwegian  Polish  Portuguese  Romanian  Slovak  Spanish  Ukrainian

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Young Roma speak about multiple discrimination (2014)

Barabaripen includes life stories of nine young Roma affected by multiple discrimination across Europe and an analysis of the mechanisms of discrimination and the strategies that young people use in order to tackle it. Barabaripen is also an awareness-raising and educational tool; it includes proposals for educational activities with young people using the life stories and background materials.

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Young people’s access to rights through youth information and counselling

Toolkit on how to inform young people about their rights (2015)

This toolkit was developed in partnership with the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA). It primarily intends to assist youth information workers working directly with young people, but it can also be used in other non-formal activities, as it offers many sources of information and inspiration on how to inform young people about their rights in an appealing way. Because only a combination of information and practical experience can ensure that human rights and youth issues will be understood in their totality, at the end of the publication you will find a list of practical activities to help young people understand human rights better.

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Right to Remember

A Handbook for Education with Young People on the Roma Genocide (Second edition 2017)

A Handbook for Education with Young People on the Roma Genocide -The publication is a self-contained educational resource for all those wishing to promote deeper awareness of the Roma Genocide and combat discrimination. Right to Remember includes educational activities, as well as ideas for commemoration events, and information about the Genocide and its relevance to the situation of the Roma people today. The second edition of the publication published in 2017 incorporates changes mainly into the introductory part of the handbook.

Roma Youth in Action Plan   English  French  German  Hungarian  Lithuanian  Romany Russian  Ukrainian 

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Youth information Starter Kit

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The Youth information Starter Kit was developed in partnership with the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA). It will give a first insight in what Youth Information is, the underlying working principles and missions, how to start creating Youth Information Services and some practical information on what the different European structures have to offer to those who want to step into the world of Youth Information.

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Manual for facilitators in non-formal education ( 2021)

A guide for organising and facilitating the educational processof study sessions held at the European Youth Centres

This Manual for Facilitators provides essential information, insights and practical tips in the planning and delivering non-formal education intercultural activities while taking into account essential approaches of intercultural learning, human rights education and youth participation. The manual is a contribution to the quality of intercultural non-formal education activities of youth organisations and at making those activities a truly learning experience for young people in the Council of Europe.



A campaign guide about education and learning for change in Diversity, Human Rights and Participation

This guide has been produced under the Council of Europe's Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights, and Participation "All Different - All Equal". The campaign provides an essential stimulus for common action to promote diversity, participation, and human rights. It seeks to bring attention both to the issues themselves and the methods used to address them. It is intended to support campaigners, activists and educators to advocate and educate to reach these goals. The guide builds on the approaches and methodologies of Compass - the manual on human rights education for young people.

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Don't judge a book by its cover!

The living Library Organiser's Guide (2005 and 2011)

The Books in the Living Library are people representing groups frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes, and who are often victims of discrimination or social exclusion. In this library, Books cannot only speak, but they are able to reply to the readers' questions, and the Books can even ask questions and learn themselves. The Living Library methodology is part of the Council of Europe's youth programme on human rights education.

Living library  English (2005) English (2011) French Danish  Finnish  German  Hungarian  Icelandic  Norwegian  Swedish  Turkish  Ukrainian (2011)

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A manual to use peer group education as a means to  fight racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and intolerance, 3rd edition (2005)

DOmino tries to give some assistance to those working or planning to work with young people on peer group education projects. The different sections of DOmino contain some theoretical background on peer group education as well as different project descriptions, methods, quotes and stories from young people. DOmino is the result of different youth work practices in several European countries, both in the formal and informal educational sector.

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Education pack

Ideas, resources, methods and activities for informal intercultural education with young people and adults  (Revised in 2016)

The authors of Education Pack aimed to provide practical and theoretical materials which can be used by educators, trainers, youth workers and teachers in informal education, to facilitate the learning process and knowledge of young people of their environment.

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Think Youth! is the monthly newsletter of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe which gives a brief round-up of events and developments in and around the youth sector.
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