Call for Papers for Human Rights Education Conference in The Netherlands

Rights Education Conference on “Translating Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms to Today’s World.” will be held in Middelburg, 17-19 December, 2015. The Conference aims to support and promote the United Nations objectives in human rights education, to critically assess how human rights objectives in education are translated into practices, to highlight the role of specific actors in human rights education, and to assess the connection between Roosevelt’s four freedoms and human dignity today.

Participants are encouraged to submit their papers on the following themes: global trends in human rights education, analysing key actors in human rights education, current themes in human rights education, and the practice of human rights education.

The deadline for abstracts is September 6th, 2015 and should be sent to IHREC-2015@hrea.org.

For more information on the paper proposal and conference registration, visit their website.

Early bird registration for the conference ends October 15th, 2015.

Turning Points and Learning Points for the Future

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Drs Wim Kratsborn introduces a new presentation about young people mental map. The presentation is about the To-Gatherland Festival 2022, where nine young people attempt to find their own identity. The festival is “a passion driven, interactive and musical lecture” (‘brainshop’) about the youth of today on future turning points. Drs Kratsborn will present his film and book ‘Hard to become who you are’ through knowledge, images, and music. The presentations will last 60, 90, or 180 minutes and are inspired by many well-known works. For more information, go to herew.kratsborn@planet.nl.

Few Spots Left for European Peer Training Opportunity in Luxembourg; Apply Now!

The European Peer Training Organisation will be holding a 4-day seminar “Peer education: a springboard to employment”, 23-28 October 2015, in Luxembourg, to support young peer educators in their professional development in the field of peer education and beyond.

The main goals of the peer forum are to link generations of peer trainers and increase awareness on working possibilities in peer education, to provide concrete professional development opportunities for youth, to reflect on how to identify and value competences developed through peer education, to provide tools for advocating peer education, and to launch EPTO’s new certification process.

EPTO are encouraging applicants from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Estonia, Albania, Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg, Turkey, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Iceland. Applicants should be either youth workers who have been certified as EPTO peer trainers in the last 3 years or in the last 4-15 years, or young peer trainers working on projects in their local areas.

The extended deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 15th, 2015. To apply, fill out the online form here.

For further questions about the event of EPTO, contact: Catherine@epto.org.

New and Practical Guidebook to EU Decision-Making in Education and Training

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning has released its ‘Guidebook to EU Decision-Making in Education and Training’ for July 2015. The platform works towards promoting a vision of equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship in lifelong learning. The guide serves as a tool for better understanding the complexity of Europe and a call for a better dialogue between citizens and institutions in the field of education and training. It provides a coherent overview of the structure of EU institutes and bodies, as well as the EU’s role in policy-making for education.

To learn more about what actors are involved, what the objectives are, and the initiatives taken to achieve these aims, read the guide here.

New Publication on Directions in History Education Research

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“Joined-Up History: New Directions in History Education Research” explores the question of historical thinking and how it has developed in the last 30 years. Edited by Arthur Chapman of University College London and Arie Wilschut of Amsterdam University of Professional Education, this volume examines how students make sense of the history they’re taught, how they develop an understanding of historical meta-concepts, and what instructional strategies help students to make meaningful historical knowledge and understanding from what they learn in class. To order the book, go here.

Yahad in Unum and Mémorial de Caen Museum Offers Grants for Teacher Training Seminar in November

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European history teachers are invited to participate in a 2-day training session on ‘the Holocaust by Bullets’ and the persecutions of the Roma in Eastern Europe. The seminar will be held in both English and French on November 7 and 8, 2016 and all expenses will be paid for by the organisers. The seminars will introduce new teaching tools and sources as they explore further the knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and the Genocide of Roma in Eastern Europe. Read more about this seminar in this briefing.

To participate in the seminar, please send a letter of interest and a resume by September 20, 2015 to Julia Garmash (j.garmash@yahadinunum.org). For more information, visit their website.

Help the Council of Europe Develop a New Model of Competences – Survey out NOW

The Education Department of Council of Europe has developed a new theoretical model of the competences (i.e., the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding) that are required for democratic culture. The Education Department is now developing descriptors that can be used to assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. Feedback from education professionals at all levels on descriptors for these competences are welcomed.

You can do this by completing a questionnaire through this link. This questionnaire is available in English, French, Russian, Georgian, Italian, Romanian and Spanish. German and Serbian will be added shortly.

We encourage you to participate in this questionnaire and influence the development of new theoretical models of the competences!

More information about this initiative and questionnaire can be found here: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/descriptors_en.asp

‘Making the history of conflict resolution and peace-keeping interesting and fun’

The UK Historical Association conference, Bristol, 8-9 May 2015: Helen Snelson presented some of the materials from the Decisions and Dilemmas project to a workshop of UK secondary school history teachers in Bristol. The World Wars and the Cold War often feature in history teaching in the UK and as part of that students learn about the international relations of the 20th century.  However, these studies are rarely focused on Europe per se and rarely reach back into the past.

In the workshop Helen used the timeline about the ‘long search for political stability in Europe 1648-1945‘ that is being developed by the Decisions and Dilemmas team.  Participants created a large wallpaper colour chart to show when different ways of establishing stability have been tried in Europe. Helen also presented a selection of the life stories of European people living in the period 1945-49. These life stories are being developed in order to engage students with the human stories behind the years that followed the end of World War Two.  They are being developed to help students consider how similar and different experiences were across the continent, and to enable students to use source material to consider how typical was the experience of their character.

Participants were enthusiastic about these and gave useful feedback to the team as they continue their development work.