Democratic citizenship and human rights education

Democratic Culture – A Community Project

Working together for an inclusive Europe

The project “Democratic Culture – A Community Project” takes place between August 1, 2021 and March 31, 2023 and aims to develop local civic groups to support schools in the counties Alba, Arges, Botosani, Buzau, Gorj, Hunedoara, Maramures and Valcea in the process of developing students’ competences for democratic culture.

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Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture

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The Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC) was published by the Council of Europe in April 2018 and is made up of 3 volumes.

Volume 1

contains the Model of Competences: 20 competences divided into four areas – values, attitudes, skills and knowledge and critical understanding – as well as information about the background to the model, how it was developed and how it is intended to be used.

Volume 2

contains competence descriptors, that is, a series of statements setting out learning targets and outcomes for each competence. These descriptors are intended to help educators design learning situations that enable them to observe learners’ behaviour in relation to a given competence.

Volume 3

offers guidance on how the Model of Competences might be used in six education contexts: curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, teacher training, whole school approach and the prevention of radicalization and extremism.

For more information about the Reference Framework, please see the website of the Council of Europe: https://www.coe.int/en/web/campaign-free-to-speak-safe-to-learn/reference-framework-of-competences-for-democratic-culture.

Children’s Rights – Whole School Approach

The project aims to support the functioning of the Commissions for the prevention and elimination of violence, acts of corruption and discrimination in the school environment and the promotion of interculturality (CPEVACDSEPI) by fostering a child rights based approach.

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Project Citizen

Project Citizen is a program which supports Education for democratic citizenship teachers in Romania to use a dynamic and interactive learning method with their 7th grade students: the students learn to propose a public policy in order to help solve a problem for their local community.

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The Unsung Hero Dialogues – Promoting Solidarity and Diversity through Awareness and Policy Reform

Start & End Date: 01.04.2020 – 30.09.2021
Participating Countries: Estonia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania
Project Partners: CULTURE GOES EUROPE (CGE) – Soziokulturelle Initiative Erfurt e.V. (coordinator), Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe (DARE) Network, Jaan Tonissoni Instituut MTU, Associazione Promozione Sociale LaFenice Associazione Sportiva, Institutul Intercultural Timisoara, UMAR – Uniao de Mulheres Alarnativae Resposta Assiociacao,United Societies of Balkans Astiki Etaireia.

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Human rights start with breakfast! Empower youth through human rights education

The main aim of the project implemented between 2015 and 2017 is to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations that work with young people from Romania, Italy, France, Denmark, Peru and Guyana to develop an effective, coherent, inclusive and sustainable framework for promoting and using human rights education.

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Democracy and Games – Analog and Digital Game-Based-Learning Tools for Youth Work

In the fall of 2019, the Intercultural Institute, in partnership with GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies STIFTUNG (coordinator), Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe (Belgium), Demokrative – Initiative für politische Bildung (Switzerland), Asociación cultural Da2 Trucados (Spain) and Culture Goes Europe (CGE) – Soziokulturelle Initiative ERFURT EV (Germany), started the implementation of the project Democracy and Games: Analog and Digital Game-Based-Learning Tools for Youth Work (DEMOGAMES), financed through the Erasmus + Program, KA205 – Strategic Partnerships for Youth. 

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More Women in European Politics – More women in 2014

The Project “More Women in European Politics – More women in 2014” aimed at increasing the participation and representation of women in European politics. The project was based on the recognition that previous attempts to promote gender equality in politics had largely failed in that they had not involved political parties. In contrast, in order to advance gender equality we need to ensure the participation of political parties in the promotion of women in politics. The power to recruit, select and nominate candidates is in the hands of political parties, whatever the electoral system.

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Re-Play – Raising Awareness of the Value of Play

The project started from the UN Convention regarding children’s rights, in which the right to play appears explicitly. Play is not a luxury; it is a mere right that is essential and an integral part of the daily life of children. Ignoring the right to play means to deprive children of a fundamental right and to minimize the value such a right has on the quality of life and the harmonious development of children.

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Be:In – Inclusive participation: best practice sharing and networking

The project Be:In started in the autumn of 2016 and had a duration of two years. It aimed at exchanging good practices and creating a network between municipalities and non-profit organisations on the topic of inclusive participation, defined as the participation of people with fewer opportunities.

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