Democratic citizenship and human rights education

Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future – European Citizens Stand Up in Front of Injustices

The project “Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future – European Citizens Stand Up in Front of Injustices” was coordinated by the Intercultural Institute Timisoara in partnership with Fondazione Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea from Italy, Tsentar za Mezhduetnicheski Dialog i Tolerantnost Amalipe from Bulgaria and Big Picture Association from Poland. The project was co-funded by the European Union through the Europe for Citizens Programme.

The aim of this project was to raise the awareness about the need to stand up against injustice, to act for human rights and to make sure that history does not repeat itself. Teachers from 4 countries (Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and Italy) have been involved in a process aiming at developing their competences to teach about the Holocaust and human rights in an interdisciplinary approach – on the one hand to draw lessons from the past and apply them to present days’ realities, on the other hand to understand the mechanisms for protecting human rights that exist today and how the fact that they did not exist in the past allowed for such atrocities to happen.


The main activities included the organization of 4 national seminars in 2021, in each of the 4 countries involved in the project, and one international conference in Poland, in 2022, bringing together representatives of all the countries involved in the project. Throughout the project, the teachers were supported to develop curricular and extra-curricular activities with their students based on an interdisciplinary methodology that combines Holocaust education with human rights education and intercultural education. The teachers engaged their students in local projects, to research the past and to contribute to a democratic and equitable future. Some teachers engaged in collaboration with teachers from other countries and created opportunities for their students to engage in online peer learning processes. Policy proposals have been submitted to local and national authorities to argue the importance of mainstreaming this interdisciplinary approach.


A Handbook for teachers called Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future. An Interdisciplinary Approach to Holocaust, Human Rights and Intercultural Education developed within this project is available online at: https://www.intercultural.ro/en/handbook-holocaust-hr-intercultural-education/
Teachers can find in this handbook: an argumentation of the need for an interdisciplinary approach of Holocaust education, human rights education and intercultural education; an explanation of the ways in which this interdisciplinary approach can lead to the development of competences for democratic culture; an overview of the methodologies which are best suited for an interdisciplinary approach; a set of educational activities that can be used by the teachers with their students; as well as recommendations for further reading.

The activities in this project were co-funded by The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights.

Digital Destiny

The project aims to provide a digital platform for teachers, parents and pupils that integrates sustainable development educational goals, participatory learning and digital storytelling for a holistic and democratic approach in education through blended learning.

​By combining a sustainable education pedagogical method with participatory learning methods (including design thinking) and digital storytelling, Digital Destiny will develop a new pedagogical approach, based on the Competence Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, that is suitable for a blended learning approach for young learners.

In addition, Digital Destiny will offer professional development training materials and education tools to be used to support blended learning environments for children 6-12 years old.

The project is coordinated by North Consulting from Iceland and includes, together with the Timisoara Intercultural Institute, partners from Belgium (DJAPO and Mediawijs, Flemish Knowledge Center for Digital and Media Literacy) and Greece (University of West Macedonia). The project started in March 2021, it has a duration of two years and it is funded by the European Commission through the ERASMUS + program.

More details about the project are available at www.digitaldestiny.eu.

“Imagine” Seminar

Between the 19th and the 21st of November 2021, in Toledo, Spain, the “Imagine” Seminar engaged a group of 30 school and university students in dialogues and debates around different current controversial issues.

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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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