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European Children’s and Youth Book Fair

Fantastic picture books, exciting book and art experiences – the European Children’s Book Fair in Saarbrücken has established itself as a meeting place for young and well-known publishers from Germany and abroad.

A young, curious and book-loving public takes the opportunity to get to know authors and their latest publications. The proximity to France, Belgium and Luxembourg makes the fair in Saarbrücken a European event in Germany. Despite the pandemic measures, this year’s fair welcomed 8,000 people who met international authors, illustrators and cartoonists at readings and meetings.

Federal Meeting of the Europe Houses

Scy-Chazelles and Metz (France)
12-15 March 2020, 100 participants

Symposium just before the start of the SARS-CoV-2 health crisis.

LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER, TODAY IN EUROPE &
DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF DEMOCRACY

Meeting under the patronage of Ms Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

General presentation:

70th anniversary of the Robert Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950.

Perhaps we need to take a step outside the European Union to see how it is perceived in the world: an area of peace, freedom and prosperity guaranteed by the rule of law. Of course, we who are inside know that not everything is perfect, that there are too many inequalities, too much poverty, too much exclusion. But many of our fellow Europeans no longer appreciate how lucky we are to live in peace, to enjoy freedom of expression, assembly and movement. A democracy that allows the expression of diversity, a justice system that guarantees a fair trial, functioning administrations, access to education and health care, help for the most disadvantaged: all this seems so self-evident to us. Of course, everything can be improved, but it is there, and it is sorely lacking in many parts of the world.

To understand what is at stake in Europe, the present is not enough. We must look back to where we came from, to this continent torn apart by too many wars. Then measure the road travelled, assess what is going well today, but also what is going badly in Europe and denounce the populist, ultra- or illiberal, authoritarian or other aberrations. Above all, we need to look to the future and think about what kind of Europe we want.

It is up to the young people of today to imagine the world they want to live in tomorrow and to try to do all they can to ensure that this world offers a place and a dignified life for all. This implies a trust in the future, a trust that the best is always possible, even if it can never be taken for granted. Therefore, in the second part of their meetings, the Europe Houses want to work on learning how to live together in Europe today and tomorrow.

Democratic culture – it is up to us to make it a reality.

Democracy is a culture, not a technique for which it is enough to borrow the tools. It is based on freedom: pluralism of thought and action, respect, checks on power and balance. It can only develop in an atmosphere of respect, discussion and debate; it presupposes civility.

Illiberal democracies seek to restrict freedoms: political, social, economic and freedom of movement. Education plays an essential role in promoting the fundamental values of European integration: democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and in preventing human rights violations. Education also helps to combat the rise of violence, racism, extremism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance.

The aim of the federal meetings

The 100 participants analysed the current challenges and opportunities in the field of education for a democratic culture and coexistence in Europe; they shared examples of good practice and experiences from their work on the ground. They proposed recommendations for the joint development of future actions, including specific criteria and mechanisms for evaluating progress, in particular within the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework on Competences for a Culture of Democracy.

THE REFERENCE FRAMEWORK OF COMPETENCES FOR A CULTURE OF DEMOCRACY is guided by the priorities and values of both the Council of Europe and the European Union (Declaration on Promoting Education for Citizenship and the Common Values of Freedom, Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, Paris, March 2015): Equality, Dignity and Respect. It identifies the competences that should be taught in formal and non-formal education and that are necessary to equip our young citizens with the values, attitudes, skills and knowledge and critical understanding they need to participate actively in today’s complex and diverse democratic European societies. This requires a greater awareness of the many aspects of modern life and the current challenges.

Learning from the Past

Das europäische Projekt „Learning from the past – How to mediate historical topics in civic education“, welches von der tschechischen Organisation EUTIS, o.p.s. in Kooperation mit den Vereinen Političtí vězni.cz und BBAG e.V. durchgeführt wird, besteht aus zwei Seminaren, bei denen die Teilnehmenden einerseits an historischen Orten mehr zur Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts und zu totalitären Regimen erfahren; andererseits innovative Methoden und Know-How vermittelt bekommen, die sie dann in ihre eigene pädagogische Arbeit einfließen lassen können.

Wichtigste Informationen zusammengefasst:

Das Projekt besteht aus zwei Seminaren (an welchen auch separat teilgenommen werden kann):

  • Potsdam, Germany (1. 4. – 6. 4. 2019)
  • Jáchymov, Czech Republic (27. 9. – 2. 10. 2019)

Inhalt der Seminare:

  • Wissensvermittlung zu historischen Themen durch Besuche in Gedenkstätten wie Gefängnis Hohenschönhausen, Tränenpalast, Gedenkstätte Lindenstraße, Sachsenhausen, Gedenk- und Begegnungsstätte Leistikowstraße, Tower of Death, die ehemaligen Arbeitslager um die Uraniumminenwerke bei Jachymov u.a.
  • Vermittlung spezifischer pädagogischer Methoden durch den Bildungsservice in den Gedenkstätten einerseits und durch von Expert*innen angeleitete Workshops andererseits
  • Austausch von Best practice und Wissenstransfer zwischen Teilnehmenden aus der Tschechischen Republik und Deutschland

Zielgruppe/Teilnehmende:

  • Personal in Gedenkstätten (z.B. pädagogischer Dienst)
  • Lehrer*innen, die Geschichte oder Politikwissenschaft unterrichten
  • Personen, die mit Jugendlichen zu historischen Ereignissen arbeiten.
  • geschichtsinteressierte Personen, die im informellen Bildungsbereich tätig sind
  • TN, die neue Methoden der Geschichtsvermittlung erlernen wollen
  • Arbeitssprache: Englisch

Teilnehmendenbeitrag:

  • Unterkunft (DZ mit Frühstück), Verpflegung, Reise-und Programmkosten werden bezahlt
  • der Teilnehmendenbeitrag beträgt:
    • 150,- Euro für beide Seminare
    • 75 Euro für je ein Seminar
    • 50 Euro für je ein Seminar (für TN aus Potsdam)

Anmeldung und Anmeldefrist:

Bitte bis 10.03.2019 unter folgendem Link anmelden: Anmeldung

Download “Projekthandbuch – Die Hölle von Jáchymov” Hölle von Jáchymov – Handbuch_DE.pdf – Downloaded 19 times – 3 MB

Public consultation on EU funds in the area of values and mobility

In 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU’s long–term budget.

The Commission’s proposals will be designed to make it possible for the EU to deliver on the things that matter most, in areas where it can achieve more than Member States acting alone. This requires a careful assessment both of what has worked well in the past and what could be improved in the future.

This consultation is an integral part of the process and its objective is to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget. The consultation will run until 8 March 2018.

Mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ Programme published

30 years Erasmus+The European Commission has published the mid-term evaluation report of the Erasmus+ Programme. The evaluation builds on over a million responses to questions related to the most well-known programme of the Union, and it establishes itself as the most comprehensive and recent source of evidence.

The main highlights from the Commission are:

  • Erasmus+ is felt as to be supportive in both employment terms and active citizenship
  • Evidence shows that Erasmus+ is more coherent, relevant and partly more efficient and simpler than its predecessors.
  • The evaluation makes a clear case for a stronger investment in education and training with a new emphasis on the younger generations and the most vulnerable groups.

Click here to read the report.

On this very day, the Lifelong Learning Platform also released its own report of the Erasmus+ implementation survey 2017. The platform draws similar conclusions for the overlapping parts, with LLLP’s report placing a strong focus on investments for the future.