Dear friends and DARE members,
In January 2007 the new generation of education programmes of the European Commission began for the period 2007-2013. DARE followed the call for proposals and applied for a renewal, for 2007-2010, of our project under Grundtvig 4 which provides grants for European networks.
A number of DARE members took up our invitation for a preparatory meeting in Berlin on 9/10 February 2007, During this weekend the outlines of a new work period were drafted by the participants. These were sent around to all members.
This time 16 members joined the proposal which, if successful, is intended to contribute to the networks future activities. Especially three standing committees, the SIGs (special interest groups) are to work on DARE s professional profile as a network of expert organisations in Democracy and Human Rights Education, on the stimulation and implementation of common projects, on bridging gaps between action and research in EDC/HRE. Advocating democracy and human rights education will be the overall objective. The active involvement of each member is needed and welcome.
SIGs will be complemented by SADs, Synchronised Action Days which we propose to organise around a prominent date such as Europe Day in May or Human Rights Day in December. When meeting in Berlin DARE members welcomed this idea to integrate all members by presenting examples of their education practice to the public. This is planned as a joint action in order to enhance DAREs visibility all over Europe - but also the visibility of the individual member organisation as part of a Europe-wide community.
These long-term initiatives are combined with outstanding events:
About now you will also receive the invitation for our next meeting in Sofia which will take place from 13-16 June 2007, organised by DARE member Partners Bulgaria. DAREs annual General Assembly on 14 June 2007 will be combined with the closing event of Partners Bulgarias Interethnic Interaction Programme and a workshop for DARE members on intercultural dialogue. The workshop provides the presentation of an index of ethnic integration and of good practice for advocacy and participation within multi-ethnic communities. Participants will identify issues and common ground. They will prepare projects and ideas for intercultural dialogue inside HRE and EDC. Intercultural road maps for the future will be developed. We hope that all DARE members will make use of this opportunity to meet and to promote DAREs profile.
Happy and relaxing sunny Easter holidays!
In order to explore the concept of social justice we compiled some texts on this issue, taken from various internet sources. Exploration of other concepts (gender and gender equality, democracy, global citizenship): see previous issues of e-DARE
Social justice mostly refers to an idea of society, where "justice" refers to economic status rather than to the administration of laws. It is based on the idea of a society which gives individuals and groups fair treatment and a just share of the benefits of society. Different proponents of social justice have developed different interpretations of what constitutes fair treatment and a just share.
Social justice is both a philosophical problem and an important issue in politics. It can be argued that everyone wishes to live in a just society, but different political ideologies have different conceptions of what a 'just society' actually is. The term "social justice" itself tends to be used by those ideologies who believe that present day society is highly unjust - and these are usually left-wing ideologies, advocating a more extensive use of income redistribution, a more egalitarian society. The right wing has its own conception of social justice, but generally believes that it is best achieved through the operation of a free market, and the promotion of philanthropy and charity. Both right and left tend to agree on the importance of rule of law, human rights, and some form of a welfare safety net (though the left supports this latter element to a greater extent than the right).
More ( on: Rawls; The basic liberties; Beliefs; Development of Catholic social teaching; Criticism; Other uses)
See also in Wikipedia: Teaching for Social Justice
Social justice, sometimes called civil justice, is a concept largely based on various social contract theories. Most variations on the concept hold that as governments are instituted among populations for the benefit of members of those populations, those governments which fail to see to the welfare of their citizens are failing to uphold their part in the social contract and are, therefore, unjust. The concept usually includes, but is not limited to, upholding human rights; many variants also contain some statements concerning more equitable distributions of wealth and resources.
The term "social justice" is generally so phrased in order to distinguish this particular concept from concepts of justice in law some of which, according to their critics, are decidedly unjust in a social sense and from concepts of justice as embedded in systems of morality which may differ between cultures.
Social justice refers to the overall fairness of a society in its divisions of rewards and burdens.
On Social Justice in traditional Africa
A discussion on the concept of Social Justice is included in Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy.
Wealth Creation and Social Justice: an IMF Perspective
Rawls' Mature Theory of Social Justice. An Introduction for Students.
Focal topic: Gender | Gender Equality | Gender Mainstreaming
On behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, the Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools (Zentrum polis Politik Lernen in der Schule) is organising the EDC Action Days 2007.
This successful initiative will take place for the fifth time and meanwhile the idea has also been taken up by Germany and Belgium. In 2007 gender justice will be the main focus for this period, beginning on World Book and Copyright Day (23 April) and ending on Europe Day (9 May). More than 100 events will take place throughout Austria on topics such as democracy, human rights, politics, gender justice etc.
More information: www.aktionstage.politische-bildung.at
The Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools published two new brochures dealing with the topic of gender equality.
- A manual of 70 pages aiming to help teachers to realise projects dealing with the topic of gender equality. The practical toolkit gives a lot of ideas for general applications in classes of all ages.
- A list of recommended gender sensitive childrens books for elementary schools.
The brochures are in German. Digital versions as PDF-files will be sent on demand: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Hladschik, polis Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools
Special Focus on the influence of transnational terrorist and criminal organisations on state and society in the Western Balkan region
The International Summer Academy on Human Security is part of the HUMSEC project and will be held in the Human Rights City of Graz.
The project is designed to contribute to a better understanding of the connection between transnational terrorist and criminal organisations in the peace-building process of the Western Balkan region (and not only at scientific level) through the organisation of an annual summer academy. The network aims to bring the scientific discourse closer to civil society, to strengthen democratic principles and to raise awareness by means of human rights education and education for democratic citizenship focusing always on the danger that transnational terrorist and criminal organisations pose for the states, societies and reconstruction process in the Western Balkan region.
The summer academy will be conducted mainly by experts nominated by the HUMSEC partner institutions, but also by external experts. The programme is drafted in order to give general information on the topics of human security and threats to security such as terrorism and organised crime - and to analyse the impact of terrorist and criminal organisations on states and societies in transition. Societal factors such as poverty and corruption, but also rule of law or the influence of civil society, will be studied in relation to the goals of human security and respect for human rights. Focus will be on the impact that transnational terrorist and criminal organisations have on states and societies in the Western Balkan region (the leading topic of the second year of the project).
The participants will partly be selected from amongst HUMSEC partner institutions and partly among those who apply, following the public call for application. Participants will be selected on the basis of their field of interest and their personal motivation to be involved in the programme. Full or partial scholarships will be available in limited numbers (for eligible countries and details see the website)
The summer academy draws on the expertise of a selected group of academics who represent the project partners from sixteen universities and academic institutions, as well as of the expertise of legal practitioners and decision-makers from various sectors. This guarantees a broad approach to the human security issue and the special focus on terrorist and criminal organisations. The training is based on lectures, discussions and workshops; to assure sustainability and multiplying effects, the training methods put particular emphasis on the interactive approach. The academy is designed as a modular course, covering one topic per day, which allows the transfer of knowledge, the acquisition of skills and the shaping of attitudes as well. Working language of the summer academy is English.
The summer academy is designed as ten-day-course for
whose work agenda focuses on the topics of terrorism, organised crime and peace-building. Special focus will be made on the selection of participants from South Eastern and Eastern Europe.
This link passed recently on to some of us. It's a very short video of the 'world as a village'. It's definitely worth the couple of minutes it takes to watch: www.miniature-earth.com
Hope you enjoy it and can may use of it.
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