On the first day of the conference, the projects were presented by the participants who implemented their initiatives during 2019, with an impressive diversity in topics, target groups and context of implementation. The initiatives varied from a one-school project that addressed the issue of bullying, to initiatives that involved educational actors on the national level aiming at negotiating human rights education in the country. The Project Fair also offered an opportunity of networking, one of the essential aims of the conference. Here, new programme participants could discuss the challenges and possibilities of EDC/HRE project activities with other educational professionals from different areas of specialization.
On the following days of the seminar the participants learnt about different countries’ experiences with education for democracy and human rights. The Montenegrin EDC/HRE path was presented by the Senior Advisor of the Bureau for Education Services, Vidosava Kascelan, and EWC Senior Advisor Ingrid Aspelund talked about Norwegian EDC/HRE practice, sharing insights from the 22 July programme. As for the Russian experts, they conducted sessions on some of the most acute topics in the national and international context – ombudsmen as moderators of civic action, migration, civil society and diagnostics of civic competences. As per tradition, the basics of EDC/HRE and the existing models of its implementation were presented by the programme’s head trainer, Marzena Rafalska. Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, who has been involved in other EWC programmes, joined the Practicing Citizenship event for the first time, and presented the context of CDC creation, and Cards for Democracy as one of the tools for CDC implementation.
Swimming in the warm sea and enjoying the Montenegrin sun in between the sessions, the participants remained active, interested and involved in every session! We are looking forward to seeing them again at Practicing Citizenship activities, sharing their experiences and creating new partnerships within the programme.