Last week EWC received a Certificate of appreciation in recognition of the long-lasting partnership, dedication and support in implementing educational reforms in the “New Ukrainian School”. The Ministry of Education and Science, who is a partner in “Schools for Democracy” program, also honored other donors supporting educational reforms in the country.
Inspiring and far-reaching initiatives to improve democratic development in schools were presented at the National Conference for the “Schools for Democracy” programme in Ukraine on June 25-26. Almost 50 schools got to showcase the results of their efforts, and nearly 300 stakeholders participated at the event.
In mid-June the first Thorvald Stoltenberg seminar brought together 28 young leaders from 26 countries at Utøya. For five days they discussed challenges and opportunities arising in diverse societies, learned new tools to combat hate speech and discrimination as well as how to facilitate intercultural dialogue.
The 3-year project will be carried out In cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Education, Science and Religious Affairs, the National Institute of Education Policy and other partners. It is financed as a pre-defined project under the EEA/Norway Grants.
On 6-7 May, over 100 participants from 52 schools from all over Ukraine joined a two-day kick-off training in Kyiv.
Participants from the "Teaching Controversial Issues in the Nordic and Baltic countries" project met in Vilnius to share experiences and best practices from the last 8 months of implementing own initiatives.
The EWC project “Preparing Future Teachers in the Western Balkan: Educating for Democracy and Human Rights” is launched with a steering group meeting in Oslo April 11-12. The six partner institutions from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo* met with external experts and EWC to discuss and finalize key aspects of the project.
The first international Thorvald Stoltenberg seminar for youth leaders will take place at Utøya, Norway, in June 2019. By application deadline, EWC had received 600 applications from more than 50 countries!
The European Wergeland Centre invites Romanian teacher trainers to participate in a training course and study visit that aims to support the quality of teacher training in Romania through strengthening competences of teacher trainers, school inspectors and school counselors in citizenship and human rights education. The call for applications is now closed.
EWC contributed to an international seminar in Beirut, Lebanon hosted by the Aydan Foundation, aiming for a more holistic approach to teacher training in citizenship education in Arab countries. The seminar brought together insights and reflections from experiences with citizenship education in Arab and other countries, based on real needs in teacher training and good practices that already exist.
There are many positive efforts and initiatives taking place in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine with regards to education for democratic citizenship and human rights education. This was highlighted in February in Kyiv, when 23 experienced education professionals representing various institutions met to discuss how to promote a practical approach to democratic citizenship and human rights education in schools, including the dissemination and use of relevant Council of Europe tools and materials.
15 regions of the Russian Federation were represented when the Citizenship Education seminar took place in Yerevan, Armenia, between February 26th and March 1st. As part of the Practicing Citizenship program, 44 education professionals met to share and discuss experiences and ideas, as well as to be introduced to the Council of Europe’s (CoE) concepts of democratic citizenship and human rights education (EDC/HRE), and to their main approaches and publications on this area. The diversity in regions and professional backgrounds served as a great motivation for cooperation and sharing of experiences.