Polish and Norwegian youth participated at the opening of the new learning center «Hegnhuset» at Utøya July 19. The training was organized by EWC, Utøya and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights and is a part of the project “Learning democracy at Utøya”. The day before the polish students visited the 22 July Center in Oslo in which they learned more about July 22, 2011.
Youth from Poland and Norway will gather at Utøya to learn about democracy and exchange views on human rights and intercultural understanding July 19, almost to the day five years after the terrorist attack on the Norwegian island.
EWC in partnership with the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe carried out the seminar “Citizenship Education” in Yerevan, Armenia June 30 – July 5. The seminar was part of the EWC programme Practicing Citizenship in the Russian Federation.
From 4 – 7 July Jennie Holck-Clausen and Ingrid Aspelund from EWC participated in The Almedalen Week (Almedalsveckan) in Gotland, Sweden. The Almedalen Week is considered to be the most important forum in Swedish politics with around 3700 seminars and meetings.
As a part of its focus on Competences for Democratic Culture, EWC creates links to the field of Religious Education and, more generally, the discussion of Religion in Education in the context of immigration and intercultural learning.
“Before parents only came to the schools four times a year to know the results of their children. Now they are part of the school, not just visitors. I believe that the Kosovo* Academy has opened the schools for the community”, says Arbërie Nagavci, head of the Directorate of Education in Pristina.
Having learned about the National Programme in Education for Democratic Citizenship, teachers, parents and pupils of Vynohradiv secondary school №3 have decided to work on implementation of democratic changes in their school on their own.
Teachers in Europe working with learners from 9-10 years old up to higher education can contribute to the piloting of the descriptors of the Council of Europe Framework of Competences for a Democratic Culture.