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. Application deadline is May 3rd, 2019.
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.
An important part of EWC's work is to develop, adapt, translate and disseminate teaching and learning resources in education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding. In cooperation with various partners and experts, EWC has developed a number of resources as part of our programmes. "This is a very important part of the mission of EWC", says Executive Director Ana Perona-Fjeldstad.
EWC Executive Director Ana Perona-Fjeldstad gives an update on the Centre's work in 2019.
The EWC programme “Schools For Democracy: Supporting Education Reform in Ukraine” has had a high level of activity thus far in 2019. The year started off with a training of trainers with over 60 participants from the National Network of Trainers, and continued with the launching conference for the IVth cycle of the programme.
EWC and The Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) are working together on developing new learning resources for educators to use when teaching about 22. July 2011 and democratic citizenship.
In February 2019 EWC visited the site for the new Centre for Roma and Sinti Culture in Prague, that will open in 2022. As part of the Czech National Strategy for Roma Integration the project also includes the restauration of two national memorial sites; the World War II concentration camps for Roma people in Lety and Hodonín. EWC is a partner in the development of the Centre's educational activities, aiming to build more inclusive societies.