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Felisa Tibbitts

Dr
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Felisa Tibbitts (Columbia University/Teachers College and Utrecht University) is a teacher training, researcher and policy advocate in the field of international and comparative education. Her areas of interest include human rights, peace and democratic (global) citizenship education; curriculum policy and reform; critical pedagogy; and education and social movements. Dr. Tibbitts is widely read in the field of human rights education and her scholarship has appeared in numerous books and journals.She has also written numerous manuals and practical resources for educators in cooperation inter-governmental organizations such as the Council of Europe, UNESCO and OSCE/ODIHR. She co-founded the NGO Human Rights Education Associates (HREA – www.hrea.org) which she directed from 1999-2011.

Dr.Tibbitts holds the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights in Higher Education at Utrecht University. 

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Ruben Krikyan

Civil Society and Education Program Coordinator, Jinishian Memorial Foundation (JMF), Armenia
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Mr. Krrikyan is a Civil Society and Education Program Coordinator of Jinishian Memorial Foundation (JMF). His primary tasks include research, development, implementation, and management of the projects related to civil society/ education sector. He is actively involved as a trainer/ facilitator in EDC/HRE projects of JMF in schools and universities. He is a founder and a Board Member of Avedissian “Green” private school in Yerevan. Mr. Krrikyan, as a country coordinator and HRE training facilitator/ trainer was involved in EQUITAS’ (international human rights training organization, Canada) HRE regional program in Ukraine.

EWC Activities: Regional Summer Academy Programme

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Marios Koukounaras-Liagkis

Assistant Professor
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Marios studied Theology (ΒΑ, ΜΑ, PhD) Greek Literature (BA), and Social Pedagogy (PostDoc). He is an Assistant Professor of Religious Education at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). He worked as a Religious Education teacher and as a Consultant to the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs.

His research interests focuse on Religious Education (learning and teaching), Curriculum, Teacher’s professional development, Human Rights, Inclusive Education and Drama/Theatre in Education. His publications include 6 books and numerous articles.
He is currently working as a coordinator on an Erasmus+ (KA2) project on teaching of Competencies of Democratic Culture and as director of the Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Entity of the NKUA.
Marios is part of the core trainer team of the EWC project “Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools”.

EWC involvement: Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools

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Veton Sylhasi

Programme officer Kosova Education Center (KEC)
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Veton Sylhasi is working as a program officer in a program for teacher professional development. He has been involved in various programs for professional development of teachers, school heads and other education stakeholders both at national and international level. His main area of expertise is EDC/HRE, development planning, education policies and research. He is also a human rights educator with young people and children and is a Director of Kosovar Association for Human and Children's Rights (KAHCR).

EWC involvement: Regional Summer Academy Programme

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Rolf Gollob

Prof. Dr. h.c.
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Prof. Dr. h.c. Rolf Gollob  is responsible for the acquisition and realisation of projects in the field of Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education at the Center IPE . Since 2008 Rolf Gollob is the Swiss National Coordinator for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights for the Council of Europe. For his 20 years engagement for teacher training and Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights he received in December 2013 doctor honoris causa from "St Kliment Ohridski" University, Bitola – Macedonia. 

EWC involvement: The Kosovo Academy, School for Democracy (2015), Promoting Civic Education in the Russian Federal Regions (2015).

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Marzena Rafalska

Education Consultant, In-Service Teachers Training Centre in Lomza, Poland
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Marzena Rafalska is an educational consultant at the In-Service Training Centre in Lomza, Poland. She is a specialist in civil and European education, a human rights trainer at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, an EDC/HRE trainer at the Council of Europe, an HRE OSCE expert in Tajikistan, as well as an educator and a coach. She is a regular co-worker of the Centre for Education Development (ORE), Ministry of Education and Office of Children Rights Ombudsman. Rafalska is an author and a coordinator in many regional, national and international educational and social projects. Rafalska is a trainer for the Summer Academy in Poland since 2012.

EWC Activities: Schools for Democracy, Regional Summer Academy Programme, Promoting Civic Education in the Russian Regions

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Andrey Ioffe

Director Moscow Institute for Education Development, Russia
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Mr Ioffe is Vice-president of the Association “For Civic Education” and an expert in Russian National Teacher Competition. He has a PhD and is Professor and Head of Department of School Education at the Moscow Education Development Institute. He is also a professor at the Russian Teacher Training Academy and has been a CoE Expert since 1996. Mr Ioffe has been a trainer at the Summer Academy “Democracy at School” in Poland since 2010.He is the author of social studies text-books and manuals for teachers.

EWC Activities: Regional Summer Academy Programme

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Ulrike Wolff-Jontofsohn

Senior researcher and lecturer
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Dr. Ulrike Wolff-Jontofsohn is a senior researcher and lecturer for Comparative and Intercultural Education at the Freie Universität Berlin and consultant on democratic school development and diversity for the Berlin Senate of Education, Sports and Youth. She was director of the in-service teacher training department at the Freiburg University of Education until 2008.

In the last ten years she has worked intensively as an expert and consultant on human rights education and school development for international organisations and for German ministries and foundations. She was a lead expert in the German school development programme “Learning and Living Democracy” (2001-2007) and is currently involved in a German pilot programme on “School development in Immigration Society” and in a new project on refugee integration.

EWC involvement: Regional Summer Academy Programme

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Olena Styslavska

Teacher trainer and educational consultant
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Olena Styslavska is a teacher trainer and educational consultant in the field of Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights and Intercultural Education. She has developed, coordinated and implemented national and international training programmes for the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Poland, Polish Centre of Education Development, Community of Democracies, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the Council of Europe. She has been a trainer in the Regional Summer Academy Programme since it was launched in 2010, being a head trainer for three editions in Poland and all editions in Montenegro. Her main strength is a practical EDC/HRE experience which she built during her 10 years of teaching at school. She is sure that education can change the world.

EWC involvement: Regional Summer Academy Programme

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Angelos Vallianatos

Dr
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Dr Angelos Vallianatos (PhD in Theology), is a school advisor for religion lessons and teacher trainer in the fields of Didactics, Intercultural Education, Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship. He has participated in Council of Europe and European Wergeland Center programmes as an expert and as a trainer (Pestalozzi seminars and modules, Summer Academies in Montenegro and Greece). He has authored, participated in authoring groups, developed and translated texts and educational material in the fields of his specialty. After 25 years in the class room, for the last 10 years he enjoys working in adult education and he persists in being optimistic about its peacemaking possibilities.

EWC involvement: The Regional Summer Academy in Montenegro, The Greek Academy

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Gelly Aroni

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Dr. Gelly Aroni is the Head of the Independent Department for the Coordination and Monitoring of the Refugee Education of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs in Greece. She has extensive experience as a Physical Education teacher in Intercultural Schools where she used cooperative games to promote, through active participation and collaborative learning, the principles, content and values of Democracy education. 

She has worked as an expert and a trainer in Council of Europe and European Wergeland Center programmes (Pestalozzi seminars and modules, Summer Academies in Greece) on Human Rights Education and Education for Democratic Citizenship. She has facilitated workshops for Arigatou International on Intercultural and Interfaith Programmes for Ethics Education in Europe, Asia and Africa. She has authored and translated texts in the areas of her expertise.

EWC involvement: Integration of Refugee Children in Greek Schools

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Larisa Vasileva

Teacher and teacher trainer
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Larisa Vasileva is a History and Civic Education teacher at Foreign Language High. Since 1998 she has also been a trainer at the Open Education Center in Sofia, Bulgaria. Since 2002 she has led a program on training teachers in Civic Education, Human Rights, Global Education and Interactive Methodic training. Vasileva is a member of the Board of Managers of The Youth Educational Center in Pleven. She has been a trainer at the Summer Academy "Democracy at School" in Poland since 2012, and head trainer in 2014 and 2015.

EWC involvement: Regional Summer Academy Programme, Promoting Civic Education in the Russian Regions.

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