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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 18814)  

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Title Euro-Mediterranean training course ''Human Rights Education for Enhancing Intercultural dialogue'' 
Description Euro-Mediterranean training course for multipliers active in human rights education and intercultural dialogue with young people in South East Europe and in Euro-Mediterranean cooperation context, organised in co-operation with the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures 
Status Completed 
Date 16/04/2007 - 22/04/2007 
Location Budapest, Hungary
Countries CoE Members: Montenegro
Others: Algeria / Egypt / Jordan / Lebanon / Morocco / Others / Syria / Tunisia / Kosovo*
Groups: All Council of Europe member states
  Joint Programme Activity - YouthFrame II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP YouthFrame II - Framework Partnership Agreement in the field of Youth 2007-2009    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2007/DG4/JP/1711   YouthFrame 2 - Understanding and respect for cultural diversity promoted
Expected Result 1.2 - European citizenship and human rights education developed and promoted in Europe, particularly in East and South East Europe and in the EuroMed countries.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.4 – Fostering intercultural dialogue
Programme ☆ V.4.1  Intercultural dialogue
Project 2003/DG4/15 Youth programme on human rights education and intercultural dialogue
Expected Result 1 Youth organisations and youth workers are further involved in global solidarity, intercultural dialogue and peaceful transformation of conflicts, especially in the Euro-Med youth co-operation context

Working Method

Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Youth and Sport - Youth)
CoE Contact GOMES, Rui   email
Partners European Commision - Other
Anna Lindh Foundation - Other
Web Pages
Documents & links
1 http://www.coe.int/euromed
2 http://act-hre.coe.int  
Last Modified 05/12/2007 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 18814) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Both the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Youth Partnership acknowledge that programmes and projects on human rights education and intercultural dialogue with young people can only be sustainable if the trainers and educators active at national level, in the formal and the non-formal education structures will feel able to translate them in their work with other young people. And, in what relates to intercultural dialogue as an aim, training activities have to be intercultural in nature in as much as they also have to be based on human rights. The Euro-Mediterranean training course on human rights education for enhancing intercultural dialogue with young people builds on this idea, and sought to enable youth leaders and educators to develop their competences and projects for intercultural dialogue.
The course was open to participants from Europe and the Mediterranean countries part of the Euro-Med Partnership. A specific focus in the origin of the European participants was given to South East Europe as a region which has so far benefited less from Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.
The course builds on the experiences accumulated in the Youth Partnership, especially the programme of regional training courses for trainers in HRE using Compass in Arabic, and the other HRE and intercultural dialogue activities of the Council of Europe youth sector and the Anna Lindh Foundation.

The course aimed at supporting and to promoting the development of human rights education and intercultural dialogue with young people in the broader Euro-Mediterranean co-operation framework.

Objectives of the course

- To explore the situation and conditions for human rights education in the broader Euro-Mediterranean framework with a specific focus on South Eastern Europe;
- To motivate participants to act as multipliers in human rights education and intercultural dialogue projects;
- To develop participants competences (knowledge, skills, attitudes, values) in working with and training about human rights education and intercultural dialogue;
- To provide a deeper knowledge of the institutions involved and the cooperation opportunities offered by their programmes;
- To experience educational tools for human rights education and intercultural dialogue;
- To support participants in developing and planning follow-up multiplying activities.
Output/Results The framework and duration of the course invited for a “hybrid” course, intermediate between “absolute beginners” and experienced trainers. The participants were expected to have basic insights in training and non-formal education to which the course provided additional competences in human rights education and intercultural dialogue..
From the participants’ perspective, four main results could be identified:
- Accrued competences in human rights education and intercultural dialogue, both in understanding and in applying them to youth work practice;
- Useful contacts and networks with potential partners and colleagues in other countries;
- Acquaintance with the programmes of the promoting institutions, especially the Euro-Med youth programme, the Youth in Action programme, the programme of the AnnaLindh Foundation and the Youth Programme for Human Rights Education and Intercultural Dialogue of the Council of Europe;
- Increased motivation and support for their regular work with HRE and ICD.

The partciipants have also developed 5 follow-up projects to implement in the next 12 months:
- One project on intercultural dialogue through sports;
- A sub-regional Balkan youth project on intercultural dialogue;
- A multi-lateral project
- A bi-lateral project for human rights education in schools using drama as means of expression, between Morocco and Lithuania;
- A multi-lateral Euro-Med project for 2008 (Year of Intercultural Dialogue) focussing on music and arts;
- A multi-lateral project based on local human rights education projects using Compass methodology in Syria, Hungary, Portugal and Malta. 
Conclusions/Follow Up The course was evaluated as a great success by both participants and organisers. The evaluations included also some proposals for improvement:
- Increase the duration of the course (in order to allow a deeper insight ot the various themes and to allow for a full intercultural learning experience;
- Have a consistent approach to the geographical origin/background of the participants;
- Associate other partners active in the area with the view of developing sustainable projects.

In terms of follow-up, this includes:
- the development and implementation of the five projects;
- providing monitoring and support to those projects (by the trainers and the institutions);
- Enabling network and communication with participants through an e-learning/follow-up platform (in the ACT-HRE e-learning site).

The Anna Lindh Foundation and the Council of Europe/Partnership are also committed to continue this cooperation in 2008. Concrete proposals should be formulated by September. 
Participants Youth workers, youth leaders, teachers or occasional trainers, involved with intercultural dialogue and/or human rights education (on a regular or occasional basis), who were:
- Interested in the broader framework of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation;
- Motivated to learn and further develop their competences in human rights education and/or intercultural dialogue;
- Committed to follow-up the training course with multiplying activities (youth projects, training activities, etc.);
- Supported by an institution or organisation in the framework of which they will develop their follow-up activities;
- Able to work in English or French and to attend the full duration of the course.

A particular priority was given to participants from South East Europe (one third of the total), in addition to those from the ''Mediterranean'' countries.

The participants were very motivated and constituted an excellent group of learners and committed social activists and educators. 
Consultants/Experts - Mr Alper Akyuz, Turkey
- Mr Pieter-Jan Uttersproot, France
- Mr Roy Abou Khalil, Lebanon
- Ms Lucia Barbieri, Italy
were recruited as trainers (on expenses of the Anna Lindh Foundation)

Ms Ellie Keen, United Kingdom, was hired for one day as lecturer on human rights. 
CoE Secretariat Ms Antje Rothemund, Executive director of the European Youth Centre Budapest, opened the course;
Mr Rui Gomes, Head of Unit Education and Training, was course director;
Ms Annette Schneider, educational advisor at the EYCB, presented the Youth Programme on Human Rights Education and Intercultural Dialogue and acted as a resource person to the participants;
Ms Viktoria Karpatska, project assistant for the Youth Partnership secretariat at the EYCB, provided administrative support. 
Total No. Participants 43 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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