Thematic discussion 2011 “HUMAN RIGHTS IN EDUCATION “

About the organisers

The Symposium is being organised and hosted by the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation of the Council of Europe in cooperation with Peter G. Kirchschlaeger (Centre of Human Rights Education of the University of Teacher Education Lucerne), Jim Murdoch (University of Glasgow) and the Division of Communication of the European Court of Human Rights. The Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation has launched in 2010 a new project “Learning the key principles and the functioning of the European system of protection of human rights” (2010-2014) aiming to encourage an effective implementation and respect of Human rights in the education sector (of 47 member States) through a better understanding of the principles of the European Human Rights system and the functioning of its mechanisms. This Symposium is the first of a series of annual events that will be organised within the lifecycle of the project on different topics of interest for educators and lawyers, education policy makers as well as law students and teachers.

About the aim and general themes

The Symposium will address the broad topic of promoting freedom of expression, not only in the classroom (in respect of senior students in secondary level education) and in the education context but also more generally in helping spread awareness of and respect for the standards and values expressed in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and other standard-setting bodies of the Council of Europe. The suggested topics approach the general theme from three perspectives: first, discussing with young people the importance of freedom of expression in democratic society; second, consideration of ‘responsibilities’ in the exercise of free expression; and third, examination of additional interests and values in freedom of expression in the classroom.

The Symposium aims to be as participatory as possible. For this purpose, the keynote addresses are immediately followed by Q&A sessions. The design of the programme tries to contribute to this goal:

it starts with the background (opening) and theoretical fundament (keynote addresses)

it gets more specific and practice-oriented in the breakout-sessions

challenges and questions from the breakout-sessions will then be blended in the plenary by experts

furthermore the participants can work – inspired by the discussion so far – on the follow up in their specific context in smaller groups

finally a real success story of the European Human Rights Mechanism tries to “empower” the participants that they can contribute to a change in favor of human rights is possible.

Organising Committee: Mr. Astrit DAUTAJ, Albania, Mr. Bernard DUMONT, France, Mr. David KERR, UK, Mr. Peter KIRCHSCHLAEGER, Switzerland, Mr. Jim MURDOCH, UK, Ms. Ivana RADACIC, Croatia, Mr. Mitja SARDOC, Slovenia

1st Day – 24 November 2011

Venue: EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

8h30      Arrival and Registration – Court of Human Rights

9h00 – 9h45                Opening addresses The opening addresses aim at providing an overview of current challenges  in promoting freedom of expression both inside and outside the classroom.

« Human rights in and through Education » by Sjur Bergan, Head of Education Department, Democratic Citizenship and Participation Directorate, DGII, Council of Europe

« Freedom of expression: challenges and perspectives » by Mitja Sardoc, Slovenia

« Freedom of expression values in Strasbourg case law » by Eva Hubalkova, Head of Legal Division, European Court of Human rights

« Learning the key principles and the functioning of the European system of protection of human Rights » by Ivana Radacic, Croatia and Villano Qiriazi, Council of Europe

9h45- 11h00                Plenary Session 1: Introduction to the themes of the Symposium The first plenary session will introduce three perspectives from which the general theme of the symposium will be addressed. Each key note address will be followed by a short questions and answers-session.

Topic 1: Freedom of expression in the classroom: preparing  young people for participatory democracy The focus will be on the following themes: Preparing young people for ‘citizenship’; the place of human rights in the senior school curriculum; encouraging freedom of expression in the classroom; promoting understanding and awareness of democracy and the rule of law in the European context.

Introductory paper: ‘What do we mean by “participatory democracy”, and how can this be developed in the classroom? Vedrana Spajic Vrkas, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Questions and answers 10’

Topic 2: Responsibilities and Rights: promoting tolerance and respect for others : The focus will be on the following themes: responsibilities to others; addressing racism, teaching history; promoting pluralism

Introductory paper: ‘Promoting awareness of responsibility towards others in the exercise of freedom of expression” : Peter G. Kirchschlaeger, Centre of Human Rights Education (ZMRB), University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Switzerland

Questions and answers 10’

Topic 3: Parental Rights students’ Rights, and state interests: intercultural education and the curriculum : The focus will be on the following themes: religious education; parental rights; intercultural education

Introductory paper: ‘Religion, parental rights and educational provision: European standards’ : Jim Murdoch, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Questions and answers 10’

11h15                          Coffee break

VENUE: PALAIS DE L’EUROPE

11h30 – 13h00            First Round of Parallel Breakout Sessions : During this first round various concrete issues and problems arising within the main topics outlined earlier on will be discussed and debated in groups.

Parallel Breakout Sessions 1 – Topic 1

UN-CRC article 12: a bridge to democratic participation at school : Massimo Di Rienzo, Save the children Italy – Education Unit – Roma, Italy

Students understanding of human rights – Implication for citizenship Education : Inke Heldt, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Parallel Breakout Sessions 2 - Topic 2

ABA ROLI – Programme Combating racism and xenophobia in Ukrainian schools : Olena Radionenko, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative – Kyiv, Ukraine

The Inner City School Initiative «Learning and Living Diversity» : Ulrike Wolff-Jontofsohn, Freie Universität Berlin/ University of Education Freiburg, Germany

Parallel Breakout Sessions 3 Topic 3

Religion in educational institutions: cases of religious dress and religious symbols of the European Court of Human Rights – Ivana Radacic, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia

Compulsory Religious Education vs Parental Religious Convictions : the case of Alevis in Turkey – Zeynep Usal, Koç University Law School – Istanbul, Turkey

13h00 – 14h30          Lunch

14h30 – 16h00          Second Round of Parallel Breakout Sessions : During this second round again various concrete issues and problems arising within the main topics outlined earlier on will be discussed and debated in groups.

Parallel Breakout Sessions 4 Topic 1

UN-CRC article 12: a bridge to democratic participation at school : Massimo Di Rienzo, Save the children Italy – Education Unit – Roma, Italy

Students understanding of human rights – Implication for citizenship Education : Inke Heldt, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Parallel Breakout Sessions 5 Topic 2

ABA ROLI – Programme Combating racism and xenophobia in Ukrainian schools : Olena Radionenko, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative – Kyiv, Ukraine

The Inner City School Initiative «Learning and Living Diversity » Ulrike Wolff-Jontofsohn, Freie Universität Berlin/ University of Education Freiburg, Germany

Parallel Breakout Sessions 6 Topic 3

Religion in educational institutions: cases of religious dress and religious symbols of the European Court of Human Rights – Ivana Radacic, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia

Compulsory Religious Education vs Parental Religious Convictions : the case of Alevis in Turkey – Zeynep Usal, Koç University Law School – Istanbul, Turkey

16h30- 18h00              Third Round of Parallel Breakout Sessions : During this third round again various concrete issues and problems arising within the main topics outlined earlier on will be discussed and debated in groups.

Parallel Breakout Sessions 7

Free2Choose and Free2Choose create: The use of video as hands on learning tool to increase awareness and understanding of human rights : Marija Davidovic/ Tali Padan, Ann Frank House – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Human Rights Club – Escola Basica 2/3 Rainha Santa Isabel : Maria Idalina Mendes Francisco – Leria, Portugal

Parallel Breakout Sessions 8

Participatory Democracy Through an Arts Based / Human Rights Lens : Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario, Art and Resistance through Education (ARTE) – Brooklyn, New York, USA

Inscrire les droits fondamentaux en salle de classe : Katia de Rodiguès, Association Inscrire – Paris, France

Parallel Breakout Sessions 9

Rights to Netizens : Participative and playful approaches to human rights on the web – European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy : Barbara Schmiedl, European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy ETC Graz, Austria

Human Rights Education in contexts of fragile democracies – good practices : Ileana Rusenescu, School 205 Bucharest, Romania

2nd Day – 25 November 2011

Venue: EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

9h30 – 10h30              Report Session: Summary of results of discussions in breakout sessions – Questions and answers : This session serves to exchange thoughts and conclusions arising from the breakout sessions and to discuss remaining questions in the plenary.

10h30                          Presentation of results of the first year of the Project Group « Learning the key principles and the functioning of the European system of protection of Human rights» Council of Europe  Bernard Dumont, Consultant in Training Engineering, e-learning and Quality in Education, France

This presentation will provide insights into a running human rights education project of the Council of Europe.

11h00- 11h30              Coffee break

11h30 – 13h00            Panel Session (experts) and General discussion A panel of experts will discuss about promoting freedom of expression both inside and outside the classroom. The discussion will be followed by a debate with the participants.

Astrit Dautaj, Educational Researcher, Institution of Curriculum and Standards, Tirana, Albania

Peter G. Kirchschlaeger, Centre of Human Rights Education (ZMRB), University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Switzerland

Jim Murdoch, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Reinhild Otte, Germany

Ivana Radacic, Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia

Mitja Sardoc, Education Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Gunnar Mandt, The European Wergeland Centre, Oslo, Norway

13h – 14h                    Lunch

14h00                          Guided visit of the European Court of Human Rights and of the  Documentation Centre (optional) Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an optional visit of the Court’s premises and its Documentation Centre.

VENUE: PALAIS DE L’EUROPE

14h30 – 16h00            Working Sessions on follow up scenarios and next steps : In three groups participants will work on the follow up, discuss topics of  concern, and develop strategies on how to address these challenges  effectively.

Group 1: «Database on Human rights Education pedagogical resources» Bernard Dumont, France and Jean-Sébastien Bourret, Council of Europe, Salvador Sanchez Alonso, Spain, Kostas Kastrantas, Greece

Group 2: «Integration of learning activities based on the Case Law of  the Human Rights Court into the curriculum» Participants: Students from the University of Glasgow, University of Teacher Education Lucerne, and the University of Zagreb

Group 3: «Scenarios for follow up and networking»

16h00- 16h30              Coffee break

16h30- 17h00              Closing Session: The Impact of the European Human Rights  Mechanism


Video “Learning about Freedom of Expression”