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EU governments commit to reinforce DEAR

European governments reinforced commitment to strengthen development education and awareness raising (DEAR) in Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council, which met on 15 October 2012 in Luxembourg.

The conclusions state that

15. The EU will continue to promote a strategic approach to increase the level and quality of Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) as well as the capacity of CSO networks in that regard.

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“19. The Council calls on European CSOs to partner with organisations from partner countries with long-term and equitable partnerships based on local demand, which should include monitoring and promoting Policy Coherence for Development, awareness raising and education on development-related issues, mentoring, coaching and peer learning, networking, and building linkages from the local to the global level.

With these conclusions, the Council reacts to a Communication by the European Commission on the role of civil society in development (“The roots of democracy and sustainable development: Europe’s engagement with civil society in external relations“), which unfortunately doesn’t address the role of civil society in DEAR at all.

“The Communication missed to tackle the question of citizens engagement through DEAR in Europe and beyond in a strategic manner”, writes CONCORD, the European confederation of Development NGOs in a reaction to the European Commissions publication. Consequently, the confederation welcomes that the member states acknowledged the importance of DEAR in the Council conclusions.

This reinforced commitment of the Council to engaging citizens with development comes only a few months after a strong call by the European Parliament to strengthen development education in Europe, through the adoption of a written declaration on development education and active global citizenship.

Written by Tobias Troll

Taken from: deeep.org

 
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(Catalá) Publicat el decret que modifica els ensenyaments mínims de primària i secundària en el que té a veure a l’àrea d’Educació per a la Ciutadania

 
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The European Parliament adopts the written declaration on development education and active gloabl citizenship

The European Parliament calls on Member States and the European Commission to strengthen development education across Europe.

After an intense 4 months campaign, the European Parliament adopts the written declaration on development education and global active citizenship.

On July 5th, the European Parliament has officially adopted the written declaration on development education and active global citizenship, co-tabled by MEP Filip KaczmarekMaria Badia i Cutchet, Catherine Greze, Fiona Hall and Michael Gahler.

The very positive response of the European Parliament follows a strong campaign lead by CONCORD and DEEEP, and sets the frame for new political debates on the role of European citizens within development.

The declaration, which promotes the strengthening of development education policies, both at national and European level represents a paramount political milestone for the development education sector.

Although several member states have already adopted a national strategy on development education, a high number of countries is still missing one, or has not fully implemented it yet.

While Europeans largely support development, personal active engagement for global justice remains low: 89% of Europeans attach a high value to development cooperation, but only 4% actively engage through volunteering.

The EU is one of the most significant funders of DEAR in Europe with €30million coming through EuropeAid, and yet, there is still no explicit strategy on development education.

MEP Kaczmarek declared that “development education plays a key role in the eradication of poverty and the promotion of sustainable development. It strengthens the support to the active engagement of citizens in local and global level to promote justice, human rights, and sustainable development.”

Information:  http://citizens.concordeurope.org/

 
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(Catalá) Conferència: “Incorporació de l’Educació per al Desenvolupament en l’Educació Formal”

Published on 6 julio 2012 by in General

 
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(Catalá) Reptes per la Incorporació de l’Educació per al Desenvolupament en l’Educació Formal

Published on 5 julio 2012 by in General

 
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(Catalá) Centre Jacint Verdaguer (Sant Sadurní d´Anoia)

 
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(Catalá) Convocatòria Jornades d’intercanvi d’experiències 2012

Published on 10 mayo 2012 by in General

 
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