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Education for a Europe of Rights. International symposium

Academic & Research
The CEU Campus
Friday, December 1, 2017, 10:00 am – Saturday, December 2, 2017, 7:00 pm

Dear CEU Community,

Human RightS Initiative, in collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung Europe, has the pleasure to invite you to


Education for a Europe of Rights

International Symposium

DECEMBER 1-2 / 10 am - 7 PM / N15, Quantum 101




Abstract / This symposium aims to comparatively examine the state of education for human rights, democratic citizenship and European values in four countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania) in an international perspective and with a special focus on secondary school education. It includes actors from governmental institutions, NGOs, the academia and international organizations to identify the main challenges faces in this field particularly, but not exclusively from the four countries in focus, and to formulate recommendations to policy-makers and civil society actors alike, some of which are to be disseminated through a memorandum. Furthermore, it brings together a group of talented students aged around 18 from the four countries, whom it offers an introductory training into the methods and tools of non-formal education that also foster critical thinking. The symposium aims to empower them to become ‘ambassadors’ of human rights protection and European values of plurality and openness in their environment through an international training and educational experience.



speakers and agenda / 1 December 2017 | Friday



10.00 – 12.00                        Registration

10.30 – 12.00             Teambuilding for the students 

                                    Facilitated by: Diana Grebles /Education for a Europe of Rights


12.00 – 12.30                        Welcome and introduction

Lucia Christiane Obst / ACF – Allianz Kulturstiftung

Prof. Marie-Pierre Granger / Central European University

Ana Belén Amil / CEU Human Rights Initiative

Max Steuer / Education for a Europe of Rights


12.30 – 13.30                        State of education for human rights, democratic citizenship and European integration in the participating countries – students’ view

Moderated by: Diana Grebles / Education for a Europe of Rights


13.30 – 14.30                        Lunch


14.30 – 16.30                        State of education for human rights, democratic citizenship and European integration in the participating countries – policymakers’ view

Slovakia: Zuzana Štrbíková / National Lifelong Learning Institute, CoE EDC/HRE Coordinator for Slovakia

Czech Republic: Alena Hesová / National Institute for Education

Hungary: Márton Bodó & Melinda Filó / Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development / OFI

Moderated by: Prof. Marie-Pierre Granger /CEU


16.30 – 17.00                        Break with refreshments


17.00 – 19.00                        State of education for human rights, democratic citizenship and European integration in the participating countries – experts’ view and general discussion

Slovakia: Kálmán Petőcz / Slovak Helsinki Committee

Romania: Andreea Vornicu / Centrul pentru Studiul Democratiei

Hungary: Rita Galambos / Foundation for Democratic Youth – Demokratikus Ifjúságért Alapítvány)

Moderated by: Péter Molnár/CEU


19.30 –                                   Dinner for invited participants and informal networking




speakers and agenda / 2 December 2017 | SATURDAY



From 07.30                            Breakfast

08.30 – 10.30             Workshop on peer education for human rights – concept, methods, practices

                                    Introductory remarks: Max Steuer/Education for a Europe of Rights

Workshop facilitator: Zsófia Tillinger / Foundation for Democratic Youth – Demokratikus Ifjúságért Alapítvány

10.30 – 11.00              Break with refreshments

11.00 – 11.40                        Keynote speech & Discussion: The responsibilities of higher education institutions in democratic citizenship and human rights education

Prof. Liviu Matei / CEU Provost and Pro-Rector

Moderated by: Adrienn Nyircsák / Education for a Europe of Rights

11.40 – 13.30                        Public discussion: What the EU and international organizations (UN, CoE, FRA etc.) can do to improve standards for human rights education and democratic citizenship?

Robert Sata  / CEU

Anca-Ruxandra Pandea / Council of Europe, Youth Department

David Mark/OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Moderated by: Prof. Renáta Uitz / CEU


13.30 – 14.30                        Lunch for participants


14.30 – 16.00                        Concluding session – feedback and best practices in education for a Europe of rights

Special remarks by: Szabolcs Virágh Kürt Alapítványi Gimnázium & Demokratikus Nevelésért és Tanulásért Közhasznú Egyesület

Gáspár Békés / Independent Student Parliament of Hungary

Martina Verčimáková / Secondary Grammar School for Exceptionally Gifted Children, Bratislava

Moderated by: Antal Berkes / Education for a Europe of Rights


16.00 – 16.30                         Discussion on a memorandum from the symposium


16.30                                      Closing and departure of participants



Project ‘Education for a Europe of Rights’ in cooperation with the Allianz Cultural Foundation and the Human RightS Initiative at the Central European University in Budapest.


Disclaimer: To ensure adequate documentation of the event, selected sessions may be recorded and made available online. By participating at these sessions, it is understood that consent has been provided with such recording. In case a participant does not wish to be recorded, an indication of this shall be made before the beginning of the symposium to