The team leading the action on education “Fostering a democratic school culture” in Serbia partnered with the European Youth Centre in Budapest and organised a training and peer exchange for 40 team members selected from the Serbian pilot schools that are implementing the Competences for Democratic Culture in their schools and communities.
The aim of the activity was to equip the pilot schools’ representatives and key stakeholders of the project with additional skills and knowledge about the principles of human rights education and competences for democratic culture, as well as to provide specific practical examples that could be implemented in practice in their curricular and extra-curricular activities. The programme, developed in cooperation with colleagues from the Council of Europe’s Youth Department, adopted the whole-school approach and peer learning as guiding principles.
This training and peer exchange complemented the training and development that the pilot schools are undergoing and was based on the principles, concept and methodologies of Human Rights Education, Education for Democratic Citizenship and Competences for Democratic Culture.
The event took a holistic approach and, therefore, the focus of the programme was on a peer exchange between the participants and policy makers from Serbia, Hungarian human rights educators and civil society representatives with the purpose of experience sharing and further development of the competences of the pilot schools. The peer exchange visit made it possible for the delegates to meet, discuss and learn about best practices from Hungarian human rights professionals working in the fields of education and human rights and representing such organisations as Amnesty International Hungary, the Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights Hungary, Hope for Children Hungary, Phiren Amenca, as well as the Council of Europe’s Roma Youth Action Plan.
The training and peer exchange took place from 18 to 20 July and the schools were supported by the active participation of Ms. Anamarija Viček, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Mr. Olivera Todorović, Head of the Centre for Professional Development of the Institute for Improvement of Education, and Ms. Gordana Čaprić, Deputy Director of the Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation.