This book reviews the highlights of the Council of Europe conference Local Partnerships for preventing and combating Violence at School (December, 2002). The conference discarded repression altogether as a means of curbing violence in schools. Instead, discussion focused on mediation, intercultural dialogue, early warning systems, prevention programmes at primary school level, and above all, on respect for the human rights of both the victim and the defender.
Too many people with disabilities, particularly children, continue to experience isolation, stigma and social exclusion because they live in specialised institutions.
The Conference “Human Rights- disability-Children: towards international instrument for disability rights – the special case of disabled children”, organised by the Council of Europe reviewed current Council of Europe instruments to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities. It focused in particular on the right of children with disabilities to grow up within a family and in a community context.
This volume presents the papers of the closing conference on the “Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century” project. The aim of the project was to produce teaching resources for an approach to 20th century European history that considers multiple perspectives in an attempt to pave the way for intercultural understanding. Apart from presenting these resources, the conference also brought together historians to give their views on controversial issues in history and the implications of these in teaching topics like WWII, prejudice in history, the role of history in contributing to tolerance and respect, etc.
The misuses of history is based on the symposium “Facing misuses of history”, a part of the “Learning and teaching about the history of Europe in the 20th century” project. “After discussing what makes history, by its very nature, vulnerable to distortion, the participants attempted to clarify why and by whom history could be abused, looking at a wide variety of misuses of history (abuse by denial of historical facts, by falsification, by fixation on a particular event, by omission, out of laziness or ignorance, by exploitation for extraneous purposes, to name but a few). They concluded that while contemporary history is the most susceptible, all historical periods can be open to distortion. Similarly, all fields of history – not only political but also economic, social and cultural history – run the risk of abuse. Finally, the participants identified a number of approaches to face and counter misuses of history.”