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Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children


The Council of Europe has launched the project ‘Building a Europe for and with children’ to focus on the respect for children’s dignity across Europe: to promote children’s rights and eradicate violence against children. The participation of children is essential in both dimensions. Compasito has an important role to play in this process. Based on the experiences of the highly acclaimed Human Rights Education Youth Programme of the Council’s youth sector, and the success of Compass, the manual on human rights education with young people’, Compasito provides children, educators, teachers and parents with activities and methods to introduce children to human rights in creative and attractive ways. The 42 practical activities serve to engage and motivate children to recognise human rights issues in their own environment. They help children to develop critical thinking, responsibility and a sense of justice, and help them learn how to take action to contribute to the betterment of their school or community. The manual also gives practical tips on how it can be used in various formal and non-formal educational settings.

This manual is a starting point: Compasito provides directions, but it is up to the children and those working with them to use it, and to use it in the best ways possible.

Link Compasito – Manual on Human Rights Education for Children (Website)

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Young People and Violence Prevention – Youth Policy Recommendations

youngpeople_en-youngpeople_en-1Violence is a serious issue in the lives of many young people, and various types of violence inflict crushing damage on their well-being, integrity and life possibilities. In Europe today, many young people are active in placing violence prevention at the heart of human rights advocacy. This book discusses and presents policy recommendations that can support the work of young people, public authorities and non-governmental organisations in violence prevention and in dealing with the consequences of violence. While these recommendations partially emerge from the experiences of young people as victims and perpetrators of multiple forms of violence, they emphasise the key role that young people can and do play as protagonists of violence prevention. This study is based on a Europe-wide synthesis of experience, research and practice accumulated within the Council of Europe’s youth sector and in particular its activities in human rights education.

Link Young People and Violence Prevention – Youth Policy Recommendations

Youth and Exclusion in Disadvantaged Urban Areas : Addressing the Causes of Violence

Trends-08_en.1-page-001Two major reports on violence and social exclusion in disadvantaged urban areas are highlighted in this volume. They examine the policies, processes and measures undertaken to overcome social exclusion and build social cohesion, particularly among young people. Both reports provide examples of good practice, lessons learnt and possible next steps.

This book is part of the series of publications “Trends in social cohesion” which was launched in order to provide a forum for observation and analysis of the developments taking place on matters of social cohesion in the Council of Europe member and non-member states.

Link Youth and Exclusion in Disadvantaged Urban Areas : Addressing the Causes of Violence (Book)

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Abolishing Corporal Punishment of Children – Questions and Answers

abolishing-corporal-punishment-of-children-questions-and-answersWhy should it be made illegal to hit children for disciplinary reasons? What right does the way children are raised? How can public attitudes be shifted towards positive and non-violent parenting? These and many other issues are discussed in this booklet, intended for parents, policy makers, lawyers, children’s advocates and other people working with children, all of whom have a vested interest in their well-being.Divided into four main parts, this booklet defines corporal punishment of children; gives reasons, based on international law, why corporal punishment should be abolished; discusses how abolition can be achieved; and debunks myths and public fears hovering around the issue. Punishing children physically is an act of violence and a violation of children’s human rights. Every nation in Europe has a legal obligation to join the 17 European nations that have already enacted a total ban on corporal punishment of children.

Link Abolishing Corporal Punishment of Children – Questions and Answers

Seven Good Reasons for Building a Europe for and with Children

articleThis information booklet identifies “seven good reasons for building a Europe for and with children”.

  1. Children are not mini-human beings with mini-human rights.
  2. Children are vulnerable. They need more protection, not less.
  3. No violence against children is justifiable.
  4. All violence against children can be prevented.
  5. Protecting children calls for a strategic approach.
  6. Children’s rights concern us all.
  7. Children’s rights make Europe grow.

It provides of ongoing activities at the Council of Europe aimed at protecting children’s rights and a comprehensive list of main legal texts related to the subject

Link Seven Good Reasons for Building a Europe for and with Children

Protecting Children against Corporal Punishment

protecting2_en-protectingchildren_en-1Is smacking a child an acceptable form of punishment? The answer is no. However, the vast majority of children in Europe have experienced some form of corporal punishment. Protecting children against corporal punishment describes how to raise awareness on this issue through campaigns and how child abuse can be prevented.

Case studies of successful campaigns in the United Kingdom, the United States and Poland are presented in detail.

This publication should be of particular interest to specialists who work in the child protection field, teachers, parents and health-care professionals.

Produced jointly by the integrated project “Response to violence in everyday life in a democratic society” and the Directorate General of Social Cohesion.

Link Protecting Children against Corporal Punishment

Plurilingual and Intercultural Competences: Descriptors and Teaching Materials – CARAP/FREPA

In cooperation with the ECML’s National Contact Points the project aimed to disseminate the tools developed within the CARAP / FREPA project (A Framework for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures) to support the development of plurilingual and intercultural competence of learning at all levels: the reference document FREPA – Competences and Resources, a bank of online teaching materials and a training kit.

Link Plurilingual and Intercultural Competences: Descriptors and Teaching Materials – CARAP/FREPA

Link Plurilingual and Intercultural Competences: Descriptors and Teaching Materials – CARAP/FREPA (Project Website)