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Developing Strategic Cooperation in History and Human Rights Education and Youth Work in Estonia
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main goal of the Developing Strategic Cooperation in History and Human Rights Education and Youth Work in Estonia (HHRE-YW-EST) project is to improve history and human rights knowledge, skills and attitudes in the field of youth work. The project will build connections between national and international formal and non-formal history, human rights and youth work education providers, as well as provide youth leaders and trainers in Estonia the history and human rights educational tools, knowledge and skills relevant to their work.The main activities in the project are developing integrated history, human rights and youth work educational programmes and innovative learning tools, methods and materials; organizing thematic conferences, discussions, seminars and training courses; and carrying out awareness raising activities. The main target groups of these activities are present and future youth workers, trainers, educators and youth leaders in Estonia. The project will include around 1400 actively involved participants. The project activities are carried out on international, national and local levels, the bulk of the activities focus on involving target groups at the local level. A trans-national approach is necessary for the exchange of feedback, knowledge, experience and best practises, for building stronger relationships and for a stronger multiplying effect.The project partners are the Unitas Foundation (EST), a foundation dedicated to raising awareness of Europe’s totalitarian history and human rights; Tallinn University (EST), as the primary higher education provider in Estonia that provides pedagogical education in youth work and history, as well as media and communications education; Georg Eckert Institute (GER) as an internationally renown text book and educational media research institute; Education Development Centre (LAT) as the leading non-profit nongovernmental organization in Latvia in the field of teachers’ professional development; and EUROCLIO (European Association of History Educators, NL) as a far-reaching network of 44 member Associations and 15 associated members from 52 countries.As a result of the project, an interdisciplinary student programme and online platform are developed, which combine history and human rights education methods and materials. The online platform as the key interface between various educational activities and tools can be used in different educational settings (formal, non-formal and informal; general and higher education). A textbook on human rights in youth work will be developed, to serve as a high quality resource for practising and training youth workers in Estonia, providing necessary information, methods and tools for implementing and understanding human rights in the context of youth work and of Estonian history and society. As a result of the project, existing partnerships are stengthened and new connections are made across different sectors, contributing to the development of high quality youth work. The project will influence youth and educational policy makers, who will take into account the implications of local and regional socio-cultural and historical factors and the paradigm of human rights in the shaping of Estonian youth and educational policy. The resources and tools that are developed during the project are translated into multiple languages, reaching outside the Estonian national borders and engaging wider communities across the globe through various online and offline channels. The project activities engage a wider audience and raise awareness of history and human rights issues through international dissemination.
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