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International conference Human Rights, Children’s Rights and Participation and Active Citizenship as Learning Outcomes of Higher Education Study Programmes

22 January 2019

University of Rijeka, University Campus

Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education and the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka, together with its international partners within the ERASMUS+ project „Modernity, Education and Human Rights – MEHR“  organised this international conference to, among other topics, present the results of Croatian survey and receive feedback from participants.

The Conference was the opportunity to present MEHR project results achieved so far, including results of a survey which encompassed both the questionnaire on human rights learning outcomes, sent out to all the study programmes leading to relevant professions and interviews with best practice programme leaders, with a short overview of the context of human rights education in Croatia as well as some recommendations for future practices and policies. Conference also included the panel discussion with stakeholders on Human Rights, Children's Rights and Participation, Active Citizenship in Croatian Higher Education Programmes – Areas of Improvement and Examples of good practice.

Venue

University of Rijeka
Camupus University
Building of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Teacher Education (Room 006)
Sveučilišna avenija 4
51 000 Rijeka

Conference photos:

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Conference agenda

Preliminary agenda:

08:30 – 9:00

Registration and coffee

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome

  • Emita Blagdan, Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE)
  • Representative of the Ministry of Science and Education – CROQF for Teacher Training Qualification and Quality Assurance of Higher Education programmes

09:15 – 9:45

Presentation of the Croatian Report

  • Marina Matešić, Agency for Science and Higher Education & Željka Ivković, Faculty of Teacher Education – Human Rights, Children’s Rights and Participation, Active Citizenship as Higher Education Learning Outcomes

09:45 – 11:00

Panel discussion with stakeholders on Human Rights, Children's Rights and Participation, Active Citizenship in Croatian Higher Education Programmes: Areas of Improvement and Examples

  • Lovorka Bačić, Centre for Peace Studies – Experience of Work with Teachers - Development of Civic Competence and Educational Needs
  • Martina Horvat, GOOD Initiative & GONG – Civic Education through Service LearningBenefits for Students and Society
  • Nikola Baketa, Institute for Social Research, Croatia – Civic Competences in LLP and Youth Worker Study Programme

Moderator: Marina Matešić, Agency for Science and Higher Education

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee

11:15 – 12:15 

A Path Forward: Can Universities Alone Achieve Quality Human Rights Education?

  • Kornelija Mrnjaus, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Pedagogy – Intercultural and Human Rights Education in initial teacher education at the University of Rijeka – lessons learned
  • Anela Nikčević – Milković, University of Zadar, Teacher Training Department – Human Rights in Teacher Training Programmes
  • Aleksandar Šušnjar, PhD Student, University of Rijeka – Perspective on Human Rights Learning Outcomes, SCL and Curriculum Development / Quality Assurance procedures

Moderator: Emita Blagdan, Agency for Science and Higher Education

12:15 –13:30

Lunch (University of Rijeka Campus cantina)

13:30 – 14:30

Human Rights and Interculturality as an Overarching Principle

Keynote speakers:

  • Vedrana Spajić-Vrkaš, University of Zagreb, FFZG Research and Training Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship – Learning human rights through citizenship education in a culturally plural context: Croatian approach as a lesson for Europe.

  • Matteo Tracchi, PhD Candidate at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padova, Italy – Citizenship education in Italy and Croatia: what place for human rights? A mixed-methods research on human rights education
  • Nihad Bunar, Stockholm University – Providing meaningful and equal education to migrant children – what should we know and do?

Moderator: Željka Ivković, Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka

14:30 – 15:30

Quality Assurance of Human Rights Learning Outcomes: Lessons Learned

  • John Delap, European Student Union – Student perspective (vox pop teaser)
  • Maria Lucinda Fonseca & Madalena Fonseca, Portugal (international comparative)
  • Željka Ivković, Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Rijeka, (Croatian report feedback summery)Ulf Hedbjörk, UKA – International Policy Perspective (QUAG teaser)

Moderator: Marina Matešić, Agency for Science and Higher Education