This strategy has been released in November 2007 during the Development Daysin Lisbon. It aims to provide a framework for the development of Development Education and awareness raising at local, regional, national and European levels.
As said Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid: "this consensus on development education is as important as the European Consensus on Development. Young people are unaware of poor people suffering. Raising awareness amongst the young people is a day to day effort. Development education is a long term process to prepare the young people for the debates of tomorrow."
This strategic framework is indeed a contribution to the implementation of the European Consensus on Development (2005) with particular reference to the mention that "...the European Union will pay particular attention to development education and raising awareness among EU citizens."
As Rilli Lappalainen, chair of the CONCORD Development Education forum, explains: this strategy has been elaborated with the contributions from the stake-holders of the civil society, Euro-parlamentarians, national governments and the European institutions. "A lot of action already existed, but separetely. This strategy is a tool to encourage cross cutting activities."
"This strategy framework is the beginning of future actions. Annexes will provide details for each stake-holder’s group on how to implement the strategy’s principles and policy. In one year, we will assess what has been done. A reference manual of best practices and lessons learned will complement the framework" said Anita Reddy from InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany).
Use the following link to download the strategy framework and start putting it into practice:
Information provided by Pierre Mathieu, CONCORD Assistant, http://www.concordeurope.org