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HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
Human Rights Education provides us with opportunities for considering capacity building as well as sustainable development. Capacity building because implementing Human Rights legislation as well as accepted norms still seem a long way off and sustainable development because communities will have difficulty in sustaining themselves , without conflict, if basic human rights (particularly Child Rights) are not ensured for all.
Democratic and peace orientated classrooms, where everyone’s rights are understood, protected and ensured can provide opportunities for skills to be learned and practiced.
Teachers can be helped to improve their own classroom organisation and management skills through exploring the work of the following organisations:
Human Rights Education Associates
The human rights education associates site draws together international resources to expand human rights education. Educators can take part in online courses and interactive tutorials. The electronic library provides curriculum and community-organizing resources.
The Research in Human Rights Education Paper Series intends to foster and disseminate research and evaluation in the practice of human rights education, training and learning. Through the Research in Human Rights Education Papers HREA hopes to encourage more research on the impact of human rights education and make the results available to practitioners, to academics and to funders.
Human Rights Training for Adults: What Twenty-Six Evaluation Studies Say About Design, Implementation and Follow-Up
Katharine Teleki, August 2007 (Issue no. 1), 35 pages
HREA training courses
HREA organises training for a range of professionals groups, including human rights defenders, development workers, educators, legal professionals, law enforcement officials, social workers, health professionals, and journalists.
In the third trimester of 2009 the new distance learning courses L’Information et la documentation en droits de l’homme, Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and International Law, and National Human Rights Institutions will be offered.
Amnesty International believes that learning about human rights is the first step toward respecting, promoting and defending the rights of all people. Teaching human rights means both conveying ideas and information concerning human rights and nurturing the values and attitudes that lead to the support of those rights.
TEACHERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Teachers Without Borders is an international network of educators in more than 80 countries. It partners with parents, corporations, and local and global agencies to promote educational initiatives tied to economic and ecological sustainability. Key programs include teacher training and curricular development that preserve cultural diversity and foster global understanding.
This group has been a staunch supporter of human rights education for the last 20 years in a very practical way -from looking at assessment and maths teaching to rethinking the way history is taught e.g. Rethinking Columbus
EDUCATORS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) helps educators create safe, caring, respectful, and productive learning environments. They also help educators work with young people to develop the social skills, emotional competencies, and qualities of character they need to succeed in school and become contributing members of their communities.
Find out about Adventures in Peacemaking, an activity-based program for early childhood and after-school settings, and Partners in Learning for middle schools to help develop safe and respectful learning environments. Since 9.11, Project Renewal has reached out to over 27 schools impacted by the events to aid in trauma recovery and community rebuilding. Learn about their Online Teacher Center.