EARTH HOUR 2012 – Dare to save the Planet


We only have one planet.  You can help protect it. Participate in the world’s largest single campaign for the planet: Earth Hour. It starts by turning off your lights for an hour at 8:30 pm on March 31, 2012 in a collective display of commitment to a better future for the planet.

It may not seem much of a sacrifice to focus for one hour on the impact we have on our future, but the possibility for attitude change, moving globally, like a ‘virus’ , could be breathtaking.

Check out WWF Earth Hour website

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has delivered a powerful message to participants across the globe, in the lead up to Earth Hour this Saturday March 31, 8.30pm – 9.30pm. Bokova says the Earth Hour campaign is an opportunity to show commitment and also a moment for reflection on the planet.

“This campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness about climate change and our responsibility for tackling its root causes. It is also a powerful sign of our commitment to a sustainable planet and to sustainable energy for all.

“This commitment stretches across the whole planet including humanity’s most precious places. Many of these iconic buildings, monuments and places are lit up at night. People look to them as sources of identity, as touchstones of belonging and meaning. Turning lights off on Angkor, the Acropolis or the Sydney Opera House among others is a strong symbol. A symbol to help us see the world differently.” See the full message here


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – 21st March 2012

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws. Proclaiming the day in 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

It is shameful that after decades of challenging racism that the football terraces are still the breeding ground for racism and intolerance (even catholics fighting with protestants). It seems that we have not evolved far enough for our brains  to respond at such a primeval level.

“Overcoming racism compels us to address public policies and private attitudes that perpetuate it. On this International Day, I call on Member States, international and non-governmental organizations, the media, civil society and all individuals to engage meaningfully in the promotion of the International Year for People of African descent – and to work together against racism whenever and wherever it occurs.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2011

And a message from Canada

Resources listed by HREA

Racial and ethnic discrimination occur on a daily basis, hindering progress for millions of people around the world. Racism and intolerance can take various forms − from denying individuals the basic principles of equality to fuelling ethnic hatred that may lead to genocide − all of which can destroy lives and fracture communities.

Since the Sharpeville massacre, substantial progress has been made in the struggle against racism. The apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, has been established. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification. Yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.

Source: United Nations

Selected learning materials

Learning Activities for Use With Young People to Explore the Issue of Discrimination
These five lesson activities, developed by Amnesty International, explore the issue of discrimination using discussion, group exercise, project work and a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The international basis for intercultural education including anti-racist and human rights education
The goal of this publication is to make international human rights treaties more known, particularly those that consider teaching and education as effective means to shape international human rights standards into reality.

The Struggle Against Discrimination: A Collection of International Instruments Adopted by the United Nations System (by UNESCO)
This collection of international instruments against discrimination consists of the full text of 27 treaties and declarations from  the UN system, the International Labour Organisation and UNESCO. The book also includes two introductory essays.

United Nations Guide for Minorities
This guide has been prepared with a view to assisting minorities in understanding how to seek protection of their rights through the different procedures existing at the international and regional levels. Practical advice is also given on how to take legal action where members of minorities consider that their rights under a particular treaty have been violated.

Using the international human rights system to combat racial discrimination. A Handbook by Amnesty International
This handbook is intended to be of use to non-governmental organisations and others who wish to address and combat racial discrimination.

International and regional standards on combating racial discrimination:

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)

International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid(1976)

UNESCO Declaration on Race and Racial Prejudice (1978)

Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (1992)

Useful links

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Durban Review Conference 2009

Racism. Stop it! initiative (Canada)

World Conference Against Racism (2001)

Links to organisations that are involved in preventing and combating racism and racial discrimination

Other resources on supporting diversity:

Homophobia – Let’s Tackle It

Homophobia - Let's Tackle It




  • Teacher's PackTeacher’s Pack



Average rating

1 2 3 4 5

This DVD education pack has been produced by Show Racism the Red Card. The DVD includes two films featuring interviews with sports stars, actors and young people who talk about their experiences of homophobia and discuss ways to combat it.






New Training Module – Human Rights and Accountability

Education in Emergencies used to be the forgotten dimension in emergency work as the immediate reaction was to deal with more structural dimensions of an emergency such as health,  food , water and shelter. The work of INEE has changed all that and provided emergency teams with a comprehensive package of guidance ,developed by practitioners in the field.

INEE and the Global Education Cluster have added a new training module on Human Rights and Accountability to the Education in Emergencies harmonized training package.


The Human Rights and Accountability Training Module complements the rest of the training package by creating awareness around human rights and serving as a tool to achieve quality education and a life of dignity. The module includes a Powerpoint presentation, handouts, interactive dialogue sections and exercises to guide participants through the various steps of using Human Rights in their education work. Learning points include good practices to support rights-holders, as well as how to identify key duty-bearers and lines of accountability available to affected populations and education actors.


The module was developed for INEE and the IASC Education Cluster by Peter Hyll-Larsen andActionAid International – The Right to Education Project, in consultation with members of the Education Cluster Working Group and the INEE Working Group on Minimum Standards and INEE Tools. The Right to Education Project aims to promote social mobilisation and legal accountability by focusing on the legal challenges to the right to education.


Explore the Education in Emergencies Training Package!

The package contains the following 14 modules with presentations, facilitators’ guides and exercises, available on the INEE Toolkit. Modules on Youth, Gender and Inclusive Education are currently under development.

0.    Guidance and Time Tabling

1.    The Rationale for Education in Emergencies

2.    INEE Minimum Standards Framework

3.    Technical Components for Education in Emergencies

4.    Education in Emergencies Coordination

5.    Action Planning and Follow-Up

6.    Assessment

7.    Programme Design, Monitoring and Evaluation

8.    Links Between Education and Other Sectors

9.    Contingency Planning

10.  Early Recovery and Transition

11.  Advocacy and Policy

12.  Risk Reduction

13.  Teaching and Learning

14.  Human Rights and Accountability



E-learning Module on the INEE Minimum Standards: Learn more about the INEE Minimum Standards through the INEE e-learning module. The module employes a variety of resources and methods and uses the Darfur refugee crisis as an example to demonstrate how the INEE Minimum Standards can be used as a framework for designing quality education programmes in conflict-induced situations.


Training Adaptations: The Education in Emergencies Training Package has already been used in many contexts, and the training materials have been adapted to suit the context and participants’ needs for each training. The training adaptations are available on the INEE website. If you wish to share your training agenda and supporting materials, please contact


For more information and questions on the Education in Emergencies Training Package and capacity development initiatives of INEE and the Education Cluster, please and


Defining Success: Developing Locally Meaningful Indicators for Child-centered Psychosocial Programming in Uganda

New publication – Defining Success: Developing Locally Meaningful Indicators for Child-centered Psychosocial Programming in Uganda

(Child Protection in Crisis)

How can we measure the impact of community-based psychosocial programs on the sustained well-being of children and families? This question was addressed by the Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network through its 2010 ethnographic study in Uganda. Interviews were conducted with 320 children and 150 parents in four districts, in both rural and urban settings. The collected information was used to develop core indicators of children’s psychosocial well-being.


The full report is available here 

Towards an Education Sector-Level Conflict Analysis

PUBLICATION: Towards Education Sector-Level Conflict Analysis: A Review of the INEE Workshop Methodology

(Journal of Peace, Conflict and Development)

New approaches are being developed to reveal how the education sector is not only affected by conflict but also serves as a possible medium for unintentionally – or deliberately – reinforcing and perpetuating conflict. Such innovative analytic frameworks are being developed by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Working Group on Education and Fragility. This report summarises lessons learned and recommendations for a workshop methodology towards good practice for sector-level conflict analysis.

The full report is available here.   

Study on Field-based Programmatic Measures to Protect Education from Attack – new publication

Study on Field-based Programmatic Measures to Protect Education from Attack

This study by  GCPEA reported in the new INEE newsletter:

This study attempts to create a knowledge base of programmatic measures to protect education from attack. Attacks on education are defined here as attacks on students, educators and other education personnel at education institutions, including abductions, recruitment into armed groups, forced labor, sexual violence, targeted killings, threats and harassment. Destruction, looting and occupation of education facilities, and damage and destruction of learning materials and administrative records are also included.

The full report is available here.