HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION FOR ALL
“Human rights can only be achieved through an informed and continued demand by people for their protection. Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. It develops an understanding of everyone's common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community.Human rights education constitutes an essential contribution to the long-term prevention of human rights abuses and represents an important investment in the endeavor to achieve a just society in which all human rights of all persons are valued and respected.”
UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Such as knowing that human rights documents exist and which rights they contain, and that these rights are universally applicable to all human beings and inalienable.
Also knowing the consequences of violating human rights.
This knowledge helps learners to protect their own rights and the rights of others.
- that human rights are important,
- that human dignity is inherent in all people;
- that rights should be respected, that cooperation is better than conflict,
- that we are responsible for our actions, and that we can improve our world.
These attitudes help learners to develop morally and prepare them for positive participation in society.
Human rights education is a life-long process by which people at all levels of development and in all strata of society learn to respect the dignity of others and the means and methods of ensuring that respect in all societies. Human rights education is for everyone: students, families, schools, and communities.
Human rights education empowers individuals and helps them see themselves as responsible for promoting and protecting human rights.
BNHRE shares the understanding that Human Rights Education is education about, but also for human rights.
Human Rights Education is all about helping people to develop to the point where they understand human rights and where they feel that they are important and should be respected and defended. Rights Education is a human right, according to article 26 (2) of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR).
Human Rights Education is education about, but also for human rights.
- Teaching people about international law or about human rights violations such as torture is teaching about human rights.
- Teaching people how to respect and protect rights, is teaching for human rights. Human Rights Education is all about helping people to develop to the point where they understand human rights and where they feel that they are important and should be respected and defended.
PEDAGOGICAL ASPECTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION
Human rights education gives learners SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, and ATTITUDES which they will need to work towards a world free of human rights violations. These aspects are encapsulated in each of the activities by a participative, interactive educational METHODOLOGY.
NON-FORMAL HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION METHODOLOGY:
· Participative, interactive methodology involves learners fully in the educational process.
· Alongside their educator, they become active explorers of the world around them, rather than passive recipients of the educators' expertise.
· This methodology is particularly appropriate when dealing with human rights issues, where there are often many different points of view on an issue, rather than one 'correct' answer.
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