Angola: Moxico – State Secretary Defends Human Rights Education in Police Training

Secretary of State for Human Rights, António Bento Bembe, stressed the need for the integration of the teaching of human rights in the training of new personnel of the National Police. “The police, whose responsibility is to enforce the law, must have the sense of citizenship which consists of the awareness of the Rule of Law it is not sustained without having as centre the dignity of the human person and the human rights duly guaranteed.”

Nepal: Lessons from integrating peace, human rights, and civic education into social studies curricula and textbooks

From 2007 to 2012, the Ministry of Education (MoE) of the Government of Nepal worked with Save the Children, UNESCO, and UNICEF to revise the national social studies curriculum. The aim was to promote education for peace, human rights, and civic education (PHRCE) in the wake of a 10-year Maoist insurgency and the transition to a democratic republic.

Columbia University Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017

The Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. HRAP is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building based at Columbia University in New York City. More than 300 Advocates from over 80 countries have participated in this program since 1989. Applications are due January 31, 2017.

Change: History Learning and Human Rights Education

“Change: History Learning and Human Rights Education,” a new book by Martin Gap, Felisa Tibbitts, Else Angel, Lea Fenner (Ed.), asks what opportunities offer combinations of human rights education and history learning for the empowerment of learners and for further development of both educational approaches? And what would such a combination look like in educational practice?

Nancy Flowers and Norma Tarrow, with moderator Dr. Monisha Bajaj (l to r) at the panel event on October 24.

Three Decades of Human Rights Education: A Conversation with HRE Pioneers Nancy Flowers & Norma Tarrow

After 30 years of advocating and educating for human rights in the United States, Nancy Flowers and Norma Tarrow addressed a packed room full of social justice and HRE graduate students, scholars, and educators at the University of San Francisco. Nancy and Norma went decade by decade through their interconnected experiences in advocating and educating about, for, and through human rights.

Bill calls for human rights courses in schools (Philippines)

Recognizing that human rights abuses have remained rampant in the country, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito wants the mandatory teaching of human rights in all public and private schools. In Senate Bill 1080, Ejercito proposed that all public and private schools should be required to include human rights courses in their curricula.

High-level panel discussion on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges – Opening statement by Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

This panel discussion marks five years since the adoption by the General Assembly of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. This Declaration places human rights education and training as a core pillar of our great project to realize all rights for all.

Program Manager for Education and Convening: International Human Rights Funders Group

The Program Manager for Education and Convening will support IHRFG’s diverse membership to critically reflect on their grantmaking practice, incubate and pilot new ideas, and initiate new collaborations. Core responsibilities of this role include designing and executing educational programming and developing relevant resources.

2016 Human Rights Education and Arts Internship Program: Art and Resistance Through Education

Launched in June 2011 in New York City, ARTE is a nascent, innovative organization that uses art, design, and technology to empower young people to develop creative solutions and bring awareness to local and global human rights challenges. The role of the ARTE Human Rights Education and the Arts Program Intern is two-fold: first, supporting the capacity-building and growth of the organization.
Secondly, based on the skills and interests of the intern, along with the program needs of the organization, there exists potential facilitation opportunities with youth. App deadline: Sept 30.

E. Devasagayam, Director, Institute of Human Rights Education, speaking on 'Human Rights Education Clubs in Tamil Nadu Schools' at Madurai. (Photo: S. James)

250 schools in Tamil Nadu to get Human Rights Clubs

The Institute of Human Rights Education’s (IHRE) initiative of forming Human Rights Clubs in schools is set to expand to 250 schools across 15 districts in Tamil Nadu. Introducing the initiative to Head Masters from schools across the State, Henri Tiphagne, executive director, IHRE, said the clubs, functioning since 2015, have proven to be considerably successful. “If you all want to see a Tamil Nadu without any caste-related or other human rights violations, it cannot happen through judiciary or police. But only through schools,” Mr. Tiphagne told headmasters, stressing the importance of imparting human rights related awareness to children.

Nigeria Government Urged To Include Human Rights In Education Curriculum

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been advised to integrate human rights training into the national education curriculum at secondary and tertiary levels particularly at police colleges and training institutions of other security agencies and the law School. This is one of the recommendations of participants at a one week sensitization and train-the-trainers workshop on human rights for the Nigeria Police Force, members of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Civil Society, the Judiciary and other stakeholders in the Justice Sector held in Calabar, Cross River State.

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

The 2016 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a more comprehensive view of the human rights funding landscape than ever before. Released by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and Foundation Center, the report analyzes 20,300 grants to 12,262 organizations worldwide in 2013. In total, 803 funders awarded $2.3 billion in funding for human rights — a 23 percent increase in giving between 2012 and 2013 among a consistent subset of funders.

Primary students pictured at Botahtaung Township’s School No. 6 in Rangoon on June 1, 2016. (Photo: Pyay Kyaw / The Irrawaddy)

National Human Rights Education Initiative Forthcoming in Burma

Burma’s national human rights commission will join the Ministry of Education in integrating human rights education into the national curriculum, a move likely to be implemented in the following academic year, the commission has announced.