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.

Human Rights and Schooling: An Ethical Framework for Teaching for Social Justice

Most of the struggles for equitable schooling, including multicultural curricula and culturally responsive teaching, have largely taken place on a local or national stage, with little awareness of how international human rights standards might support these struggles. “Human Rights and Schooling” explores the potential of human rights frameworks to support grassroots struggles for justice and examines the impact that human rights and child rights education can make in the lives of students, including the most marginalized.

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National Human Rights Institutions will play a more strategic role in education

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on a new resolution on Human Rights Education and Training at the Human Rights Council’s Thirty-first session this spring. The resolution reconfirms and supplements state parties’ commitment to national implementation of international standards for human rights education five years after the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training from 2011.

“Education for 21st Century” Publishes Recommendations on Human Rights Education

EUROCLIO Associated Member Education for the 21st Century (Serbia) published “Recommendations on ‘Fostering Human Rights Through Deconstruction of Stereotypes in Education, Culture and Media’”. The recommendations are formulated by a group of academic experts from the Balkans after consultations with the educational, cultural and media sectors.

Bookmarks – A manual for combating hate speech online through human rights education

Hate speech is one of the most worrying forms of racism and discrimination prevailing across Europe and amplified by the Internet and social media. Hate speech online is the visible tip of the iceberg of intolerance and ethnocentrism. “Bookmarks” is published to support the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online. “Bookmarks” is useful for educators wanting to address hate speech online from a human rights perspective, both inside and outside the formal education system. The manual is designed for working with learners aged 13 to 18 but the activities can be adapted to other age ranges.

A child whose parents work in a brick kiln attends a class in an open air school at Krishnadevpur village, north of Kolkata, February 11, 2014. (Photo: REUTERS/Ahmad Masood)

Teach equality in India’s classrooms to end discrimination, says activist

Efforts to combat discrimination against India’s lower castes, religious minorities and women must begin in the classroom, with children holding the key to ending deep-rooted prejudices, a human rights campaigner said. According to the Amnesty International’s annual report for 2015-16, gender and caste based discrimination and violence has “remained pervasive” in India, with increasing censorship and attacks on freedom of expression over the last year. “Equality has to be taught in classrooms. We have to invest in fostering values of human rights,” lawyer and human rights activist Henri Tiphagne told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Human Rights Education Indicator Framework now available in English, French and Spanish

“The Human Rights Education Indicator Framework: Key indicators to monitor and assess the implementation of human rights education and training” developed by HRE 2020 is now available in French and Spanish, in addition to the English version that appeared in 2015.

Zacaria, Abir, who was pregnant at that time, and their one-year old son Yehia managed to escape Syria via unofficial routes. They arrived in Portugal in December 2015. Ferreira do Zezere, Portugal, February 2016 (Photo: © Ricardo Rodrigues da Silva)

Amnesty International: How personal stories can enhance the way we teach human rights

(Amnesty International) How to present the challenges faced by refugees to a young audience so they can relate to someone else’s experience? If you’re a teacher and if you’ve ever considered starting a discussion on refugee rights with your class, you may have wondered this. Amnesty International found out how a Human Rights Friendly School in Portugal uses personal testimonies to draw a more complete image of what it’s like to be a refugee.

HRE 2020: Global Coalition for Human Rights Education March 2016 Newsletter

HRE 2020 is a civil society coalition to support and strengthen the implementation of international human rights education commitments. It seeks to ensure a systematic monitoring of governments implementation of human rights education provisions in international human rights instruments. The March 2016 newsletter of HRE 2020 documents efforts and upcoming events.

Endowed Professor of Human Rights Education. Utrecht University, the Netherlands

As Endowed Professor of Human Rights Education you will study how human rights, in particular women’s rights, can best be given a place in education. In this respect, the leading question will be: Where and how can human and women’s rights best be addressed in academic and professional education? On the one hand, this means defining the relevant themes for a specific target group within the wider subject of human and women’s rights. On the other hand, it will also involve pedagogical and teaching questions: how can knowledge about human and women’s rights best be transferred in a way that takes root and has impact?

Students from the third grade have a group discussion during classes at Bairy Harin Mary Government Primary School, Bangladesh. (Photo: UNICEF / UNI155190 / Kiron)

Child Rights Education: Framing Your Pedagogy the UNICEF Way

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF works for the survival, protection, and development of children worldwide through advocacy, education, and fundraising for UNICEF’s work. Their Education Department contributes to that mission with TeachUNICEF global citizenship education resources, which are uniquely constructed to assure the dignity of children as rights-holders. Your pedagogy can also focus on this, as Daniel Sadowsky explains.

According to the education secretary, the education and literacy department has also drafted a bill, which makes it mandatory for children in Sindh to get an education. (Photo: Ayesha Mir, Express Tribune)

Human rights added in Sindh textbooks (Pakistan)

To promote tolerance and harmony, the provincial education department has started developing a curriculum on fundamental human rights in the textbooks for up to Intermediate. The chapters highlighting human rights have been incorporated in the new textbooks for classes one to seven. These chapters have been included in the general knowledge textbook for classes two and three, and in the social studies textbook for classes four and five. The additions in the textbooks for classes eight to Intermediate in under way.

Angola State Secretary for Justice, Isabel Tomenta (Photo: Joaquina Bento)

Angola committed to working on human rights education

Isabel dos Santos Tormenta, the Secretary of State for Justice, speaking at the opening ceremony of a workshop on the United Nations role in harmonizing the implementation of human rights, noted that the event was meant to materialize cooperation between Angola and Norway in the teaching of human rights in Angola. The Justice and Human Rights Ministry recently signed a protocol of cooperation with the Embassy of Norway.

Advancing Transformative Human Rights Education

The Global Citizenship Commission, convened under the leadership of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to re-examine the spirit and role of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), has launched its landmark report “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century: A Living Document in a Changing World.”

The Commission recognized the power of human rights education and its centrality to the achievement of the promises of the UDHR. As a result, the report has a 120-page Appendix entitled “Advancing Transformative Human Rights Education” that offers comprehensive analysis, case studies and insights.

Call for Nominations: Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award

In memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human right educator and valued member of Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA who died suddenly this summer, the organization’s Steering Committee has established the Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. Nominations are due June 15.