Advancing Transformative Human Rights Education

Advancing Transformative Human Rights Education

Dr. Monisha Bajaj

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. The Appendix was written by a team assembled by the Center for Global Justice (University of California, San Diego), including Monisha Bajaj (University of San Francisco), Beniamino Cislaghi (Tostan) and Gerald Mackie (University of California, San Diego).

Background on the Global Citizenship Commission

The Global Citizenship Commission was convened, under the leadership of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the auspices of NYU’s Global Institute for Advanced Study, to re-examine the spirit and stirring words of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The result – the report and appendices – offers a 21st-century commentary on the original document, furthering the work of human rights and illuminating the ideal of global citizenship. What does it mean for each of us to be members of a global community?

Since 1948, the Declaration has stood as a beacon and a standard for a better world. Yet the work of making its ideals real is far from over. Hideous and systemic human rights abuses continue to be perpetrated at an alarming rate around the world. Too many people, particularly those in power, are hostile to human rights or indifferent to their claims. Meanwhile, our global interdependence deepens.

Bringing together world leaders and thinkers in the fields of politics, ethics, and philosophy, the Commission set out to develop a common understanding of the meaning of global citizenship – one that arises from basic human rights and empowers every individual in the world. This landmark report affirms the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and seeks to renew the 1948 enterprise, and the very ideal of the human family, for our day and generation.

Members of the Global Citizenship Commission include: K. Anthony Appiah, Laurel Bellows, Nicolas Berggruen, Paul Boghossian, Gordon Brown (Chair), Craig Calhoun, Wang Chenguang, Mohamed ElBaradei, Fonna Forman, Andrew Forrest, Ronald M. George, Asma Jahangir, John Kufuor, Graça Machel, Catherine O’Regan, Ricken Patel, Emma Rothschild, Robert Rubin, Jonathan Sacks, Kailash Satyarthi, Klaus Schwab , Amartya Sen, John Sexton, Robert Shrum, Jeremy Waldron, Joseph Weiler, Rowan Williams, Diane C. Yu (Executive Director).

[icon type=”glyphicon glyphicon-download-alt” color=”#dd3333″] Download the Appendix: “Advancing Transformative Human Rights Education
[icon type=”glyphicon glyphicon-share-alt” color=”#dd3333″]  Report and Appendices freely available here
[icon type=”glyphicon glyphicon-share-alt” color=”#dd3333″]  Article on the work of the Global Citizenship Commission

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