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Encyclopedia > Human rights education

Human rights education is the teaching of the history, theory, and law of human rights in schools as well as outreach to the general public. Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... Outreach is an effort by an organization or group to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. ... Public is of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people; relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community; opposed to private; as, the public treasury, a road or lake. ...

Definitions: What is Human Rights Education

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. [www.ohchr.org/english/issues/training/programme.htm]

The goal of human rights education is empowerment. The result is social change. Human Rights Education involves the exploration of human rights principles and instruments, and the promotion of critical reflection and inquiry. Ultimately, human rights education inspires people to take control of thier own lives, and the decisions that affect their lives. https://www.equitas.org/english/ed-manuals/vision.php

Amnesty International defines Human Rights Education as a “deliberate, participatory practice aimed at empowering individuals, groups and communities through fostering knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with internationally recognized human rights principles”. http://web.amnesty.org/pages/hre-intro-eng



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