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What is human rights education?
Human Rights Education (HRE) is learning that develops the KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and VALUES of human rights with the broad goal of building a universal human rights culture. In other words, students should be aware of the issues, concerned by the issues, and capable of standing up for human rights. Human rights education will move students from understanding human rights concepts to examining their experiences from a human rights perspective and incorporating these concepts into their personal values and decision-making processes.
The following is a general breakdown of the the objectives of human rights education:
Learn about human rights
Promote awareness and understanding of human rights issues so that people recognize violations of human rights.
Learn for human rights
Develop the skills and abilities necessary for the defense of human rights
Learn through human rights
Develop attitudes of respect for human rights, so people do not violate the rights of others.
Human rights education framework
Many teachers often deal with aspects of human rights without giving it that name. HRE provides a common framework through which different subject matters may be taught in relation to one another. The topics of globalization, the environment, peace, citizenship, gender equality, democracy, poverty, and intercultural relations all address human rights issues and attempt to build a culture that respects human rights. Rather than teaching about these subject matters in isolation, using a HRE framework provides educators and students with a shared value system through which all subjects intersect.
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