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Human Rights Education

As readers of this blog probably know, I’m convinced that one of the major keys to peace is education.  Here is a site that highlights and provides means to promote, human rights education (they are not entirely politically neutral, so the usual caveat applies). The PDHRE “about” page explains:

“Founded in 1988, the People’s Decade of Human Rights Education (PDHRE-International) is a non-profit, international service organization that works directly and indirectly with its network of affiliates — primarily women’s and social justice organizations — to develop and advance pedagogies for human rights education relevant to people’s daily lives in the context of their struggles for social and economic justice and democracy.”

Human rights are one way of understanding positive peace:  a peaceful world would be one in which human rights are realized.  Also, human rights are often misunderstood, if not to say, misrepresented.  For instance, you might have heard of the “Asian” critique of human rights, which basically suggests that human rights are Western in origin, and are too individualistic for Asian societies.  While, I would not altogether dismiss this, as it turns out there are very (very) few Asian countries that have not signed on to the main Human Rights documents. I mention this here primarily to indicate that there is a need for human rights education.  If you think about it, it is a bit strange that people learn so much about literature, science and other fields, but so little about their basic human rights.

The PDHRE site has many useful documents.  You might start with the manual “Understanding Human Rights” , which is available in many languages.  You will also see on the home page that they have a variety of articles dealing with such topics as freedom of belief, women, the information society, globalization and many others, from a Human Rights perspective.

IGbarb says:  check it out!


December 24, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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  1. […] on Human Rights Education I have written previously about Human Rights Education, but I think the subject merits more consideration.   I have just finished teaching a course on […]

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