This project theoretically examines the contribution of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (UNDHRET) to human rights education programmes and modules. In particular, it focuses on university level education about, through and for human rights, and the role of university teachers as human rights educators.
All persons have the right to have access to Human Rights Education (HRE) as part of their Right to Education guaranteed under Article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966). In addition, HRE could be seen as a key long-term strategy for the enhancement of the promotion and protection of all human rights worldwide.
HRE focuses on the development of substantial knowledge and skills about human rights standards, principles and norms by means of engaging in learning and teaching processes through pedagogical methods and techniques that are in line with human rights principle and values. In this sense, HRE is not neutral. HRE is for human rights, including the empowerment of persons to enjoy and exercise their rights and to respect and uphold the rights of others. In fact, as stated in Article 2(1) of the UNDHRET, HRE aims to provide persons with knowledge, skill and understanding, develop their attitudes and behaviors, and empower them to contribute to the building and promotion of a universal culture of human rights.
Through our different programmes, RWI contributes to the development of capacities to educate learners about, through and for human rights within academic partner institutions around the world. Experience and feedback gathered during the different HRE workshops and seminars in which I have participated as leading facilitator and researcher will be capitalized in this project, which aims to develop a further solid theoretical foundation for those capacity building actions.
The outcome of this project is to contribute to the scientific debate by means of publishing a scholarly article in a leading international peer-reviewed journal.