EPISODE 3 – Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World

Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World is a four part series podcast launched on 28th April. In episode 3, we meet Felisa Tibbitts speaking about Human Rights Education and Transformative Pedagogy in Higher Education.

Episode 3. Human Rights Education and Transformative Pedagogy in Higher Education

Guest: Felisa Tibbitts

Felisa Tibbitts is Chair in Human Rights Education, Utrecht University and UNESCO Chair of Human Rights in Higher Education. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of human rights education. In 1996, she co-founded the Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), a global human rights education center based in the USA with human rights training programs around the world.  In this episode, we ask her about her personal experience and why and how she applies critical and transformative pedagogy when teaching human rights and peace education at Teachers College, Colombia University, USA, to students coming from all over the world.

“Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. … Human rights education constitutes an essential contribution to the long-term prevention of human rights abuses and represents an important investment in the endeavour to achieve a just society in which all human rights of all persons are valued and respected”  OHCHR

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  • Tibbitts, F. (2005) “Human Rights Education and Transformative Learning.” Special issue of Intercultural Education, 16(2), 107-113.

See full schedule for the upcoming podcast in the series.

Building Hopes: Engaged Educators Change the World  

Teresa Cappiali, creator and host

Teresa is a Senior Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights (RWI) in Sweden. She is also the founder of the start-up NOIWE- NO INNOVATION WITHOUT EDUCATION, a company offering training and toolkits to public and private organisations via the use of educational models based on principles of critical and transformative pedagogy.


Francesca Cerri, co-producer 

Francesca is a multimedia storyteller who works with community engagement to challenge mainstream narratives. She uses a diversity of approaches and platforms (planning practice, research, artistic projects, and teaching) to highlight the knowledge of underrepresented groups and validate their experience.


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