Human Rights Based Education

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10 arguments for human rights-based education

The resource provides 10 arguments in favour of human rights-based education for schools to consider. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)
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2008 research report on Hampshire RRR programme

This report summarises the evaluation research conducted over the past three years by Canadian academics Brian Howe and Katherine Covell on the Hampshire Education Authority’s Rights, Respect and Responsibility (RRR) initiative. The RRR initiative was started in Hampshire in 2003 and is based on and consistent with the rights of children as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The RRR extended the Cape Breton Program through systematic and strategic implementation of the initiative, through the widespread provision of teacher training, and through a whole-school reform approach. Overall, the RRR initiative must be considered to be a major success.

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A world programme

This resource illustrates how human rights-based education is also an international programme. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Benchmarks for rights respecting schools

This resource outlines the key benchmarks for creating a rights respecting school. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Building a rights-respecting school community

Developing the school as a rights-respecting community starts with building recognition of the human rights role of the school. For “respect for self, others and human rights” to be "evident in the school’s philosophy, structures, curriculum, classrooms, and relationships", a structured approach needs to be taken to applying a human rights and responsibilities lens throughout the life of the school. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Compass - Manual on human rights education with young people

Compass manual on human rights education with young people will provide you with ideas, inspiration and practical help for activities to explore human rights with students. Designed by the Council of Europe and thoroughly tested internationally Compass includes various easy adaptable activities for students between upper-primary / intermediate to secondary school.

Developing a human rights-based school curriculum

This resource outlines how and why to develop a human rights-based school curriculum. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Empowering Children: Children's Rights Education as a Pathway to Citizenship

Approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1989, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms that children in all countries have fundamental rights, including rights to education. To date, 192 states are signatories to or have in some form ratified the accord. Children are still imperilled in many countries, however, and are often not made aware of their guaranteed rights.

In Empowering Children, R. Brian Howe and Katherine Covell assert that educating children about their basic rights is a necessary means not only of fulfilling a country's legal obligations, but also of advancing education about democratic principles and the practice of citizenship. The authors contend that children's rights education empowers children as persons and as rights-respecting citizens in democratic societies. Such education has a 'contagion effect' that brings about a general social knowledge on human rights and social responsibility.

Although there remain obstacles to the implementation of children's rights in many countries, Howe and Covell argue that reforming schools and enhancing teacher education are absolutely essential to the creation of a new culture of respect toward children as citizens.

To buy this book go to the University of Toronto website

Evidence of impact, the Hampshire case study

One of the most comprehensive approaches to human rights-based education, rolled out by Hampshire County of the United Kingdom. Impressive results from Hampshire are linked in this resource to the NZ Curriculum's values and key competencies - and positive impacts on academic achievement, teachers and school management experienced by Hampshire. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Getting Started

This resource outlines the key steps for your school to become part of the initiative. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit).

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