Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Consultation on the World Programme for Human Rights Education

On 16 June HREA began a four-week, on-line consultation on the Second Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. The main purpose was to identify potential target sector(s) and/or theme(s) for the Second Phase, which will commence on 1 January 2010. This on-line forum, which concluded on 14 July, involved broad input from civil society members, with contributions from 46 NGOs, academic institutions and other civil society actors representing 26 countries. The exchange among listserv members helped to foster a common understanding and consensus about the direction of the HRE movement.

The result of the on-line forum was an analytical report on progress made towards the achievement of the objectives of the First Phase of the World Programme, including accomplishments, remaining shortcomings and needs, and recommendations for action for the Second Phase. HREA submitted this report to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, which is responsible for coordinating the World Programme.

On 10 December 2004, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing) to advance the implementation of human rights education programmes in all sectors. Building on the achievements of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), the World Programme seeks to promote a common understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of human rights education, to provide a concrete framework for action and to strengthen partnerships and cooperation from the international level down to the grass roots.

The World Programme is structured around an ongoing series of phases, the first of which covers the period 2005-2009 and focuses on the integration of human rights education into the primary and secondary school systems, intended as a comprehensive process touching upon policy and legislative measures, teaching and learning processes and tools, the learning environment and the education and professional development of teachers and other school personnel.