Thursday, 1 October 2009

Just published: Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America-A Compendium of Good Practice

October 2, 2009 -- The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Council of Europe (CoE), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), are pleased to announce that the educational resource book Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice is now published.

This publication collects 101 exemplary practices of human rights education, education for democratic citizenship, and education for mutual respect and understanding from Europe, North America and Central Asia. Designed for primary and secondary schools, as well as teacher training institutions, the resources included in the publication touch upon the key elements for successful human rights education: 1) laws, guidelines and standards; 2) learning environment; 3) teaching and learning tools; 4) professional development for educators; 5) evaluation. They were selected on the basis of their innovative approaches, effectiveness, adaptability and diversity.

A PDF version of the main part of the Compendium is available on the websites of the partner organizations, in addition to Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) ( The full version of the Compendium with the Annex that includes full or partial examples of the practices, will be available on CDs and online as of December 2009.