Monday, 26 September 2011

Human Rights Education Guidelines for Secondary School Systems Under Development

A Human Rights Education Guidelines process is underway for the elaboration of principles of practice in relation to carrying out human rights education (HRE) in secondary schools. Guidelines are also under development for human rights education and training of law enforcement officials, civil servants and human rights activists.

The HRE Guidelines initiative is supported by the OSCE/ODIHR and follows-up on a consultative workshop that took place in Istanbul on 16-17 September 2010 called “Moving Towards HRE Standards”. These guidelines are anticipated to be released in December 2011, when the UN General Assembly is expected to pass the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. The Guidelines will be announced on HREA’s Global HRE listserv and posted on the OSCE/ODIHR website.

These HRE Guidelines for Secondary School Systems are being elaborated in consultation both with existing key policy and resource documents promulgated by the UN, regional human rights bodies and other agencies as well as in close consultation with practitioners with long-standing experience in this field.

The Guidelines are organized according to six main areas:

1. Overall Processes and Goals focusing on the Human Rights-Based Approach and how to implement it

2. Core Competencies identifying the key learner outcomes that illustrate the essential capabilities a police recruit has to develop to be able to comply with human rights obligations when performing their duty

3. Curricula developing educational and training programs for all learning activities, formal and non-formal

4. Teaching/Training and Learning Processes ensuring these are learner-centered (relating human rights to trainees’ real-life experience), participatory and inclusive and taking place in a human rights-respecting learning environment.

5. Evaluation of Outcomes using appropriate methods to evaluate educational program results

6. Training, Professional Development and Support warranting that educational personnel receive regular in-service training and support.

Felisa Tibbitts