Wednesday, 17 October 2012

New resource: Becoming a Human Rights Friendly School

Amnesty International has launched a new resource in connection with its Human Rights Friendly Schools project. Amnesty International supports schools and their wider communities to build a global culture of human rights. Adopting a whole-school approach, the Human Rights Friendly Schools project aims to empower young people and promote the active participation of all members of the school community to integrate human rights values and principles into key areas of school life. Developed by Amnesty International within the context of the UN World Programme for Human Rights Education, the Human Rights Friendly Schools project builds on and complements existing local and national initiatives undertaken in recent years.

Based on lessons learned from the project pilot phase from 2009-2011, Amnesty is pleased to announce the release of a new resource:
Becoming a Human Rights Friendly School: A guide for schools around the world Download the guide here in English:
The guide will be available in French and Spanish soon.

Illustrated throughout with case studies from the Human Rights Friendly Schools Network, the guide provides information and tools to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a school’s journey to becoming human rights friendly. It offers practical suggestions for schools around the world to make human rights a viable part of their curricula, teaching methodology and broader learning environment that has a lasting impact not just on students, but also on their wider communities.

What is a Human Rights Friendly School?

A Human Rights Friendly School places human rights at the heart of the learning experience and makes human rights an integral part of everyday school life. From the way decisions are made in schools, to the way people treat each other, to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities on offer, right down to the very surroundings in which students are taught, the school becomes an exemplary model for human rights education.

Please visit the Amnesty International webpage for more information about the Human Rights Friendly Schools project:

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