Human Rights Education in ASEAN What UNESCO HAS Done and How by 18wg671c


									Human Rights Education
What UNESCO HAS Done and How UNESCO Could Assist Member
States in Human Rights Education

                                   By Dra.Hasnah Gasim
                                    National Coordinator
                                   of Associated School
                                      Project Network
Definition of Human Rights Education

   According to the Plan of Action for the United Nations Decade for Human
    Rights Education (1995-2004), human rights education is defined as
    “training, dissemination and information efforts aimed at the building of a
    universal culture of human rights through the imparting of knowledge and
    skills and the moulding of attitudes directed to:
    (i) the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms,
    (ii) the full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity,
    (iii) the promotion of understanding, tolerance, gender equality and friendship
    among all nations, indigenous peoples and racial, national, ethnic, religious and
    linguistic groups,
    (iv) the enabling of all persons to participate effectively in a free society,
    (v) the furtherance of the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of
UNESCO ‘s Role and Responsibilities in the
Implementation of Human Rights Education

   Development of National Plans of Action on Human
    Rights Education

   Providing Support to Governments

   Providing Networks in Human Rights Education

   Publication of Documents on Human Rights education
UNESCO as an International Lead
Agency for Education

   , UNESCO is called upon “…to play a central role in
    the design, implementation and evaluation of
    projects under the Plan of Action of the UN Decade
    for Human Rights Education”, considering the
    Organization’s “…long experience in education,
    educational methodology and human rights and
    through its network.”
UNESCO Networks for Mechanisms in Asia Pacific

    UNESCO could strengthen the following networks for
    mechanisms in human rights education in Asia Pacific:
   Asia Pacific Network for International Education and
    Values Education( APNIEVE)
   Asia Pacific Center of Education for International
    Understanding ( APCEIU)
   Associated Schools Project Network
    UNESCO Clubs
    UNESCO Human Rights Chairs
Practice of Human Rights Education through School Life and
Outside the school

   Human rights education should provide
    opportunities for young people to develop
    and practice the skills to respect human
    rights and citizenship through “school
    life” and through opportunities outside
    the actual teaching activities.
     Human Rights Education should
    include the following education:

   Education which builds the full development of the human personality
    and the sense of its dignity

   Education which contributes to the development of individuals who
    possess the skills to interact in a society

   Education which provides the learning and practice of human rights
    and teaches both human rights content and experiences.

   Education which builds a universal culture of human rights by
    imparting knowledge, skills and attitudes of human rights to be
    used in their daily life.
UNESCO’s Actions in Human Rights Education
1.Provide Assistance in developing Educational Policies in Human Right

    UNESCO should provide assistance to
    its member states in order to develop
    educational policies, which promote the
    values, attitudes and behavior related to a
    culture of peace and democratic
    citizenship ,the revision and continuous
    adaptation of learning materials, the
    training of educational personnel and the
    exchange of information and experiences.
2.Advocate the importance of universal

   UNESCO should advocate the importance
    of the inclusion of universal values within
    the education system and organize
    national forums and workshops to
    facilitate policy dialogue between all
    actors interested and involved in human
    rights education.
3.Secure National and Regional Capacities
for Delivering Human Rights Education

    UNESCO should secure the existing and
    effective national and regional capacities
    for the delivering of human rights
    education and enhance the
    dissemination of documents/learning
    materials and best practices in the
    teaching and learning human rights
4. Use ASPnet to practice the teaching
of human right education

   Schools associated with UNESCO should
    receive learning materials on the teaching of
    human rights education
   Experimental projects on human rights
    teaching implemented by schools should be
    shared by other schools and the best
    models in teaching human rights should be
    disseminated widely.

   Finally, we hope that UNESCO’s actions as
    mentioned above could help member states
    in implementing Human Rights Education so
    that human rights will be implemented in the
    daily life of the people which will in turn
    create a peaceful community.

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