Requests for Information: 17 – 23 August 2009

Received by e-mail:
From: Global HRE List Moderator
Date: 27/08/2009

Dear members, Below is a compilation of requests for information sent to the Global Human Rights Education listserv during the past week. At the bottom of each request you will find an e-mail address, so that you can respond to the request directly.

1. LOOKING FOR EDUCATION STRATEGIES TO COUNTER MIS-INFORMATION IN CAMEROON ABOUT THE MAPUTO PROTOCOL
Dear all, Cameroon just signed the Maputo Protocol on women’s rights. This document was negatively looked upon by some factions of society and over-reacted on, thereby leading to the spread of mis-leading information across the whole nation, such as that the Protocol has given a total legality to homosexuality and abortion, which is against some of the customary laws of the country. As human rights educators, what advice can you give to counter this resisting segment of the population of Cameroon concerning the Protocol? What education strategies do you think will best suit countering thevulgarization of these fervent laws in my communities?
Thank you, Ofe Valentine, Cameroon, E-mail.   

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2. SEEKING DETAILS ABOUT A 1974 UNESCO RECOMMENDATION RELATED TO HRE
Many list members will know the 1974 UNESCO General Assembly “Recommendation concerning education for international understanding, co-operation and peace and education relating to human rights and fundamental freedoms”. It is usually cited as the first attempt to provide official guidance for HRE.
Does anyone know of its history and who was involved in drafting it?
The decision was made to prepare a recommendation at the 17th session in 1973. Does anyone know which governments or NGOs proposed this? Does anyone know the names of any members of the drafting committee or the rapporteur?
Since this is still just about within living memory, I’m hoping that someone can help.
Many thanks, Hugh Starkey, PhD, Reader of Education, Department of Arts & Humanities, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7911 5507 (direct), E-mail.

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3. LOOKING FOR EXAMPLES OF JOURNALISM AND ARTS SCHOOLS IN THE CREATION OR DELIVERY OF HRE
Hello colleagues, I hope this message finds you well. I have been eagerly following the facilitated conversations on the list. Thank you HREA and thank you world-wide practitioners.
I have a question that I would be interested in exploring with this forum: What is the role of journalism and art (including film) schools in the creation/codification/delivery of HRE? I have recently returned to graduate school after having practiced/taught HRE in USA and the Balkans for the last ten years, and it is this question that serves as the driving impetus of my dissertation research. My own experience within US university/college HRE programs is that journalism/arts programs are NOT involved in this discussion and are often considered only as an after-thought as delivery mechanisms for HRE. The formal fields of HRE delivery (at the tertiary level) tend to focus on law and, to a lesser extent, international relations/political science and anthropology. I do not, however, want to presume that my limited experience is fact, nor universally applicable. I have noticed a difference in my work in the Balkans and I am curious as to what your global experiences have taught you. Again, I am interested in the formal training programs for journalists/media makers/producers of culture.
I am now starting my PhD at the University of British Columbia in the Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education where I hope to focus on the role of journalists/media makers/producers of culture within the creation and delivery of HRE.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. I would also be eager to read academic works on this subject.
Thank you, Shayna Plaut, Vancouver, BC (previously Chicago, USA), E-mail.

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4. SEEKING UNIVERSITIES IN UK OR USA OFFERING A HUMAN RIGHTS PHD
Hello colleagues, I am Sam from Ghana and have just completed an MA in Religion from the University of Ghana. I would like to pursue my PhD in human rights and am looking for recommended schools in either the UK or USA.
Thanks, Samuel Owusu, E-mail.

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5. LOOKING FOR OPINIONS AND REFERENCES RELATED TO ‘VALUES EDUCATION’
Dear colleagues, I have read with interest the responses on Cambodia’s and Ireland’s experiences in HRE. I am still new to the group and am a Chief Education Specialist in South Africa, Gauteng Province. We started some time back (2000) dealing with issues around values and human rights in education. At this moment, I was chosen by our Department of Education to study for a Masters course in human rights. My research topic is around the question: With what intentions and ideologies do teachers approach ‘Values Education’?
What is your opinion on this issue? Any suggested references or reading materials that I could use?
I would really appreciate your input, Nkosana Mnisi, South Africa, E-mail.

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