Human Rights-, good practice citizenship- and tolerance-education

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From: hr-education, the Global Human Rights Education
Date: November 23, 2007

Final call FINAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS, Deadline: December 1, 2007:

Compendium of good practices in human rights education in the school system, including citizenship education and education for mutual respect and understanding

We cordially invite you to submit examples of good practice in the area of human rights education, civics, and education for mutual respect and understanding (tolerance education).

HREA is assisting the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), the Council of Europe, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in compiling a compendium of good practices in school systems.

Submissions are being accepted for the primary and secondary level schooling sectors in addition to teacher training institutions. This Compendium is being developed for the 56 countries of the OSCE regions of Europe, Central Asia and North America (a listing of OSCE member states). Examples from countries outside of this region, unfortunately, cannot be considered.

A good practice denotes a strategy resulting in the successful teaching and learning of human rights values and competencies. Good practice might be demonstrated through a learning activity, a methodological tool, an audio-visual resource or a documented program design intended for the formal education sector. Some of the potential practices envisioned for the Compendium include:

  • policies (e.g., national action plans, legislation and curricula);
  • the learning environment (e.g., whole school approaches, school governance);
  • teaching and learning practices and tools (e.g., methodology, resources, subject curricula);
  • professional development for teachers and other educational personnel;
  • evaluation and assessment approaches and tools.

Please visit the compendium website in order to learn more about this initiative, to obtain details about submission, and to access the online submission form.

The deadline for submissions is approaching rapidly! Contributions should be made by December 1, 2007 at the latest.

Materials selected for inclusion will be distributed widely for public use, both electronically and in hard copy, thus providing high visibility for your good practice. Your contributions will be essential for forwarding a common understanding about quality teaching and learning in the area of human rights, citizenship and education for mutual respect and understanding.

On behalf of the Compendium partners, I thank you in advance for your willingness to make a contribution to this effort. With best wishes,

Felisa Tibbitts, Director, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) – US office, PO Box 382396, Cambridge, MA 02238 USA.

Visiting address: 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA 01742,
Tel +1 978 341 0200, Fax +1 978 341 0201, e-mail, Web.

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