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Human Rights Education

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Chapter Summary

This chapter presents a brief overview of the different aspects of what might be summarised as the current comprehensive human rights education discourse. Human rights education is embedded in the human rights obligations that (most) States have undertaken to fulfil. The termination of the Cold War marked a strong rise in interest and demand for training and education in human rights. The Decade Plan of Action expressed some of the cornerstones of the comprehensive understanding of human rights education, in a brief form. Some of these are dealt with in the chapter. The need for contextualising human rights education programmes does not exclude international, regional or transnational projects and cooperation. Within the comprehensive understanding of human rights education, the content of the curricula is seen as closely related to the pedagogical methodology.

Keywords: cold war; decade plan of action; human rights education; international instruments



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