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Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy

Declaration of the 44th Session of the International Conference on Education (Geneva, October 1994), endorsed by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 28th session (Paris, November 1995).

Article 19

It is essential for the development of education for peace, human rights and democracy that reading, and verbal and written expression programmes, should be considerably strengthened. A comprehensive grasp of reading, writing and the spoken word enables citizens to gain access to information, to understand clearly the situation in which they are living, to express their needs, and to take part in activities in the social environment. In the same way, learning foreign languages offers a means of gaining a deeper understanding of other cultures, which can serve as a basis for building better understanding between communities and between nations. UNESCO's LINGUAPAX project could serve as an example in that respect.

Article 29

Furthermore, in order to create understanding between different groups in society, there must be respect for the educational rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, as well as indigenous people, and this must also have implications in the curricula and methods as well as in the way education is organized.

Note: The full text of the Declaration and Integrated Framework of Action on Education for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy is available at: http://www.unesco.org/human_rights/hrff.htm

 


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