Networking for human rights education
Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others.
To make human rights education truly global, and increase the effectiveness of joint efforts, a number of international organizations, including UNESCO, set up an International Contact Group in 2011. The Group aims to ensure close cooperation among international and regional initiatives in the field of citizenship and human rights education.
A website for the Contact Group has just been launched, featuring information on key initiatives and joint projects as well as a calendar of upcoming events of member institutions. A bi-annual newsletter will be launched in late 2012.
The group has been collaborating on updating The Right to Human Rights Education, published in 1999 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The revised publication will give an overall view of the current status of normative instruments related to human rights education, including those of UNESCO.
The Contact Group comprises the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), the Council of Europe, the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Commission, OHCHR, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the Organization of American States (OAS), and UNESCO.