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Eighty educators and policy makers gather at Harvard University to develop collaborative efforts in human rights education

HREA organizes conference 'Building a Strategy for Human Rights Education in U.S. Schools'

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15 September 2011

Eighty educators, representatives of civil society organizations and policy makers will gather on September 16 and 17 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass., to develop collaborative efforts in human rights education in the United States. "This is a unique occasion", says Felisa Tibbitts, Executive Director of HREA and Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. "We know there is a lot interest in human rights education in the US, but many educators and non-profits act in isolation and without much coordination or sharing of good practices and resources. We hope that this conference will foster a national strategy for human rights education in schools", she concludes.

Participants will analyze both challenges and opportunities for fostering human rights education in the United States and develop specific strategies to address curricular standards, teaching and learning resources, teacher preparation, scholarship, and public awareness on the importance of human rights education. One of the expected outcomes of the conference is the establishment of a network to serve as an ongoing platform for institutional coordination and collaboration to promote human rights education in the formal and non-formal sectors within the United States. A conference report will be made publicly available for review and comment in October.

The conference "Building a Strategy for Human Rights in Education in U.S. Schools" is organized by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) in collaboration with the Civic and Moral Education Initiative at Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, the National Education Association (NEA) and the University of San Francisco's School of Education. 
 

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