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US HRE Network under development

HREA Director Felisa Tibbitts presents during HRE in US Schools conferenceCambridge, 3 November 2011 -- Over 75 educators, students, higher education faculty, members of non-profit organizations, representatives from national teacher unions, and other stakeholders participated in the conference Building a Strategy for Human Rights Education in U.S. Schools, which took place in Cambridge, MA, on September 16th-17th. The event was co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, HREA, the National Education Association and the University of San Francisco's School of Education.

The sharing and planning work of the conference resulted in the development of a draft national strategy for HRE. Moreover, a decision was taken to initiate a new network for human rights education in the U.S.A., which is anticipated to be formally launched in 2012. At the present time, an Interim Steering Committee is working closely with conference members in laying the institutional foundation for this new network. In the meantime, voluntary regional representatives have already begun work in different parts of the country in organizing local events and coordinated efforts are anticipated in relation to the forthcoming Human Rights Day (December 10th) and the anticipated passage of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training by the General Assembly in New York in December. Participants converse during HRE in US Schools conference

The overall purpose of the network will be to promote the capacity of members to integrate human rights principles into the formal and non-formal learning environments for youth, with a central focus on schools. This work will involve engagement with curricular standards, pedagogy and learning materials, public awareness raising, teacher training, and scholarship. Those interested in learning about forthcoming Network developments and events are welcome to send their contact information to HREinUSA@hrea.org.

 

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