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Compendium of 'good practices' in human rights education

Cambridge, 1 September 2007 -- HREA is assisting the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR), the Council of Europe, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in compiling a compendium of good practices in school systems. Submissions are being accepted for the primary and secondary level schooling sectors in addition to teacher training institutions. This Compendium is being developed for the 56 countries of the OSCE regions of Europe, Central Asia and North America.

A good practice denotes a strategy resulting in the successful teaching and learning of human rights values and competencies. Good practice might be demonstrated through a learning activity, a methodological tool, an audio-visual resource or a documented program design intended for the formal education sector. Some of the potential practices envisioned for the Compendium include:

- policies (e.g., national action plans, legislation and curricula);
- the learning environment (e.g., whole school approaches, school governance);
- teaching and learning practices and tools (e.g., methodology, resources, subject curricula);
- professional development for teachers and other educational personnel;
- evaluation and assessment approaches and tools.

Materials selected for inclusion will be distributed widely for public use, both electronically and in hard copy, thus providing high visibility for the good practices and will be essential for forwarding a common understanding about quality teaching and learning in the area of human rights, citizenship and education for mutual respect and understanding.

Please visit the compendium website at in order to learn more about this initiative.



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