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Panel on 'Schooling in Post-Conflict Societies: The Role of Human Rights'

Cambridge, 10 April 2009 -- HREA's Executive Director Felisa Tibbitts organised and moderated a panel on "Schooling in Post-Conflict Societies: The Role of Human Rights" that took place at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government yesterday. Ms. Tibbitts is a Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Harvard University) in the 2008-09 academic year.

Human rights education practitioners working in South Africa, Latin America, and the Balkans presented curricular policies in post-conflict societies and critically assessed their potential for contributing to healing, reconciliation and the development of democratic societies. Panelists were: André Keet (University of Fort Hare; former Deputy CEO of South African Human Rights Commission), Natasha Djuricic (Civic Initiatives, Serbia), and Ana María Rodino (Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, Costa Rica).

One of the main conclusions of the panel was that educators in all regions are insufficiently prepared to teach human rights education and that concerted efforts should be made to integrate HRE within teacher training institutions. The panelists anticipate presenting and publishing their papers in additional venues.

Read Felisa Tibbitts' introductory remarks >>


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