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HREA conducts teacher training for Human Rights Watch in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, 8 August 2009 -- HREA staff contributed to a "training of trainers" workshop with twenty educators at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles on 6 and 7 August. Middle school, high school and university-level teachers working in disciplines as wide ranging as Spanish, art, sociology and political science engaged with human rights concepts and accountability mechanisms; international practice in HRE; standard setting and competencies; and institution-wide approaches to human rights education. During the training, teachers shared their practices and developed plans for how human rights education could be promoted in their institutions and within the Los Angeles area. Other contributors included David Kaye, Director of the UCLA School of Law International Human Rights Program and Todd Jennigs, Professor at California State University Santa Barbara.

The two-day TOT workshop was organised by the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force in collaboration with Mount St. Mary's College. The Student Task Force (STF) works to support the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch through advocacy projects. Based in New York, the CRD monitors human rights abuses against children around the world and campaigns to end them. Examples of Student Task Force projects include leadership training workshops, planning advocacy campaigns, meeting with elected representatives and with human rights activists from around the world, documentary film screenings and other public education events.

Video clips from some of the workshop sessions:

"Human Rights Education and International Practice: HRE Definition, HRE International Movement and the Human Rights-based Approach" by Felisa Tibbitts

"Human Rights Education and Setting Learner Objectives" by Felisa Tibbitts



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