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HRE USA Submits Report to the UN!

Human Rights Educators USA, together with the U.S. Human Rights Network, successfully submitted the first national civil society report on human rights education to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on September 12th. This document is a status report on policies and practices for human rights education in U.S. schools, based on information the network collected from an online survey and stakeholder meetings that took place in San Francisco, New York City and Boston during the summer of 2014.

This 10-page report, which can be found below, was prepared for the 22nd session of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR takes place every 4 ½ years and is an opportunity to review how well governments have fulfilled their human rights obligations. This is the second review cycle for the United States. For more information on this process see http://www.upr-info.org/.

The HRE USA stakeholder report contained 15 recommendations in the areas of curriculum, teacher training, school environments and engagement with international human rights standards. Some of these recommendations are:

  • The U.S. government, in cooperation with governmental and civil society stakeholders, should develop and implement a National Plan of Action for HRE. A focal point for HRE should be appointed.
  • The U.S. Department of Education should encourage and support, technically and financially, state and local efforts to incorporate human rights education in legislation and departmental policies affecting school curriculum, professional trainings, and school environment.
  • The U.S. government should work with legislatures and credentialing and accreditation entities to ensure HRE in education programs for teachers, administrators, and other educational personnel working in schools that receive federal funding.
  • The U.S. government should provide monetary and technical assistance to non-governmental organizations, institutions of higher education, and school districts to ensure safe and welcoming school environments.

HRE USA will be submitting this document to the U.S. State Department for possible inclusion in their report to the UN, which is due in January.  HRE USA will also be working on actionable follow-up activities, as a main purpose of such reports is follow-up monitoring and advocacy with respective educational authorities. We will be looking for members to participate in this next important step.  Stay tuned!

 

What's New?

 

HRE USA joins HRE 2020 Coalition!

HRE USA has become a member of the HRE 2020 Coalition, a civil society coalition whose mission is to support and strengthen the implementation of international human rights education commitments. HRE 2020 seeks to ensure a systematic monitoring of governments implementation of human rights education provisions in international human rights instruments, including the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training and the World Programme for Human Rights Education.  To learn more, visit the website here!

 

NEW! Right to Education Lessons (K-12)

The Global Campaign for Education, US Chapter has a new resource for teaching child rights

in the classroom!

 


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