With the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), we hail an international commitment to fostering peace and democratic development guided by human rights values.
We also celebrate a 70 year-old recognition that a primary aim of our educational systems is to further the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. (UDHR, Article 26 (2))
Human Rights Education an integral element of the right to education
Learning about and respecting human rights is thus key in the realization of the right to education and for quality education for all. Through effective learning about human rights and human rights values, children and youth can take the first steps towards enjoying, exercising and demanding respect for their rights. When our schools and teachers further learning environments characterized by human dignity, respect and non-discrimination, children and youth learn through practice to uphold and respect the rights of others. Human rights education becomes a powerful investment for a strong human rights culture and for furthering sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also recognizes this. Goal 4 on education reaffirms that human rights education is key to quality education. Through SDG Goal 4.7 world leaders agreed that all learners should acquire human rights knowledge and skills. Inspiration on how this can be done can be found in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (UN-DHRET) and the World Programme for Human Rights Education (WPHRE).