Youth - Young people building Europe


2008

COMPASITO - Manual on human rights education for children



ISBN: 978-92-871-6369-1

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Synopsis

Living among other people, in their families and communities, children become aware from a very early age of questions related to justice, and they search for the meaning of the world. By fostering an understanding of human rights, shaping opinion and developing attitudes, human rights education strongly supports this natural interest and learning process. This is what human rights education is about and this is what ‘Compasito – manual on human rights education for children’ is for.

‘Compasito’ is a starting point for educators, teachers and trainers who are ready to deal with human rights education with children of 7-13 years. The book familiarizes the reader with the key concepts of human rights and children’s rights, and provides substantial theoretical background to 13 key human rights issues, such as democracy, citizenship, gender equality, environment, media, poverty, and violence.

The 42 practical activities serve to engage and motivate children to recognise human rights issues in their own environment. They help children to develop critical thinking, responsibility and a sense of justice, and help them learn how to take action to contribute to the betterment of their school or community. The manual also gives practical tips on how it can be used in various formal and non-formal educational settings.

Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface

INTRODUCTION

I. INTRODUCING HUMAN RIGHTS

II. WHAT IS HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION?

III. HOW TO USE COMPASITO

IV. ACTIVITIES

V. THEMES

VI. APPENDICES