Global Education: Human Rights dimension
This global education online learning course is designed for education practitioners, social workers, youth activists, as well as policy and decision makers.
Please be aware that the course announced on this website regards an online learning course and does not involve any travelling. However, in order to participate, you need to have regular access to the Internet.
The course has been designed to complement the Global Education Guidelines, a pedagogical tool for educators and policy makers to understand and implement global education, and share with a wider audience concepts and approaches promoted by the North-South Centre’s Global Education programme.
This course, under the title "Global Education - The Human Rights Dimension", provides an introduction to human rights education as part of the global education context, and deals with its concepts, approaches, strategies and action, by considering its interconnections between the global and local.
What is the content of the course?
This course explores the ways of addressing the issues in theory and practice, reflecting on the ideal state considering the evidence from the reality, and developing new ways of understanding and promoting human rights education in the contexts of the participants.
Which topics does it cover?
Introduction to global education
Human rights in the context of global education
Human rights education
Mapping of existing human rights action at a local level
Dilemmas and challenges in the human rights dimension of global education
Development of strategies for action
Reflecting on cross-cutting issues
What is the course aimed at?
To offer a platform to exchange ideas on human rights education
To reflect on the concepts related to global education, human rights and human rights education
To develop a better understanding of human rights education in practice
To explore the dilemmas and challenges in human rights education
To assist in developing activities
To connect local and international practitioners and other relevant actors in the field
To strengthen the network of global and human rights education practitioners
Who provides it?
The course has been developed in partnership between the North South Centre and The Network University.
North-South Centre's mandate is to provide a framework for North-South co-operation to increase public awareness of global interdependence issues and promote policies of solidarity in conformity with the aims and principles of the Council of Europe: respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The Network University (TNU) facilitates innovative learning and capacity building for a global network of professionals, students, non-profit organizations, agencies and networks, specializing in creating e-tools for education and networking in the field of development.
Who can apply?
The course in general is targeted at for formal and non-formal educators, policymakers and media professionals.The course also welcomes students with a special interest in the topic.
Please note that all participants should:
be in command of the English language;
be able to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week (every week) on course work;
have basic Information and Communication Technology skills and a minimum of internet access.
Cost and dates
This course favors collaborative learning. Participants are requested to actively contribute to the courses in form of discussions, asking critical questions to fellow participants and to the coaches, suggesting useful sites or cooperating with others in the completion of the assignments.
Participants are co-responsible for the exchange of knowledge and the level of interaction. This process is facilitated by the daily availability of the coaches who guide participants through the learning process within your online learning community.
Every week there will be different assignments. The assignments aim at reflecting the content provided and stimulating discussion for a further deepening of the content. Parallel to the assignments, the 'Forum' provides an explicit space for further debate, questions and exchange of knowledge.
The course is offered and supervised entirely on the Internet in English language.
Participants enter the course with an individual password, and attend at their own convenience, pace and level of intensity during the running of the course.
Weekly assignments and intensive discussions form a central part of the course to promote knowledge exchange and knowledge sharing among the participants, coaches and external experts involved.
Introduction to Global Education: Human Rights Education Basics
The first module looks at the foundations of global education. It starts with an overview of global education, leading to the positioning of human rights education as part of the global and local processes. It also offers an overview of human rights and their place in a globalized world, where interconnectedness is an integral part of today´s learning and living. Finally, this module explores the glocal dynamics, methodology and approaches to human rights education.
Understanding Human Rights Education in your local context
The second module of this course addreses the needs for an improved understanding of one´s own context in order to be able to assess the necessities and the goals for a human rights education. Through a mapping exercise and an analysis, participants will be exploring the different actors, existing actions and approaches used in practice and the interconnections that exist in between them. Based on this, they will be able to identify the main challenges and reflect on the dilemmas in and for human rights education.
Developing strategies for action
The third module of this course examines the possible levels of interventions by helping to develop the adequate strategy for action in the field of human rights education. It also tackles the cross-cutting issues related to human rights education, as well as offers an opportunity to experience a negotiation on implementing a human rights education curriculum as a policy.
Developing Human Rights Education activities
The fourth module of this course focuses on the practical aspects of human rights education by focusing on activities design and action planning in the different spheres of action, such as the formal, non formal and informal education, advocacy and / or policy development. It also includes the evaluation and a debate on the follow up to the course.