Human Rights Education
The activities on human rights education consolidate and support the role of non-governmental youth organisations and actors in the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.
Human rights education – understood as educational programmes and activities that focus on promoting equality in human dignity – has an important function in the shaping of a citizenship meaningful to all Europeans, as well as in the shaping of a global conscience that regards everyone as equal in dignity. Human rights education is also a very efficient way to prevent violations and develop a culture of universal human rights.
Human rights education is more than learning about rights and duties. It is about the way in which learning is shaped and the purpose of learning: learning for human rights is as important as learning through human rights and learning in human rights. This is equally relevant to formal and non-formal contexts of human rights education.
On 10 December 2018, the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan organised in Baku, a National Forum on Human Rights and Citizenship Education. The Forum was organised at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and brought together partners and actors from the youth, education and human rights sectors to reflect on the state of play of human rights and citizenship education in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani versions of the manuals Compass and Have Your Say! were publicly presented at the Forum.
The Forum was followed by workshops for youth leaders and educators on 11 December.