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Since its introduction in 2002, TOTHRE has marked the way human rights education is understood and practiced across Europe – notably by the impact of participants and their organisations in mainstreaming HRE at national and local level. The 2021 edition of the course builds on the experiences accumulated and on the outcomes of the 3rd Compass forum and the Conference on the implementation of the evaluation the Council of Europe Charter on EDC/HRE. It will particularly seek also to address current global threats and challenges to a culture of human rights, including the climate crisis and its consequences. Links will also be made with the World Programme on Human Rights Education, especially in view of its 4th phase, which will focus on youth.

Aims and objectives

The training course will support the implementation of the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education through building the competences of trainers to develop and apply quality human rights education activities with young people at national/local levels and to advocate for the further mainstreaming of human rights education in youth policy and youth work.


  • 1.  To enable participants to work with the EDC/HRE Charter in their organisational and institutional contexts
  • 2.  To strengthen participants’ understanding of the key concepts of human rights education with young people;
  • 3.  To strengthen essential competences for trainers working with human rights education in non-formal learning settings based on using and adapting Compass;
  • 4.  To analyse current developments and trends in human rights education in order to mainstream it in youth policy and youth work;
  • 5.  To contribute to the development of networks of trainers on human rights education with young people;
  • 6.  To enable participants and their organisations to further develop and implement human rights education activities with young people;
  • 7.  To enable participants to address current global threats and challenges to a culture of human rights through human rights education.


Competences to be developed through the course

The course contents and methodology are designed so that the participants will be able to develop (or begin developing) core competences for trainers in human rights education with young people. The list of competences below will be the reference for planning and monitoring learning in the course:

  • Knowledge of major instruments for the protection and promotion of human rights and the ability to connect them with the lives of young people;
  • The capacity to converse and to facilitate conversations on global and contemporary human rights threats and challenges;
  • The ability to introduce human rights education as an educational concept in an autonomous and credible way;
  • Awareness about human rights violations and abuses at both global and local level, and the ability to act upon them using human rights education;
  • Knowledge about the relevant programmes and instruments of the Council of Europe for youth and human rights education and ability to connect with global initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Programme on Human Rights Education;
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to create multiple perspectives on contemporary human rights issues and dilemmas;
  • The capacity to recognise and address the values and ethical norms underlying human rights education;
  • The capacity to be an advocate for human rights education and to liaise with stakeholders concerned with the promotion of human rights education at a regional, national and local level.
  • Intercultural learning competences, including empathy, tolerance of ambiguity, and distance to social roles in training situations;
  • The ability to use COMPASS including the adaptation of its activities taking into consideration local realities, social contexts and the needs of target groups;
  • The ability to constructively deal with conflict in the context of human rights education activities;
  • The capacity to develop and manage human rights education activities following the quality standards for education and training activities of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe;
  • Practice in and awareness of the use of information and communication technology in training and the related human rights issues;
  • Understanding the key principles of non-formal education and its application in human rights education;
  • Knowledge and understanding of different approaches to learning;
  • The capacity to assess and evaluate the results of human rights education activities and programmes;
  • The ability to work co-operatively;
  • The capacity to design and deliver human rights education activities;
  • To facilitate participants in their learning journey and in their understanding of their learning achievements (outcomes);
  • The ability to recognise and translate human rights value framework into personal, social and professional actions;
  • The ability to plan own learning.
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