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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.

     

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Forum on Human Rights and Citizenship Education with Young People in Azerbaijan

The Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2010, emphasises the role of member states of the Council of Europe in making human rights education a reality for every person in Europe and the importance of quality education to promote the core values of the institution. The Charter provides the basis for advancing human rights education at local and regional level by defining objectives and principles applying to policy, legislation and practice.

The work on human rights education of the Youth Department is built around Compass, a manual for human rights education with young people. A fully revised version of Compass was published and launched in 2012. In November 2018, the Azerbaijani language version became available to users.