What we do

Domestic violence play presented by Amnesty International Zimbabwe

Domestic violence play presented by Amnesty International Zimbabwe

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Our work in human rights education spans formal, non-formal and informal sectors across all continents.

Our international strategy for Human Rights Education sets the framework to:

  • Enable a broad spectrum of individuals, groups and communities to understand and express their personal concerns in human rights terms;
  • Inspire people to integrate human rights principles into their own lives and their social institutions;
  • Challenge and enable people to take action and demand, support and defend human rights and use human rights as a tool for social change;
  • Sensitize duty-bearers to human rights issues and of their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil human rights;
  • Raise awareness of the importance of human rights education for the protection and promotion of human rights;
  • Build the competence of Amnesty International to conduct effective human rights education;

At the national level across all continents, Amnesty International offices are actively involved in advocating for mainstreaming human rights education in the formal sector, including working with governments on policy and legislative measures, developing learning processes and tools and resources, creating enabling learning environments, and facilitating the training of teachers and educators.

As well as in formal education, we also work with other sectors of the global community linking human rights education to active participation and empowerment, working with young people, indigenous and marginalized groups, professional associations and groups, traditional/ religious leaders, and community based organizations.

Our human rights education work at the international level

Amnesty International’s Human Rights Friendly Schools Project

Responding to the imperatives of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, Amnesty International’s Human Rights Friendly Schools Project seeks to promote a holistic approach to the integration of human rights into schools in countries around the world. The principles of human rights can give schools around the world a shared language of equality, dignity, respect, non-discrimination and participation that is crucial to the goal of achieving a more peaceful and just global society. Education is thus a critical means of instilling the knowledge, skills and values that can foster a culture of human rights.

Rights Education Action Programme (REAP)

The 10-year long Rights Education Action Programme (REAP) addresses specific human rights issues through human rights education in over 10 countries. The core of the REAP programme is the training of "human rights education multipliers" - people who through their role or position in society are able to influence a larger audience or groups of people.

Africa Human Rights Education Project

Amnesty International’s Africa Human Rights Education Project aims to enhance civil society capacity to deliver locally relevant human rights education and to improve human rights for the most disadvantaged by empowering marginalized communities to promote and defend their human rights. The programme delivers community-level human rights education in 10 countries across East and West Africa.

Education for Human Dignity Project

Amnesty International’s new Education for Human Dignity Project aims to raise awareness, inform debate and enable action in order to tackle the human rights abuses that drive and deepen poverty. Through human rights education and participatory approaches, young people and those that work with them will have an increased understanding of the relationship between poverty and human rights, and will be equipped and empowered to take action and call for human rights solutions to poverty.

Safe Schools for Girls Project

Amnesty International’s Safe Schools for Girls Project focuses on violence as one of the major obstacles for women’s empowerment and barriers to girls’ right to education. This project aims to reach out to as many young people as possible, both boys and girls, engaging them through human rights education to campaign for girls’ right to violence-free education, and support them in bringing change in their own communities and schools. 

International advocacy for human rights education

Amnesty International promotes the importance of human rights education as a human right and contributes to the development of international human rights education standard setting and policy at the international level, such as the World Programme for Human Rights Education and the proposed UN Declaration for Human Rights Education and Training, by collaborating with intergovernmental organizations and international NGOs, as well as contributing to discussions at the level of the Human Rights Council and its Committees.

The International Secretariat Human Rights Education team in London:

  • Facilitates networking, sharing of human rights education good practice and opportunities for collaboration amongst members of the Amnesty International Human Rights Education Network.  
  • Through the provision of human rights education advice, guidance and capacity building, supports the delivery of effective human rights education by the Amnesty International movement.
  • Promotes and facilitates the integration of human rights education into Amnesty International campaigns.
  • Aims to demonstrate the impact of our human rights education work through the mainstreaming of evaluation and impact assessment.

In addition to the human rights education work conducted by the Amnesty International national offices, and the coordination of international human rights education work by the International Secretariat team based in London, independent HRE programmes and projects are led by teams in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa region, and in Norway.

For more information please Contact the HRE teams.

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