Education for Human Dignity Project

Amnesty International’s Education for Human Dignity project engages with young people to raise awareness, inform debate and stimulate action to tackle the human rights abuses that drive and deepen poverty.

The three year initiative uses human rights education and participatory approaches to fully involve young people and those that work with them (including teachers, youth workers, and Amnesty International members) in developing an increased understanding of how poverty leads to human rights violations and how human rights violations in turn deepen poverty.

The project aims to prepare and equip educators and youth activists to deliver Education for Human Dignity by:

  • Producing resources and tools that draw on the experience, expertise and case studies from across the world, bridging countries in the global North and South.
  • Training teachers, youth workers and Amnesty International members to use the resources and tools and support young people in their actions to reduce poverty from a human rights perspective.

Who is involved?

The project began in 2010 and is co-funded by the European Commission. Amnesty International partners in Italy, Poland and Slovenia and the International Secretariat coordinate the project.

Amnesty International offices in Burkina Faso, Denmark, Ghana, Kenya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, UK and Zimbabwe collaborate to develop the human rights education resources using innovative participatory methodology.

What are we doing?

Together we develop materials and tools using innovative and participatory methods that fully include those who will use the resources. Training programmes use the materials to deliver human rights education to young people and an interactive digital resource will allow young people to engage directly with the issues online.

Demand Dignity campaign

The project’s educational resources support the Amnesty International Demand Dignity campaign, and can be used with young people in diverse educational settings in a wide variety of contexts. 

Participation

Through workshops, working groups and focus groups, the resources for the Education for Human Dignity project have been developed using participatory approaches involving those who are going to use them, who have the expertise behind the content and methodologies, and who have experiences to share from different parts of the world.

The project includes three main activities:

1. Developing educational resources

An Education for Human Dignity resource pack: Respect My Rights, Respect My Dignity has been developed containing educational modules exploring different issues related to poverty and human rights. The first module is a general introduction to the subject, and the second will focus on housing rights. A facilitation manual provides support on delivering the modules. As a whole the resource pack is aimed at young people aged between 15 and 22 and can be adapted to different age groups. It can be used in formal settings, such as schools, universities, and non-formal settings outside the classroom. It uses participatory methodologies to engage, inspire and empower participants to take action.

The Facilitation Manual: A Guide to Using Participatory Methodologies for Human Rights Education is designed for use alongside each of the educational modules. It supports educators running human rights education sessions with young people, including teachers, youth workers and leaders, community activists and peer educators, who will lead young people through individual and collective journeys of reflection, analysis and action.

Click here to download in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, or Slovenian.

 

 

 

 

 

Module One – Poverty and Human Rights is the first in the set of educational modules in the resource pack. It contains a range of structured activities enabling young people and those working with them to make the links between human rights abuses and poverty. The activities encourage young people to use their voices to claim their rights and the rights of others, and to take action on issues that matter to them.

 Click here to download in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, or Slovenian. 

Housing is a Human RightModule Two - Housing is a Human Right focuses on the right to adequate housing and is the second in the set of educational modules produced as part of Amnesty International’s "Respect my Rights, Respect my Dignity" Education for Human Dignity Resource Pack.

Click here to download in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, or Slovenian. 

 

RespectMyRights.org - A new interactive tool for youth!

RespectMyRights is an online platform that aims to engage and inspire young people to learn about and take action against the human rights violations and abuses that deepen and drive poverty.

Users of  Respectmyrights.org can embark on two interactive learning journeys that provide background information on the human rights violations that affect those living in poverty. The site then prompts them to participate in Amnesty International’s worldwide campaigns, as well as to share their thoughts and questions – or propose actions of their own.

As a valuable new resource for the human rights community, www.respectmyrights.org encourages a process of collective, participatory online learning. In the interactive 'Challenge' area of the site, users can discuss and reflect on what they have learned, to deepen their understanding of how human rights violations affecting others also relate to their own lives.

Respectmyrights.org is currently available in six languages – English, French, Spanish, Polish, Italian and Slovenian.

 

2. Training Human Rights Educators

Actively involving young people in shaping the learning process is an essential aspect of human rights education. To this end, training programmes have been developed and are being implemented by the project partners in Italy, Poland and Slovenia to support educators, youth workers and youth activists in applying participatory methodologies to their work with young people.

The trainings are based on the Education for Human Dignity resources and adapted to the specific national context.

The activities use a participant centred learning approach to link the reality of the young people to the realities of others, resulting in more effective and transformative learning that inspires young people to take action. The training programmes developed by Amnesty International in Italy and Slovenia target youth activists, volunteers and multipliers, while the programmes in Poland work directly with schools and teachers.

Equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources gained during the education programme, young people will understand the issues relating to human rights and poverty and apply them to call for change and actively participate in debates on poverty.

3. Sharing learning & experience

Exchange visits are taking place to enable educators in the global North and South to learn and share creative and innovative participatory methodologies, techniques and good practices in human rights education. The visits also build a greater understanding of the human rights situation and context in different countries and regions. Exchange visits of human rights educators, teachers and youth activists are taking place between these countries:

  • From Slovenia to Malaysia and Zimbabwe and vice versa
  • From Poland to South Africa and Sierra Leone and vice versa
  • From Italy to Morocco and Kenya and vice versa

Creating opportunities for young people to engage with human rights

Together, the educational resources, digital platform, trainings, exchange visits and participatory processes of the Education for Human Dignity project create opportunities for young people to engage and contribute to human rights change in their own way and on their own terms.

Youth-led actions can take many forms both offline and online such as gathering signatures for petitions, organising events, competitions, showcases, film screenings, and devising workshops to promote and defend human rights.

The project provides a channel to tackle human rights abuses within the context of combating poverty through Amnesty International’s Demand Dignity campaign. It also enables young people to chose and create their own channels empowered by their knowledge of human rights. 

Education for Human Dignity Project partner’s websites 

Amnesty International Poland andhttp://www.edukacjadlagodnosci.pl/
Amnesty International Italy
Amnesty International Slovenia
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This project is co-financed by the European Commission.

 

 

 

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