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Guidelines for National Human Rights Education

31.05.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

In a ceremony held on 29 May, the Minister of Education, Mercadante, approved the Guidelines for National Human Rights Education, the result of a broad and participatory process led by the National Education Council (CNE) that involved educators, experts in the field, civil society and international organizations involved in the issue.

The guidelines approved by the CNE, as the former Minister of Human Rights Paulo Vannuchi , who accompanied the ceremony along with the current Minister Maria do Rosario, reminded, is an old demand and present in the National Plan for Human Rights Education (2005) and National Program for Human Rights (2009). Both had already anticipated that the "effectiveness of the guidelines and principles of national education policy on Human Rights to strengthen a culture of rights."

The approval of curriculum guidelines offers educators from elementary and high schools - but also higher education institutions - important references to promote a culture of respect and human rights. According to Minister Maria do Rosario, the guidelines will bring values and principles of diversity, but also a content that enables the rejection of racism, violence, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.

"The guidelines are a starting point to propose practices that transform the school into an environment focused on human rights," the minister reiterated to remember that the guidelines do not propose a curriculum, but an approach to the subject in a transversal and interdisciplinary classroom.

With the approval of guidelines, Brazil becomes part of a selected list of countries that have moved forward in the institutionalization of human rights education and defense of the precepts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with the school as a privileged locus of action. The incorporation of a minimum agenda of human rights by formal and informal education reiterates the previous recommendations by the World Programme for Human Rights Education of UNESCO and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Together with the instruments and mechanisms already in place - such as the National Plan for Human Rights Education and advisory work of the National Human Rights Education (CNEDH) - guidelines will support teachers and schools with didactic and pedagogical materials about the subject and also cope against the banality of violence in the classroom.

Source: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/brasilia/about-this-office/single-view/news/ministry_of_education_approves_guidelines_for_national_human_rights_education/

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