The Global Movement for Human Rights Education
RT 103: Radical Teaching About Human Rights: Part One

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Flowers, N. (2015). The Global Movement for Human Rights Education. Radical Teacher, 103, 5–16.


An overview of the global movement for human rights education (HRE), its impetus, challenges, and contrasting developments in different regions of the world, focusing especially on Latin America, the Philippines, South Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Seeks to put HRE in the USA into an international perspective, as well as to show the variety of goals that inspire HRE and how methodologies have evolved to meet specific regional and political cultures and needs.


Rosa María Mujica Barreda, “Utopia Makes the Journey Possible,” in Towards a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators, ed. Abraham Magendzo, et al. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, 2015), 13. See

Publication forthcoming.

Mónica Fernández, “In My Own Voice: Stories and Musings to Reflect on Education for Human Rights” in Towards a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators, ed. Abraham Magendzo, et al. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, 2015), 52. See Publication forthcoming.

Richard Pierre Claude, “Human Rights Education: The Case of the Philippines,” Human Rights Quarterly, 13, no. 4 (1991): 453-524.

Stephen Marks, “Human Rights Education in UN Peace Building: From Theory to Practice,“ in Human Rights Education for the 21st Century, ed. George Andreopolous and Richard Pierre Claude (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997), 35.

Andre Keet and Nazir Carrim, “Human Rights Education and Curricular Reform in South Africa,” Journal of Social Studies Education 5, no. 1 (2006).

Human Rights. YES! Action and Advocacy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, 2013).

Mapping Human Rights Education in Danish Schools, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2013.

Teachers, Human Rights and Human Rights Education: Knowledge, Perspectives and Practices of Primary School Teachers in Ireland, The Center for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, 2011.

A Review of Human Rights Education in Schools in Scotland, BEMIS Scotland, 2013.

Summary of national initiatives undertaken within the Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004):

Carol Anne Spreen and Chrissie Monaghan, “Leveraging Diversity to Become a Global Citizen: Lessons for Human Rights Education” in Human Rights Education: Theory, Research, Praxis ed. Monisha Bajaj (Forthcoming 2015).

Tracey Holland and J. Paul Martin. “HRE’s Role in Peace Building: Lessons from the Field,” in in Human Rights Education: Theory, Research, Praxis ed. Monisha Bajaj (Forthcoming 2015).

Michalinos Zembylas, “Emotions, Critical Pedagogy and Human Rights Education,” in in Human Rights Education: Theory, Research, Praxis ed. Monisha Bajaj (Forthcoming 2015).

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