Education as a Human Right

Author: Tristan McCowan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441118888
Format: PDF, ePub
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Education is widely recognized as a fundamental human right, yet the nature of the right remains unclear. Is it an entitlement to go to school, to acquire particular forms of knowledge or develop particular skills or attributes? And why exactly is education so important that we might defend all people's right to it? This book provides a much-needed exploration of this key contemporary issue. Highlighting limitations in the approaches of both the Education for All initiative and existing international law, the book presents a radical new vision of how the right can be understood. As well as basic education, there are discussions of higher and lifelong education, of human rights education, and of the intersection of rights-based approaches with others such Amartya Sen's 'capabilities'. The work serves as a stirring defense of the universal right to education against instrumental conceptions of learning, the inactivity of national governments and the abrogation of responsibility of the international community.

The Human Rights Based Approach to Higher Education

Author: Jane Kotzmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190863501
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A human right to higher education was included in the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which came into force in 1976. Yet the world has changed significantly since the ICESCR was drafted. State legislation and policies have generally followed a neoliberal trajectory, shifting the perception of higher education from being a public good to being a commodity able to be bought and sold. This model has been criticized, particularly because it generally reinforces social inequality. At the same time, attaining higher education has become more important than ever before. Higher education is a prerequisite for many jobs and those who have attained higher education enjoy improved life circumstances. This book seeks to determine: Is there still a place for the human right to higher education in the current international context? In seeking to answer this question, this book compares and contrasts two general theoretical models that are used to frame higher education policy: the market-based approach and the human rights-based approach. In the process, it contributes to an understanding of the likely effectiveness of market-based versus human rights-based approaches to higher education provision in terms of teaching and learning. This understanding should enable the development of more improved, sophisticated, and ultimately successful higher education policies. This book contends that a human rights-based approach to higher education policy is more likely to enable the achievement of higher education purposes than a market-based approach. In reaching this conclusion, the book identifies and addresses some strategic considerations of relevance for advocates of a human rights-based approach in this context.

Educating for Human Dignity

Author: Betty Reardon
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812200187
Format: PDF, Docs
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Issues of universal human rights are critically important topics in education today. Educators, scholars, and activists urge schools to promote awareness and understanding of human rights in their curricula from the earliest levels. Written by by Betty A. Reardon, one of the foremost scholars on human rights education for the primary and secondary levels, Educating for Human Dignity is designed for both teachers and teacher educators. It is the first resource offering both guidance and support materials for human rights education programs from kindergarten through high school. It opens possibilities for an holistic approach to human rights education that directly confronts the values issues raised by human rights problems in a context of global interrelationships.

Resolutions and Decisions Adopted by the General Assembly During Its Sixty Sixth Session

Author: United Nations
Publisher: UN
ISBN: 9789218202703
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This publication presents the resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations during its sessions. The report indicates the allocation of agenda items; contains a list of principal and subsidiary organs with reference to their composition; and includes a list of conventions, declarations, and other instruments.

Challenges in Human Rights

Author: Elisabeth Reichert
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231510349
Format: PDF
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By using human rights as a guidepost, social workers can help create social welfare policies that better serve societal needs. However, in applying human rights to contemporary situations, social workers often encounter challenges that require thinking outside the box. Bringing together provocative essays from a diverse range of authors, Elisabeth Reichert demonstrates how approaching social work from a human rights perspective can profoundly affect legislation, resource management, and enforcement of policies. Topics include the reconciliation of cultural relativism with universal human rights; the debate over whether human rights truly promote economic and social development or simply allow economically developed societies to exploit underdeveloped countries; the role of gender in the practice of human rights; the tendency to promote political and civil rights over economic and social rights; and the surprising connection between the social work and legal professions.

Human Rights Education for the Twenty First Century

Author: George J. Andreopoulos
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812216073
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Human Rights Education for the Twenty-First Century is a comprehensive resource for training, education, and raising awareness in a wide variety of settings, both formal and informal. A diverse group of contributors—experienced activists, education experts, and representatives of several international governmental organizations—provides a rich potpourri of ideas and real-world approaches to initiating, planning, and implementing programs for teaching people about their human rights and fundamental freedoms. This volume has been developed for a global audience of educators, scholars in many disciplines, nongovernmental organizations, and foundation officers.

Global Learning and Education

Author: Andrew Peterson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317594592
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Education and Global Citizenship offers a detailed introduction and exploration of educational issues pertaining to "global citizenship". The text encourages a critical and reflective approach, developing students’ understandings of a range of theoretical and practical factors. Fresh and accessible, it covers historical and comparative perspectives and is up to date with developments in scholarship, covering both classic and contemporary issues in global citizenship education. Chapters include case studies of educational research and practice, questions for discussion and annotated further readings, and are supported by online resources. This book: encourages critical thinking, reflective practice, and creative engagement relating to global citizenship education; gives a detailed overview of the field; offers an insight into key themes, issues and debates; provides an introduction, informed by case studies of practice, to the pedagogical basis and needs of developing effective global citizenship education. Education and Global Citizenship will be of great interest to students on undergraduate education studies degrees, and will also appeal to students on postgraduate teacher education and Master level courses, as well as University tutors working on education programmes.