In the text, signed by some twenty organizations, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education is asked to examine the implementation of human rights education in her next reports. The report of the Special Rapporteur, Koumbou Boly Barry, for the 47th session is entitled Right to education: the cultural dimensions of the right to education or the right to education as a cultural right.
This group of organizations point out in their statement that “the right to education and human rights education are indivisible rights and are mutually reinforcing and advancement in each area promotes advancement in the other.”
This year marks ten years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training which describes human rights education as being integral to building an inclusive society. It is a landmark instrument that aims to set universal standards for human rights education and at the same time to look at the gaps that still exist between the ideals set in the Declaration and reality.
The pandemic outbreak revealed that “systemic discrimination and inequalities are deeply rooted in societies”. COVID 19 “has emphasized the urgent need to continue and accelerate human rights education’s implementation at the national and local level.”
The statement affirms that “human rights education is a transformative process that leads people to become empowered individuals that exercise their rights and act to promote, respect and protect others’ rights positively impacting their communities, environment, and society in general.”
Aitziber Barrueta, Ana María Donnarumma and Maria Theresa Gayondato, are the members of the TA representation in the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education & Learning on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.