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HREA Founder Felisa Tibbitts wins Ed O’Brien Human Rights Education Award 2016

Felisa Tibbitts

HREA Founder Felisa Tibbitts has been awarded the 2016 Edward O’Brien Award for Human Rights Education. Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) announced today that Felisa is the recipient of the award for individual achievement in the field. Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana will accept the organizational award on behalf of the DC Human Rights Learning Project, an initiative of the American Friends Service Committee. Established in 2015 in memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator, the O’Brien Award honors an individual and an organization that have made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. This year’s awards will be formally made Saturday, December 3 during the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in Washington, DC.

From the award report:

Both scholar and activist, Dr. Felisa Tibbitts is currently a Lecturer in the Comparative and International Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She cofounded the NGO Human Rights Education Associates (HREA – www.hrea.org), which she directed from 1999-2011, and co-founded Human Rights Educators USA. She has published practical resources on curriculum, program development, and evaluation on behalf of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, UNESCO, OSCE/ODIHR, the Council of Europe, and non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International and the Open Society Foundations. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous books and journals including the Journal of Peace Education, Intercultural Education, Prospects, and the International Review of Education. Previously she was an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the UN-mandated University for Peace. She remains affiliated with the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice in South Africa. One nominator said of Dr. Tibbitts, “Felisa is an inspiring model for all of us. … As much as I am impressed with her intelligence and speaking ability, I am even more appreciative of her personally. …I find Felisa to be a light in the darkness, the consummate professional with no self-serving nature. She is the ideal human rights educator and activist.”

Press release about 2016 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award

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New: Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education

Cover Change handbook

How does combining history learning and human rights education facilitate the further development of these approaches and the empowerment of learners? And what would such a combination look like in educational practice?

This handbook is for educators at secondary schools, in university level teacher training, at museums and memorial sites as well as in non-formal education. It offers theoretical and practice-oriented perspectives on combinations of history learning and human rights education. The proposed Change approach connects the exploration of human rights related change in the past with the prospect of contributing to change in the present.

The handbook is the result of a joint project by HREA with Freie Universität Berlin and right now Human Rights Consultancy & Training. The project was funded by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”.

To learn more about the people and project behind the handbook please visit our website www.historyandhumanrights.de. There you will also find chapters 3 and 4 for downloading free of charge.

Martin Lücke, Felisa Tibbitts, Else Engel, Lea Fenner (Ed.) (2016): Change – Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education for Educators in Formal, Non-Formal and Higher Education. Wochenschau Verlag, Schwalbach/Ts.

208 p., ISBN 978-3-7344-0390-3 (Print), ISBN 978-3-7344-0391-0 (PDF)

You can order the Change handbook directly from the publisher, on various online portals and at your local book store.

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Orange Your World!

Frank Elbers

Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. According to UN Women, at least one in three women in the world has suffered from violence, usually by someone known to her. In many societies, bias in the legal system and community attitudes add to the trauma. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th is an initiative to raise more awareness about the pandemic proportions of violence directed at women and girls.

From November 25th through December 10th, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise public awareness and mobilizing people everywhere to bring about change. This year the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world,” using the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence.
Orange your world!
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Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance Diploma

Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance Diploma

The first cycle of the new Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance (GDHA) Diploma will start in January 2017. This continuing education program for practitioners and students provides skills to address the full range of gender issues in development and humanitarian contexts. It is organised by HREA in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) and the Continuing Education Program (CEP) at Lebanese American University (LAU).

Five of the courses are CORE courses: Fundamentals of Gender Equality; Gender and Development; Gender and Emergencies; Gender Mainstreaming; and Gender and Data. The other five courses are specialised – participants select ONE stream to focus on:

  • Gender Integration in Development supports mainstreaming of gender issues across development and humanitarian work
  • Gender-based Violence provides technical skills in GBV prevention, response, monitoring, and coordination
  • Gender and Conflict addresses the women, peace, and security agenda

To get a diploma, complete the full 10 courses (with a minimum attendance of 80%) – this takes around six months, depending on courses and your own pace of learning. Per course a student will on average have three hours of classroom time and three hours of preparation and study. It is possible to take individual courses – you’ll receive certificates for those courses. Classes are scheduled in the evenings and weekends – on the LAU Beirut campus or remotely through web-conferencing.

For more information and registration, please visit the IWSAW website: http://iwsaw.lau.edu.lb/GDHA.

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Launch of Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance program

GDHA Launch

On Friday, 21 October at 17:00 the new Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance (GDHA) Diploma will be launched at Lebanese American University in Beirut. The GDHA is a collaboration between HREA, the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) and the Continuing Education Program (CEP) at Lebanese American University (LAU).

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About the GDHA Diploma

The GDHA Diploma equips students and practitioners with skills to address the full range of gender issues in development and humanitarian contexts. The programme consists of 10 courses (15 hours each) covering all critical aspects of this field. Five of the courses are CORE courses: Fundamentals of Gender Equality; Gender and Development; Gender and Emergencies; Gender Mainstreaming; and Gender and Data. The other five courses are specialised – participants select ONE stream to focus on:

  • Gender Integration in Development supports mainstreaming of gender issues across development and humanitarian work
  • Gender-based Violence provides technical skills in GBV prevention, response, monitoring, and coordination
  • Gender and Conflict addresses the women, peace, and security agenda

To get a diploma, you have to complete the full 10 courses (with a minimum attendance of 80%) – this takes around six months, depending on courses and your own pace of learning. Participants who complete less than 10 courses will receive certificates for those courses. All courses take places in the evening (18:00-21:00) at the LAU Beirut campus but can also be attended via webconferencing.

The first courses start in January 2017. For more information and registration: http://cep.lau.edu.lb/programs/GDHA/

 

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International symposium and book launch “Education for Change”

Change: Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education

HREA and partners will organise an international symposium and book launch “Education for Change”: Combining History Learning and Human Rights Education in Formal, Non-formal and Higher Education at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany on 29 and 30 September 2016.

The symposium on combining history learning and human rights education offers opportunities for exchange with international experts on practices and concepts, for presenting your work and for discussing ideas for continuous exchange.

Educators in secondary school, university based teacher training, at museums and memorial sites as well as in non-formal education have the opportunity to take part in sector specific workshops. Education policy on combined educational approaches will be discussed by a panel.

The book launch will present the two most recent publications on combining history learning and human rights education:

  • Martin Lücke, Felisa Tibbitts, Else Engel, Lea Fenner (Eds.) (2016): Change – Handbook for History Learning and Human Rights Education in Formal, Non-formal and Higher Education.
  • Claudia Lenz, Sanna Brattland, Lise Kvande (Eds.) (2016): Crossing Borders. Combining Human Rights Education and History Education.

Please register here by 1 September 2016 at www.historyandhumanrights.de

On the website you can find a detailed programme and additional information.

The book launch and the symposium are joint projects of:

  • Freie Universität Berlin, History Didactics Department
  • HREA
  • right now Human Rights Consultancy & Training
  • The European Wergeland Centre (EWC)
  • The Falstad Centre

The symposium is funded by the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) as part of its Teaching Human Rights programme.

As part of this initiative HREA and partners also offer the e-learning course CHANGE: Combining History Learning and Human Rights Education.

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1 September is early bird registration deadline for e-learning courses offered in November-December

Online courses
You can benefit from the early bird rate if you register and pay by 1 September. Here are the courses you can choose from:
November-December 2016
Watch a short video introduction to the Data Collection and Analysis for Project Monitoring and Evaluation course
Note that it is also still possible to register for the following upcoming courses offered in September-October:
For more information and listing of all courses and training programs offered in the second half 2016, please visit www.hrea.org/courses .
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1 July early bird deadline for upcoming courses

Human Trafficking and Smuggling
Kyrill Bochenko

Watch a short video introduction to the Human Trafficking and Smuggling course

For more information and listing of all courses and training programs offered in the second half 2016, please visit www.hrea.org/courses.

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A record 65.3 million displaced

Frank Elbers

Today is World Refugee Day. New figures released by UNHCR show that 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just 12 months earlier. Of these 21.3 million are refugees*. The numbers and charts tell the story of the “refugee crisis”.

(*This does not include the 5.1 million Palestine refugees that fall under the mandate of UNRWA, the UN Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees)

UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report

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Fifth anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

UN Human Rights Council in Palais des Nations

The UN Human Rights Council will convene a high-level meeting on human rights education during its thirty-third session in September. The panel discussion will mark the fifth anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, which was adopted on 19 December 2011. This landmark document recognises the right of every one of the planet’s seven billion people to have access to human rights education, a lifelong process involving all ages, all parts of society, and every kind of education, formal and informal. Many NGOs, academic institutions and other civil society organisations were involved in the drafting process of the Declaration. The theme of the high-level meeting will be “The implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges.”

Read the Council’s resolution

HREA will be participating in the meeting as a member of HRE 2020: Global Coalition for Human Rights Education. HRE 2020 is a civil society coalition to support and strengthen the implementation of international human rights education commitments. It seeks to ensure a systematic monitoring of governments implementation of human rights education provisions in international human rights instruments, including the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training and the World Programme for Human Rights Education.

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