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Curriculum & Materials Development and Technical Assistance

HREA provides technical assistance in programme development and the creation of curriculum and text-based materials. Current projects are:

"Crimes of War" Educator Guide
HREA developed an Educator's Guide to accompany the second edition of the book Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know. An Advisory Committee consisting of educators and scholar determines the cases that will be included in the guide. The cases will range from Hiroshima & Dresden to Guantánamo, and the idea is to allow for in-depth engagement of secondary school teachers and university professors on international humanitarian law.

Paralegal Training Methodology Manual
This paralegal training methodology manual is an extension of technical assistance provided through the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) to clinical legal education and will be based on programming that OSJI is supporting in Cambodia, Hungary and Sierra Leone.

The School for Human Rights
HREA is the lead partner of The School for Human Rights in Brooklyn, New York (USA). The mission of the school is to develop the academic and social capacity of all students, regardless of identity and ability. A combined middle and high school, The School for Human Rights offers an integrated academic and social skills-based curriculum to challenge its students to think critically and become compassionate, socially engaged young adults committed to the practice of equity, dignity and social consciousness. The school is funded in part by a grant from New Visions for Public Schools, an education reform foundation dedicated to improving the quality of education in New York City's public schools. HREA supports teachers and other staff with resources and professional development. A full-time HREA staff member is based at the school.

Open Society Justice Initiative (formerly COLPI, Budapest/New York)
A multi-year initiative is underway to promote law-related and human rights education throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, the Balkans and Central Asia. HREA assists in the development of this programming, which is supported within the Soros Foundation network. Special focuses include the street law-type legal clinics and anti-corruption education and training. In the framework of the programme several policy papers and manuals were published by COLPI: Fighting Corruption through Education (by Ellie Keen), The Role of Education in Juvenile Justice in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (by Barbara Henkes) and the Manual on Street Law-Type Clinics at Law Faculties (by Felisa Tibbitts).

Recent projects:

Capacity-building programme for family judges in Morocco
On 25 January 2004, the parliament of Morocco adopted the Moudawana, a new landmark Family Code supporting women's equality and granting them new rights in marriage and divorce. HREA, in cooperation with members of Moroccan civil society and the Ministries of Justice and National Education, carried out capacity-building trainings of newly appointed family judges in order to:
- familiarise family judges with the content of the revised Moudawana;
- encourage proactive implementation of the law;
- promote further training of family judges.

A national training was held in September 2005; regional trainings in Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Tetouan and Casablanca were organised in the fall of 2005 and spring 2006.

A training manual for judges was developed as part of this project. The manual focuses on the intentions of the Moudawana as contained in its legal form and concerns that have arisen during the first year of implementation. It emphasised the case study method and mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution. The manual also includes exercises based on real cases gathered from civil society and judges and human rights instruments (the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and other international standards and treaties).

Gender-review of middle and high school textbooks in Morocco
This is year-long programme to review textbooks in Morocco for human rights and gender equality was coordinated by staff of HREA's field office in Casablanca. Teams consisting of teachers, inspectors, parents, and human rights and women's rights activists in the cities of Tétouan, Fez, Rabat, Casablanca, and Marrakech reviewed textbooks for stereotypes and negative prejudices about women. The study was conducted in cooperation and coordination with the Central Committee of Human Rights and Citizenship of the Ministry of National Education. The gender-based review of school textbooks aimed to:
- promote tolerance and respect for women's equality in the content and messages of schoolbooks;
- result in concrete changes in the subsequent revision of textbooks by the Ministry of National Education, enhancing their permanent capacity in this area;
- prepare involved NGOs and teacher volunteers for future training in the area of women's human rights in Morocco.
The results of the study were presented in December 2005. The project concluded in June 2006. The various publications produced in the project will soon be available on-line.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
From 2003-2005 HREA worked with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and local stakeholders in the development of teacher manuals on the Bill of Rights.

Human training modules for civil society
HREA developed training modules on the "The Rights of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons" and "Human Rights Education" in collaboration with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. These manuals are intended for the use in the civil society sector.

Intercultural, Democratic and Human Rights Education for Croatian Schools
This multi-year project (1999-2004) supported in-service trainings, curriculum and materials development at the primary and secondary school levels in Croatia, in collaboration with the National Committee for Human Rights Education and Zagreb University. Funding wasprovided by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Human rights in China
In 2002 HREA has started a collaboration with UNICEF and the National Children's Center in Beijing to assist in the development of a children's rights training manual and national training of trainers programme. HREA is also collaborating with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in training Chinese human rights lawyers. A Chinese version of HREA's web site is also available.

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