Dear Colleagues I am responding to Sarah's inquiry as to whether there are any HRE activities taking place in Lesotho, Mozambique and other countries that are not mentioned in Karin's group in Southern Africa. I am a curriculum officer at the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) in Lesotho. In Lesotho, we have integrated human rights and democracy education issues in our curriculum materials from Grade 3 to Grade 10 levels. The materials that I am referring to are teaching and learning syllabuses, teachers guides and manuals as well as pupils' textbooks. These initiatives were further strengthened by the UNESCO sponsorship of a pilot project of Education for Human Rights and Democracy (EHRD) that ran concurrently in Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland in 2004-2005 at the primary level. More materials were developed and institutionalisation nationwide of HRE took place thanks to the project. We do however believe that with more networking regionally and internationally, we could advance the programme to another level. Thanks. Best Regards to all Global HRE list members. Teboho Tsilane National Curriculum Development Centre Ministry of Education andn Training P.O. Box 1126 Maseru 100 Lesotho Tel. 0926622312923 Fax. 0926622311102 On 16 May 2006, Karin van den Belt wrote: Dear Sarah, I'm writing you in answer to your email posted yesterday. You were looking for human rights education initiatives in Southern Africa. As Civic education programme officer at the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa (NiZA) I'm working with several human rights education organisations in Southern Africa and also we started a regional initiative for the promotion and enhancement of civic education in the region. We work with six civic education partners: - Public Affairs Committee, Malawi - Centre for human rights and rehabilitation, Malawi - National constitutional assembly, Zimbabwe - Civic education Network, Zimbabwe - Asserco, Mozambique - Co-ordination Body for Refugee Communities, South Africa NiZA supports those organisations through capacity building, solidarity and financial support. Also we developed a regional network with those 6 organisations to enhance the exchange of civic education knowledge, skills and materials. Last year this network developed a training for trainers manual on 'Participation' specifically to be used by grassroots trainers. [***Moderator's note: the online version of this manual, "Train-the-Trainer Manual: Civic Education and Community Mobilization" can be found in HREA's online HRE Library at: http://www.hrea.org/erc/Library/display.php?doc_id=2691 ***]. If you like I can send you a copy of the manual. We have an English and a Portuguese version because the manual will be used in Mozambique as well as in the English participating countries. We are in touch with the Dutch secretariat of Amnesty International and received training materials from them. However it would be interesting to know in what type of work Amnesty South Africa is involved. Best regards, Karin van den Belt Programme officer Civic education, NiZA, Amsterdam >>> "Sarah Motha", 15-05-06 16:12 >>> Dear HRE colleagues, Its my first time to write to this forum, thanks to you all for your commitmet in HRE, this is evident from the ongoing online discussion around HRE. I am responding in relation to Pablo's email wherein he refers to Paulo Freire. I think that Freire's ideas are grounded and more applicable to really support a communal way of living even with regard to education posed as open to dialogic culture, listening and learning from each other. Does any one know of any HRE work that is going on in Southern Africa, in coutries such as Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho etc, except South Africa which is where I am based? Regards and keep up the good work. Sarah Motha Human Rights Education Coordinator Amnesty International South Africa Kutlwanong Democracy Centre ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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