Vernor Muņoz encourages implementation of Plan of Action of World Programme for HRE


23 May 2006

Vernor Muņoz, Special Rapporteur on the right to education, issued the
following statement today:

The Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Vernor Muņoz, would like
to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the
Director General of UNESCO and the Secretary-General of the Council of
Europe in encouraging the national implementation of the Plan of Action
for the first phase (2005-2007) of the World Programme for Human Rights
Education. Since their joint letter was sent on 9 January 2006, the
Special Rapporteur would like to follow up on that correspondence and
calls again on States to take all necessary measures to ensure that human
rights education is integrated into the primary and secondary schools

The Special Rapporteur believes that the plan of action will contribute to
the goal of universal primary education by promoting human rights-based
learning. He also strongly believes that human rights education is an
integral part of the right to education. Indeed, human rights education
would guarantee equality in education and also promote human rights values
such as tolerance and non-discrimination in all its forms.

Integrating human rights into education systems contributes to ensuring
the construction of quality education and to improving standards of living
for all. The integration of human rights requires, on the one hand,
ensuring that all the components and processes of learning, including
curricula, materials, methods and training are conducive to their
understanding; and on the other hand ensuring the respect of the human
rights of all actors within the education system, especially students.

The Special Rapporteur is convinced that human rights education which
promotes a rights-based approach enables the education system to fulfil
its fundamental mission to ensure the full development of the human
personality and the sense of its dignity, and strengthens the respect for
human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The Special Rapporteur calls on States and organizations of civil society
to join their efforts in fulfilling this committment. He also encourages
States to put in place research and planning strategies for the
development of the Plan of Action for the first phase of the World
Programme, as a matter of priority.



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