Free Webinar on the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

Please join Teachers Without Borders tomorrow for a free webinar on the UN Declaration on Human Rights education and training.

Where: WebEx (online)

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:00am PST

Who: Dr. Peter Kirchschlaeger, International Human Rights Forum Lucerne

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Please visit the TWB web page for more information.

Webinar Description: The UN General Assembly has adopted without vote the new UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (UNDHRET) on December 19, 2011. (The lecturer has contributed as an consultative expert to the development of the UNDHRET during the entire preparation process.) For the first time, the international community has created a specific legal instrument on human rights education. The new declaration emphasizes a right to human rights education which has already existed in international law. The member-states declare to be more active in human rights education and training.

The webinar will discuss the aims, the development-process and the content of the UNDHRET. This analysis will be enriched by some elements of the discussions of the different consultations, the specific schemes of argumentation by the stakeholders, the indication of controversial issues, compromises and areas of consensus and the fundamental reflection of the right to human rights education and the contribution to it by the UNDHRET. Finally, the role of the UNDHRET for human rights education practice on a local, national, regional and international level should be elaborated based on the conviction that the success of this declaration is depending on its capability to become a “living” declaration and to have an impact in the practice of human rights education.

Peter G. Kirchschlaeger is since 2003 Co-Founder and Co-Director of the International Human Rights Forum Lucerne (IHRF) of the University of Teacher Education Lucerne and since 2007 Lecturer and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Centre of Human Rights Education (ZMRB) at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne. Since 2004 he is Lecturer at different national and international universities. He is member of the Board of the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights and its Cluster-Manager Human Rights Education, consultative expert in the field of human rights education for international and national organizations, e.g. the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs and trainer for the Council of Europe and several NGOs. Peter G. Kirchschlaeger is member of the Board of Advisory of the European Youth Summit, of the Expert-Jury of the Europeans for Peace-Program and of the Jury of the Swiss Ethics Award.
His studies (2001: Master in Theology and Judaism at the University of Lucerne; 2003: Master in Philosophy, Religious Studies and Political Science at the University of Zurich; 2008: PhD at the University of Zurich with a research project fostered by the Swiss National Science Foundation) led him to Lucerne, Rome (Pontifical Gregorian University), Jerusalem (Hebrew University) and Zurich. 2005-2006 he spent with a Research-Scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the "Schweizerischen Studienstiftung" and the "Otto-Herz-Studienstiftung at the University of Chicago Divinity School. In his research he is focusing on human rights education, human rights, rights of the child, human rights philosophy and the ethical dimension of human rights.

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Comment by Fieyim Anomboundem Njonguo on February 8, 2012 at 2:01am

Awesome! I am looking forward to...

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