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Human Rights Education in Schools in Mauritius. Commonwealth Secretariat Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) www.hrea.org Paul McAdams, Senior Program Associate [email protected] December 2 2011. Overview. Purpose of the Project Outputs Initial Observations

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human rights education in schools in mauritius

Human Rights Education in Schools in Mauritius

Commonwealth Secretariat

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) www.hrea.org

Paul McAdams, Senior Program Associate [email protected]

December 2 2011

overview
Overview
  • Purpose of the Project
  • Outputs
  • Initial Observations
  • Human Rights Education (HRE)
  • World Programme for HRE
  • So What?
  • Next Steps
purpose of the project
Purpose of the Project
  • Integrate human rights into secondary schools curricula and teaching.
  • Influence the adoption of new approaches to human rights education (HRE) in schools.
outputs
Outputs
  • Desk review of (educational policies, curricula, learning materials/textbooks):
    • The current status of HRE in secondary education.
    • The needs of the sector.
    • Guidelines for the integration of HRE in secondary education.
    • How to integrate models developed in other jurisdictions, into Mauritius schools.
  • Document extra-curricular values based work.
  • Take cognisance of previous work done in this area by the MoE, other development partners, and the Commonwealth.
  • Prepare a report which includes the work documented as outlined and recommendations.
initial observations
Initial Observations
  • Human rights values of respect, tolerance, peace identified as cross-cutting domains of learning in pre-primary, primary, and secondary.
  • Principles of the Convention of the Rights of the Child stated in guiding the pre-primary NCF.
  • In primary NCF, reference to rights and responsibilities.
initial observations1
Initial Observations
  • In secondary: learning area of “Rights and Responsibilities” under Health and Physical Education.
  • Level descriptors from Form I to Form V
    • Personal and societal attitudes and values
    • Interpersonal skills and conflict resolution
    • Rights and responsibilities
  • Interest in HRE, but must work within existing system: Training of teachers, improving school environment, making HRE “more explicit” in curricula and in practice
hre encompasses
HRE Encompasses…
  • Knowledge and skills — learning about human rights and mechanisms, as well as acquiring skills to apply them in a practical way in daily life.
  • Values, attitudes and behaviour — developing values and reinforcing attitudes and behaviour which uphold human rights.
  • Action — taking action to defend and promote human rights.
world programme for hre
World Programme for HRE
  • Follow up to UN Decade for HRE (1995-2004).
  • Covers all members of society but is being implemented in stages.
  • Intended for States but recognizes roles of civil society.
  • Implemented in stages. First phase (2005-2009): formal schooling sector. Phase 2 (2010-2014): higher education including professional training institutions.
objectives of the world programme for hre
Objectives of the World Programme for HRE
  • To promote the development of a culture of human rights.
  • To promote a common understanding, based on international instruments, of basic principles and methodologies for HRE.
  • To ensure a focus on HRE at the national, regional and international levels.
objectives of the world programme for hre cont
Objectives of the World Programme for HRE (cont.)
  • To provide a common collective framework for action by all relevant actors.
  • To enhance partnership and cooperation at all levels.
  • To survey, evaluate and support existing HRE programmes, to highlight successful practices, and to provide an incentive to continue and/or expand them and to develop new ones.
5 key components of success
5 Key components of success
  • Policy
  • Policy Implementation
  • Learning Environment
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Educational and Professional Development of School Personnel
so what
So what?
  • What already exists in our secondary education system that contains elements of or reflects HRE? (learning environment, teaching and learning, professional development of education staff, evaluation…)
  • What do we want:
    • For the students?
    • For teachers?
    • For parents?
    • For ourselves?
next the commonwealth secretariat will
Next: The Commonwealth Secretariat Will…
  • Compile a report on the situation of HRE in schools in Mauritius, making recommendations to the GoM.
  • Present a report to the GoM for their inputs and approval of recommendations.
  • Assist the GoM with model curricula for schools as well as curricula for the training of teachers.
  • Assist the GoM in building the capacity of teachers and other key stakeholders in implementing the model curricula.
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