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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 p.mcadams@hrea.org 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 p.mcadams@hrea.org

December 2 2011


Overview
Overview

  • Purpose of the Project

  • Outputs

  • Initial Observations

  • Human Rights Education (HRE)

  • World Programme for HRE

  • So What?

  • Next Steps


Human rights education in schools in mauritius

Why is human rights education important?

Why?

Why?


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.