Respect for human rights is a universal value important for all communities throughout the OSCE. One way of promoting respect for human rights is through human rights education (HRE) and training, which links knowledge about human rights, skills and values with the actions, strategies and advocacy to claim rights.
Through training and hands-on projects, ODIHR works to increase the capacity of government officials to respect, protect and fulfill human rights. The Office’s programme also aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society and national human rights institutions (NHRIs) as well as OSCE field operations in monitoring, reporting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Many countries in the OSCE region have introduced HRE into formal educational curricula in schools, in universities and in the training of different professional groups, such as law enforcement officers. ODIHR’s programme is designed to encourage and assist authorities and civil society to take a more comprehensive approach to HRE, as well as to use more effective practices in HRE and training.
ODIHR together with key partners has prepared a compendium of good practices in human rights education in the school system - including citizenship education and education for mutual respect and understanding.
Designed as a resource for teachers in primary and secondary schools, teacher training institutions and education policymakers, the compendium brings together 101 exemplary practices in HRE from Central Asia, Europe and North America.
ODIHR published the compendium in co-operation with the Council of Europe, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNESCO and Human Rights Education Associates (an international NGO).