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March 2019
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.

New Landmark Abidjan Principles on the right to education











On February 13, a group of human rights experts from around the world adopted the Abidjan Principles on the right to education following three years of consultations, reflection and drafting. The Abidjan Principles seek to strengthen existing efforts to ensure that everyone’s right to education is protected in the context of growing, and often unregulated private actor involvement in education. These Principles will be the new reference point for governments, social organizations, educators and education providers when debating the respective roles and duties of states and private actors in education. 

The final text of the Abidjan Principles was finally PUBLISHED TODAY, Thursday, March 21st at The Heron Portico Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Professor Ann Skelton, chair of the Drafting Committee, and who holds the UNESCO Chair of Education Law in Africa, said: "Until today, those responsible for ensuring the right to education lacked clarity on what international human rights law says about private actor involvement in education, often leading to inadvertent and preventable adverse impacts. The Abidjan Principles compile and reassert the legal obligations of states in one document. They have been developed to respond to the well-evidenced, detrimental impacts that are often the result of the commercialization of education." 

>> Learn more about read the Abidjan Principles

 IN THIS ISSUE

UPDATES & NEWS

  Abidjan Principles
  Flowers Fund Grants

TAKE ACTION

  Pass Dream & Promise Act

HR IN THE CLASSROOM

  New Zealand Mosque Shootings

PARTNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  Radical Teacher: Call for Papers
  HEC Bloom Grants
 
 The New Teacher Book
 Human Rights Cities
 Children's Rights MOOC

SUMMER PROGRAMS
 Global Institute for HR - PA
 Genocide & HR - Canada

EVENTS
  UCCHRE Webinar
  CTAUN Conference - NY
  Human Rights Cities - GA

Apply for a 2019 Flowers Fund Grant

 












 
 


Do you have an idea to advance human rights education in the United States?  Need support?  Applications are now being accepted for 2019 Flowers Fund Grants.

Grants of up to $1000 will be made for projects to individuals and organizations that are members of HRE USA. All applications should have direct relevance to human rights education in the United States and be completed during the 2019/2020 Academic year.

The Flowers Fund will consider applications in areas such as research in human rights education, travel to attend HRE conferences, encouragement of emerging leadership, and innovative projects that expand the scope and understanding of HRE and/or extend the audience for HRE. ​

Application Deadline: July 1st

>> Learn more and apply

Pass the Dream and Promise Act Now!


Dreamers (who were brought here as minors) and recipients of Temporary Protective Status are educators and students, our colleagues, neighbors and friends. They are teaching in our schools, organizing in our union, serving in the military, and contributing to our communities. This country is their home.  

Now there is finally a bill in Congress to give this group of aspiring Americans the rights and protections they deserve.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced an updated Dream Act that gives hope and dignity to aspiring new Americans while aiming to provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of individuals known as “Dreamers” who came to the United States as minors.

The introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) reflects the tireless work of legislators, students, activists, and organizations on behalf of immigrants. Together, these advocates are exhibiting their respect and concern for Dreamers and other beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) from ongoing attacks by the Trump administration.

The bill would help approximately 3.6 million Dreamers, including the 800,000 who have been shielded from deportation and granted a work permit under DACA. The legislation provides protection and certainty to our neighbors, friends, many who are students and educators in our schools. The bill not only helps families stay together and secure long-term economic stability, but also enables thousands of students to pursue their education and career goals by opening financial aid and college loans.

>> Learn more
>> Contact your representative 

Finding Resolve After the New Zealand Mosque Shootings


By Cory Collins, Teaching Tolerance

The mosque shootings in New Zealand may be far away, but this is an opportunity to help students understand and actively participate in a better tomorrow.


Nearly 7,000 miles separate the U.S. west coast from Christchurch, New Zealand. But the attack on two mosques that left 50 dead and 20 more injured during Friday’s afternoon prayers feels close. 

It feels close because we, too, have witnessed the tragic consequences of violent Islamophobia in the United States. We remember the two victims stabbed on a Portland train. We remember the man who was shot and killed in Olathe, Kansas. We remember Nazma KhanamMaulama Akonjee, and Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein.

It feels close because we, too, have witnessed the horrors of white supremacy entering a house of worship. We remember the 11 victims gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue. We remember the nine worshipers killed in Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

It feels close because we, too, are reckoning with emboldened hate toward Muslims, immigrants, refugees, and people of color. 

And it feels close because the killer wanted it to. He live-streamed his rampage and posted his manifesto so that, in a sense, the shooting was everywhere in real time. We do not recommend you engage with either, but it’s possible your students have. 

So, while this incident happened 7,000 miles and 17 time zones away, it hits close to home. And there are ways educators can be there for students. 

>> Read the full article
>> Get Teaching Tolerance Resources

Radical Teacher: Call for Papers


Radical Teacher is now accepting submissions for their latest issue of Radical Teacher: Anti-Oppressive Composition Pedagogies: Teaching Writing with Urgency toward Refusal, Justice, and Transformation.

This CFP is a call for community-building and community transformation: to build tools, resources, and spaces for transforming our classrooms, specifically our writing classrooms; and to approach the teaching of composition in community, with accountability, and with urgency. Such a project requires that we situate ourselves with respect to Critical Pedagogy as an academic field. 


Deadline: April 1, 2019

>> Learn more and apply

Bloom Grants Available from Human Education Coalition







The Humane Education Coalition is now accepting proposals for a Bloom Grant of up to $1,000 to support humane education programs! Bloom Grants are designed to support new or existing humane education programs. The Coalition can provide up to $1,000 per grant to assist with the development of a humane education program, curricula, learning materials, and/or assessment tools.

​Priority is given to partner organizations that are in the early stages of developing a program or assessment, and where the grant funds will have the greatest impact. Bloom Grants may be used to cover the cost of program materials and supplies, research, marketing, technical support and fees, professional development, and local or regional travel expenses.


Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

>> Learn more and apply

The New Teacher Book

Rethinking Schools has just published the newly revised and expanded third edition of The New Teacher Book: Finding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom. 

The book grew out of Rethinking Schools workshops with early career teachers. It offers practical guidance on how to flourish in schools and classrooms and connect in meaningful ways with students and families from all cultures and backgrounds. 

There is a huge difference between having lots of book knowledge about a given area — literature, history, math, science — and knowing how to translate that knowledge into lessons that help students learn. All teachers — new and veteran — need skills to develop curriculum that celebrates the delightful aspects of our students’ lives. And we need strategies that address the tragedy of some students’ lives and the tragedy that the world delivers — misogyny, racism, homophobia, poverty, war. We need to discover ways to weave these into our curriculum.

That kind of connection intention takes time and practice and The New Teacher Book from Rethinking Schools can help you get there. 

>> Learn more and purchase

Human Rights Cities

We are used to thinking of human rights as a matter for states to deal with. Much less investigated is the question of what cities do with them, even though urban communities and municipalities have been discussing human rights for quite some time.

In this volume, Grigolo borrows the concept of `the human rights city' to invite us to think about a new urban utopia: a place where human rights strive to guide urban life. By turning the question of the meaning and use of human rights in cities into the object of critical investigation, this book tracks the genesis, institutionalization and implementation of human rights in cities; focusing on New York, San Francisco and Barcelona.

Touching also upon matters such as women's rights, LGBT rights, and migrant rights, The Human Rights City emphasizes how human rights can serve urban justice but also a neoliberal practice of the city. This book is a useful resource for scholars and students interested in fields such as Sociology of Human Rights, Sociology of Law, Urban Sociology, Political Sociology, and Social Policies.

>> Learn more and purchase

Free Online course on Children's Human Rights


Harvard University is launching a free massive open online course on Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice. The course, which has a duration of 14 weeks and requires a commitment of 4 to 6 hours per week, is taught in English.

In this course you will learn about the foundations of child protection in international human rights law, you will identify child protection issues around the world, and you will explore the severe impact violence and exploitation have on the development of children. You will also discover strategies to prevent these harms and learn how you can strengthen the child protection system.

The course is taught by Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard’s Research Director of the Center for Health and Human Rights. Previously Jacqueline Bhabha worked as a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

While the course contents are available for free, you may opt-in for a verified Harvard certification for an extra fee. Financial aid is available on request for those who qualify through the edX platform.

>> Learn more and register 

Global Institute for Human Rights Summer Program at Penn Law


Dates: 
June 10 - June 14
Where: University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $2,195


The Penn Law Global Institute for Human Rights offers an immersive, one-week course of study aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, from all over the world, passionate about a career in human rights advocacy, or just looking to enhance their awareness of current and emerging human rights issues. The Institute is unique compared to traditional academic studies of human rights, as the focus of this program is on bringing working human rights advocates from around the world to the table to share their knowledge, experiences, and career paths with the next generation of human rights advocates.

Application Deadline: May 3, 2019

All students who complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Scholarships available. 

>> Learn more and apply

Genocide and Human Rights University Program

Dates: August 5-16, 2019
Where: University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Cost:  $999.00 CDN


The Zoryan Institute's Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) is a two-week, graduate-level summer course hosted in partnership with the University of Toronto History Department. Taught by leading experts over a 2-week period, this course incorporates genocide theory, history, sociology, political science, anthropology and international law.

The GHRUP provides participants with the intellectual framework to understand the numerous, complex, and often emotional issues related to genocide. An examination of several major case studies of genocide including the Armenian Genocide, the Jewish Holocaust, and the Rwandan Genocide among others, provides the foundation for comparative analysis while specific case studies and special themes vary from year to year.

Students come from all over the world to participate in this structured forum to explore universal questions relating to human rights and their gross violations. 


Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

>> Learn more and apply

Free UCCHRE Webinar with Sandra Sirota



EVENT DETAILS: 

Date: Monday, April 1, 2019
Time: 1-2 pm EDT.
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE 
Presenter: Sandra Sirota

Webinar Description:
The University & College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE) will host an online discussion led by Sandra Sirota on the drafting of the Plan of Action for the 4th Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, which is focused on youth (roughly ages 15 – 24). Please join us to offer your perspectives and provide input for the plan. Recommendations from this discussion will be shared with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

>> Read UN Resolution Plan of Action on the drafting of the Plan of Action

To Join Webinar: RSVP  to email ucchre@gmail.com

Sponsored by the University & College Consortium for Human Rights Education

20th CTAUN Conference at the United Nations


EVENT DETAILS: 

When: Friday, April 5, 2019
Where: United Nations, New York, NY
Cost: $15-35 

The 20th Annual Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference will be held on April 5, 2019, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.  The theme for this year's conference is: "Our Planet, Our Crisis - What Now?"

This conference will highlight major issues affecting our environment, and showcase efforts underway by UN agencies, governments, NGOs and individuals in finding solutions.  Special emphasis will be on the role of educators in raising awareness and as always we will provide resources for use in the classroom.  


>> Learn more and register

Building and Sustaining Human Rights Cities Together in the South

 



EVENT DETAILS:

When: April 26-28
Times: Day 1: 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Day 2: 8:30am – 5:00pm, Day 3: 8:30am – 11:00am
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Join the National Human Rights Cities Alliance and partners to explore the human rights city organizing model to “bring human rights home.”  This multi-day event aims to promote understanding of human rights cities/communities and advance ideas and models for local human rights practice.

>> Learn more about the National Human Rights Cities Alliance

More details will be forthcoming including lodging and other logistical details. For questions, please email Jacob Flowers at jflower@afsc.org for more information.

Organized by National Human Rights Cities Alliance, American Friends Service Committee – US Human Rights Network. 

Human Rights Educators USA is a national network that strives to promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education in the United States.   >> Learn more 
HRE USA is a project of the Center for Transformative Action
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