Teaching Human Rights in Classrooms and Communities


When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 320C
Cost: $345 – Early Bird Rate (by September 20) $395 – regular rate.

In this workshop for educators and practitioners, participants will develop or strengthen their capacity to engage in human rights education – to foster knowledge, skills, attitudes and action for the protection and promotion of human rights among students using rights-based teaching methods. 

Participants will: learn key human rights concepts, international law and a variety of strategies for human rights advocacy that they can incorporate into their own teaching; be introduced to and practice rights-based teaching approaches, which include participatory, interactive and experiential learning methods that respect human rights; modify human rights learning activities for their own teaching environment;  learn how human rights education can meet state standard requirements; discuss and consider ideas about how to respond to discriminatory remarks, practices, and policies at the individual and organizational/institutional levels.

Facilitators: Sandra Sirota, EdD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Connecticut. Sandra co-founded the Advocacy Lab, a nonprofit organization providing human rights education to secondary school students in New York City and served on the founding steering committee of Human Rights Educators USA, from 2012 to 2014. She teaches courses and workshops on human rights, social justice, education, and social movements. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia University Teachers College in May 2017 through the Department of International and Transcultural Studies, with a concentration in peace and human rights education.

Kristina Eberbach is the Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She served as Director of Education from 2010-2019 and oversaw the human rights degree programs, the Human Rights Trainings Series, and the University Human Rights Education in Myanmar project. She has also designed and facilitated human rights capacity-building trainings for members of civil society and government officials in Colombia and Iraq and has undertaken research, reporting, and advocacy work in Kenya, South Africa, and Northern Uganda. She is a member of the Steering Committee for Human Rights Educators USA and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE).For questions, email humanrightsed@columbia.edu
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