WERA IRN Human Rights Education 2022 Webinar Series Seminar 3

Wed, 27 April 2022

10:30 – 11:30 CDT

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Human rights education as a framework for transmitting religion as cultural heritage

Eva Lindhardt, University College Copenhagen, Denmark

The child’s right to freedom of religion and belief and fundamental principles such as equality and non-discrimination constitute an international frame for religious education (RE). However, these rights risk being undermined when RE is allocated a major role in transmitting the majority religion as national cultural heritage and national identity. In this presentation Eva Lindhardt will explore and discuss this question. She will draw on her analysis of the transmission of Christianity as cultural heritage in the national RE curriculum for primary and lower secondary schools in Denmark. She argues that human rights education principles could provide a basis for an alternative pluralistic, objective, and critical approach to RE, thus enabling the classroom to function as a community of disagreement. The author’s full paper is Lindhardt, E. (2022). Human rights education as a framework for transmitting religion as cultural heritage. Human Rights Education Review, 5(1), 5–27. https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.4452

It can be read at https://humanrer.org/index.php/human/article/view/4452

About the organizers

The WERA IRN on Human Rights Education was established in Spring 2019 and launched in London in June that year. The coordinators are Professor Audrey Osler (USN, Norway, University of Leeds, UK ) and Professor Hugh Starkey (IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, London, UK). The two pillars of the IRN are Human Rights Education Review and UCL’s International Conference on Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) conference.

Contact: for any questions or comments please contact Professor Hugh Starkey h.starkey@ucl.ac.uk or Professor Audrey Osler a.h.osler@leeds.ac.uk

12th Annual Sexual Freedom Summit

Woodhull Freedom Foundation is pleased to invite you to our 12th annual Sexual Freedom Summit (August 4 – 7, 2022) – the event where everything comes together in spectacular conversations about sexual rights. 

Register here!

At the Summit, we work toward identifying ways to expand freedom and eradicate injustice, and we put our bodies, our desires, and our personal autonomy at the core. 

The Sexual Freedom Summit features human rights activists, sexuality educators and researchers, professionals from the legal and medical fields, authors, sexual freedom movement leaders, and organizational partners all working toward the time when sexual freedom is fully recognized as a fundamental human right.

This Summit is for EVERYONE interested in learning about the issues in the realm of sexual freedom, advancing their current knowledge, and gaining the tools to actually create the change we need to accomplish.

Recalibrating a Code of Character, Conduct, and Support: A Pathway to Equity

In what ways can creating and implementing a district Code of Character, Conduct, and Support serve as a catalyst for systemic change and create more equitable policies and practices that foster every student’s social, emotional, and academic growth?

Find out! Join an online convening on Recalibrating a Code of Character, Conduct, and Support: A Pathway to Equity conducted by Engaging Schools staff and sponsored by BOCES.

“The Code convening started or sparked a more thoughtful dialogue and the small group break-out discussions were very helpful. The hours flew by!” — Helen Deranian, CREST Collaborative, December 2021

There are two options to participate:

Thursday, April 7, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – Nassau BOCES. For more information and to register, please click here.

Thursday, May 5, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – Eastern Suffolk BOCES. For more information and to register, please click here.

Audience: District and school leaders and administrators; district teams recommended.

Learn more about working with Engaging Schools on District Codes of Character, Conduct, and Support.

Invitation to pilot lessons: Imagine: Reflections on Peace

The Educators’ Institute for Human Rights has partnered with the VII Foundation, an organization dedicated to building peace and ending conflict through photojournalism.  EIHR has written lessons based on VII Foundation’s exhibit and website, Imagine: Reflections on Peace (www.reflectionsonpeace.org).  The countries represented are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, and Rwanda; each country has foundational lessons (timeline and photo activities, etc.) as well as two extension lessons.  

We would love help piloting these lessons.  Teachers can choose a country and pilot the whole unit or select lessons, or can choose more than one country to teach.  We ask that teachers provide feedback on a provided form once the lessons have been completed.  

The lessons can be accessed at  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dfbobooUxdYidj32LJXrmrk7DKeoQQ9C, and the evaluation form is at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0iU7IUlCFCkn1LnVcN07EUFbY9m2Tbhh21uUbyPaJQ8V80w/viewform.  

Any questions can be directed to Kim Klett (kim@eihr.org).

WERA IRN Human Rights Education 2022 Webinar Series: Webinar 2

Examining relationships and sex education through a child rights lens: an intersectional approach Francesca Zanatta, Univ East London, UK

Wed, 6 April 2022

10:30 – 11:30 CDT

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Examining relationships and sex education through a child rights lens: an intersectional approach

Francesca Zanatta, Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, UK.

In this presentation, Francesca Zanatta examines how teaching and learning about rights in an intersectional way can inform the topic of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), drawing on her experiences of teaching an undergraduate child rights module. The module, designed for future educators, intersects elements of children’s rights education with the theoretical positions of queer studies and critical pedagogy. Drawing on data from two focus groups, consisting of students following the programme, she analyses students’ views and attitudes to RSE, using Foucault’s overarching concept of problematisation and the concept of sites of struggle. Data analysis reveals tensions and potential clashes between the students’ professional selves, their personal values, and elements of the theoretical framework adopted in the course. These tensions are nevertheless constructive, highlighting the potential of children’s rights education to contribute to transformative human development. The author’s full paper is Zanatta, F. (2021). Examining Relationships and Sex Education through a child rights lens: an intersectional approach. Human Rights Education Review, 4(1), 49–69. https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.3991

It can be accessed at: https://humanrer.org/index.php/human/article/view/3991

Webinar recordings can be viewed on the YouTube Channel 

About the organizers

The WERA IRN on Human Rights Education was established in Spring 2019 and launched in London in June that year. The coordinators are Professor Audrey Osler (USN, Norway, University of Leeds, UK ) and Professor Hugh Starkey (IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, London, UK). The two pillars of the IRN are Human Rights Education Review and UCL’s International Conference on Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) conference.

Amnesty International is seeking applicants for the Head of Human Rights Education!

This position involves developing and managing Amnesty’s Human Rights Education work around the world, including associated strategies, operational plans, and their evaluation and including a strong focus on Education Technology.

The Head of HRE will provide support to the Amnesty International movement for human rights education programming; provide support to regional and thematic human rights education projects; and support the integration and alignment of human rights education with Amnesty International’s global campaigns, regional strategies and growth strategy, and thematic priorities. 

This is a permanent position where you will be managing a remote global team with matrix management responsibilities with staff in regional offices.

London and Oslo are preferable positions, but other Amnesty locations will be considered.

Closing Date: 7 April 2022

For a full job description and instructions about how to apply, visit this page.

Webinar: Critical Pedagogy in Higher Education: Reimagining Universities for Democracy and Human Rights

April 1, 9:00-10:30 am, Bangkok time

March 31,10:00-11:30 pm, New York, EDT.

Register at: https://bit.ly/3quvVvq

Against the backdrop of a changing educational landscape resulting from the pandemic as well as democratic backsliding, this webinar will engage in a conversation with two scholars, Dr. Felisa Tibbitts, UNESCO Chair of Human Rights and Higher Education at the Faculty of Law, Governance and Economics, University of Utrecht; and Dr. Khoo Ying Hooi, Head of the Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and also Head of University of Malaya Research Group on Human Rights.

The session will be facilitated by Dr. Vachararutai (Jan) Boontinand, Director of Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University.

For more information: https://ihrp.mahidol.ac.th/…/critical-pedagogy-in…/