Human Rights Educators USA

MISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATORS USA (HRE USA):

To promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education (HRE) in the United States.

HRE USA facilitates mutual collaboration and support to maximize members' efforts to:

  • integrate HRE into formal and non-formal educational settings, such as schools, universities, and organizations that work with youth;
  • advocate for the inclusion of HRE in national and state education policies, standards, curricula, and pedagogy;
  • provide pre-service and in-service teacher training programs and HRE resources;
  • contribute to global research and scholarship on HRE; and
  • empower educators and learners.

HISTORY OF HRE USA

Over 75 educators, students, higher education faculty, members of non-profit organizations, representatives from national teacher unions, and other stakeholders participated in the “Building a Human Rights Education Strategy for US Schools,” which took place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 16-17, 2011. This event was co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), the National Education Association and the University of San Francisco’s School of Education.

The sharing and planning work of the conference resulted in the development of a draft national strategy for human rights education. Moreover, a decision was taken to initiate a new network for human rights education in the USA. The work of this new network, Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA), was given great inspiration in December 2011 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, underscoring the importance of human rights to every child’s education.

HRE USA VALUES FRAMEWORK

HRE USA is committed to the basic human rights principles of human dignity, equality, and non-discrimination as articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In all our undertakings we value diversity, inclusiveness, transparency, integrity, accountability, responsibility, and respectful and honest communication and sharing.

Regardless of varying perspectives, HRE USA expects its members will operate from the same values in their dealings with each other.

DEFINITION OF HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION

Human Rights Education is a lifelong process of teaching and learning that helps individuals develop the knowledge, skills, and values to fully exercise and protect the human rights of themselves and others; to fulfill their responsibilities in the context of internationally agreed upon human rights principles; and to achieve justice and peace in our world.

HRE USA DECISION-MAKING POLICY

HRE USA uses a consensus-based framework for decision-making. The Steering Committee and other working groups can choose other decision-making approaches when time constraints do not permit full discussion of issues.

Decisions are guided by the vision and mission of the network.