02 March 2018, GENEVA – A new book entitled “Human rights: Enhancing equal citizenship rights in education” has been published by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“the Geneva Centre”). The book is the outcome of a panel debate held on 12 May 2017 at Palais des Nations in Geneva on the theme of “Human rights: Enhancing equal citizenship rights in education.”

The panel debate was arranged by the Geneva Centre in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Geneva, the International Bureau of Education – UNESCO (IBE-UNESCO) and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.

The book reviews the panel proceedings and the deliberations that were delivered by representatives from the Ministry of Education of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the UNESCO Liaison office in Geneva, IBE-UNESCO, the Finnish National Agency of Education, the El Hassan Youth Award (Jordan) and academics from University of Los Andes (Colombia) and University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka). The debate was moderated by the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre Ambassador Idriss Jazairy. It also includes an intellectual think piece prepared by staff of the Geneva Centre on the lessons learned from the panel debate and the interplay between human rights and equal citizenship rights. 

The goal of the panel debate was to assess the impact of education in rebuilding societies affected by inter-communal violence in the broader context of human rights. Drawing upon the experiences of UNESCO and IBE-UNESCO, the debate approached the educational frameworks of three countries, namely Bahrain, Colombia and Sri Lanka. The common thread between these case studies in their attempt to integrate human rights and citizenship education within their curricula, at various stages of the educational cycle, to restore harmony. The panel discussion was guided by the achievements of Finland in enhancing equal citizenship rights through education.

Paper copies of the Geneva Centre’s book on education and equal citizenship rights can be obtained by sending an email request to the following email address info@gchragd.org indicating name and postal address of recipient.

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