“Human rights: Enhancing equal citizenship rights in education” 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.