The project in depth
Human rights education is increasingly recognized as an essential
component in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.
Project Human Rights Education enables grassroots organizations
to print one basic human rights quotation on printed materials they
send out to their constituencies, on their websites, and in other
locations. Instead of relying on governments and educational institutions
to educate people about their rights, this Project facilitates civil
society's use of already existing communication resources to spread
information about human rights.
Who educates about human rights?
Governments everywhere are committed to educating people about
human rights. Schools have committed to educating students about
human rights. That formal education process is moving very slowly.
Now, to give human rights education a fresh boost, Project Human
Rights Education, speaking directly as a non-governmental organization
to all kinds of other non-profit organizations, engages with them
in a collaboration for wider human rights education at the grassroots
Many different kinds of organizations in civil society are in a
natural position to carry a human rights message while at the same
time delivering their own organizational message.
Implementation of Project Human Rights Education is simple
and straightforward. Organizations select a relevant human rights
quotation that is relevant to their mission, and include it in their
printed material. As the NGO prepares its new literature, upgrades
its website, sends out fund-raisers, and distributes its brochures
with this human rights quotation, it becomes a deliberate force
for human rights protection and promotion.
Every organization decides for itself which quotation best suits
its goals. Organizations taking part in this pro bono Project that
would like to consult about which quotation, out of a range of human
rights quotations, are encouraged to call upon the Project's
human rights educators to help in selecting their particular quotation.
Every organization chooses a relevant quotation from among the
international human rights treaties in force. When they disseminate
this information, they are fulfilling the call made by virtually
all governments and by the United Nations to encourage and spread
human rights education.
Implementation of Project Human Rights Education is straightforward.
Organizations select quotations from human rights documents that
are relevant to their mission and include them in their printed
material (e.g. letterhead, pamphlets, fundraising material, t-shirts,
websites, etc.). If they have any questions about deciding on the
most appropriate quotation, organizations can draw on the knowledge
of professional Human Rights Educators in selecting the quotation.
With the publication of these quoted human rights, organizations
bring themselves into closer association with the international
network of human rights organizations and, most importantly, educate
and inspire the communities they serve with knowledge of their rights
Why does the Project work through collaboration with other
Grassroots organizations have risen to a place of prominence worldwide
in local, regional, national and international affairs. They are
recognized as the voice of entire populations of people whose interests
would otherwise go unspoken. The relationships these organizations
have built with their local populations make them ideal vehicles
for human rights education.
The Project's fundamental purpose is to facilitate grassroots
organizations, some of which may be human rights organizations but
many not, into a position where they can easily educate their constituencies
about their rights.
A Final Word:
There are vast numbers of grassroots organizations in every
part of the world, starting with your own locale
Grassroots organizations are in an excellent position to communicate
human rights information to their members and the general public
Grassroots organizations are closely in touch with their members,
moreso perhaps than are many schools, governments, and other
Members tend to pay close attention to their organizations'
Grassroots organizations enhance their standing when they become
part of a global surge towards human rights
And Finally: It is time for grassroots organizations
to expand their potential for mainstreaming human rights in
everyday life at the grassroots.
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