, Volume 47, Issue 1–2, pp 1–2 | Cite as

Advancing inclusive and quality education through human rights education

  • P. T. M. Marope

Since its founding, UNESCO has promoted education as a means for fostering the core values of the United Nations, such as integrity and respect for diversity. In 1974, UNESCO passed the Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace, and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (UNESCO 1974). This milestone document recognized discrete approaches that would evolve into UNESCO programming with global dimensions, including human rights education. Human rights education (HRE), like the wider international human rights project, is a bold attempt to influence laws and state behavior, while at the same time inspiring people to apply human rights to their everyday lives.

Member States are responsible for carrying out human rights education so that citizens and persons living on their territories are familiarized with and motivated by human rights values and international human rights standards. The United Nations Declaration on...


  1. UNESCO (1974). Recommendation concerning education for international understanding, co-operation and peace, and education relating to human rights and fundamental freedoms. Paris: UNESCO.
  2. UNHRC [United National Human Rights Council] (2011). United Nations declaration on human rights education and training. Adopted by the Human Rights Council, 8 April 2011. Geneva: UNHRC.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNESCO International Bureau of EducationGeneva 20Switzerland

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